Hike the Mountain Lakes Nature Preserve

New Jersey Mountain Lakes Nature Preserve

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This 75-acre natural area located just outside downtown Princeton is a favorite for family walks, birding, and fishing. Originally part of King George III's land grant to William Penn, it was farmed until the late nineteenth century. In the early 1980s it was purchased by Princeton Township - in part through the Green Acres funds - and is now preserved as open space. With the Preserve’s two lakes, numerous rocky creeks, wooded wetlands, and upland forests, this park provides a diversity of ecosystems for native flora and fauna.

An 8-mile network of maintained trails traversing this Preserve, Mountain Lakes North, John Witherspoon Woods,parts of Tusculum (private) and Community Park North makes a variety of loop hikes possible. Pathways include a boardwalk (over wetlands) and paved bicycle roads. Click here for a trail map of the entire open space area, provided by the NJ Trails Association (2009).

Mostly flat terrain: from 100 ft. at the lakes to 280 ft. in the NE corner of John Witherspoon Woods.

Pack List

  • Clothing appropriate to the weather
  • Bottle of water
  • Camera
  • Snack
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How to Get There

11 months ago

Excellent day hike

I go hiking with my dog and this was a nice day hike through mostly woods. We took the widest possible loop, and once you get away from the trail head, you pretty much get the place to yourself (I went on a weekday). I'll definitely be back.

11 months ago

Added by Khürt Williams

Husband, father, information security professional, an avid photographer, and technology geek.

Activities:

Photography, Hiking

Skill Level:

Beginner

Season:

Spring, Summer, Autumn

Trail Type:

Loop

Distance:

8 Miles

Elev. Gain:

280 Feet

Rating:

Features:

Family Friendly
Forest
Lake
Picnic Area
Romantic
Scenic
Wildflowers
Wildlife

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