Location: South Brunswick
Size: 196 acres
Facilities: Hiking Trail, Parking Area
*Please keep out of the agricultural fields. Buildings are not open to the public.
The historic Van Dyke Farm was preserved through a partnership between Middlesex County, South Brunswick Township and NJ’s Green Acres Program in 2011. This nearly 200-acre farm was slated for a 52 lot subdivision, but local citizens worked tirelessly to help preserve the land. Records show that property was deeded to the Van Dyke family in 1688 who retained it until 1954. Graves on the property may contain the remains of Revolutionary War soldier John Van Dyke, his family and enslaved African-Americans. The property is eligible for listing in the New Jersey and National Registers of Historic Places.
Much of the property remains as farmland, but the eastern section of the property are wooded wetlands. A small gravel parking lot off Davidson’s Mill Road gives access to a nearly mile-long section of hiking trail. The Wood Road trail brings visitors through the sections filled with red maple and cat-brier. The Van Dyke Loop traverses a mature beech forest with views of vernal wetlands. Look for migrating songbirds in the spring and fall. Listen for calling amphibians in the early spring through summer.