FoHVOS Preserves

Friends of Hopewell Valley Open Space owns 29 nature preserves totaling over 1,880 acres in the Hopewell Valley. In addition, we have 14 conservation easements totaling 791 acres. Below is detailed information about each our preserves. Preserves with trails are noted with a trail symbol. Click on the symbol for access and directions.

Maps are available here in .pdf format by clicking on the Preserve name. Each map is approximately 500 KB.

preserved land in hopewell township
This map shows preserved land in
Hopewell Township as of April, 2016.

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© Cartography by Friends of Hopewell Valley Open Space.
Other data acquired from, NJDEP and NJDOT, but this secondary map product has not been verified or authorized by those agencies.

FoHVOS Preserves

Albahary and Grossman Preserves are located just north of Hopewell Borough in the foothills of the Sourland Mountain region. The area has a unique history—Webster Edgerly, founder of a health and self-improvement movement called Ralstonianism, purchased this land in the late 1800s. He envisioned a utopian community, Ralston Heights, for his followers. Buyers were not forthcoming, and many of the planned houses and public roads between Hopewell-Amwell and Hopewell-Wertsville Roads were never built. The preserves are primarily Norway spruce plantation and ash. (7and 0.9 acres; acquired in 2003 and 2001 respectively)

Arena Preserve, surrounded by equal parts farmland and forest, is located at the Hopewell Township’s northern border. Much of the preserve’s 10 acre forest was wooded in the 1930s and features red oak, shagbark hickory, and black birch. The remaining portions of the preserve are formerly hayfields, now reverting to a mix of native—New York ironweed and swamp milkweed—and invasive—multiflora rose and Callery pear—species. (28 acres; acquired in 2005)

Arno and Pogorzelski Preserves, features a forest canopy of primarily mature oak, ash, and American beech trees . The habitat represents an upland forest community of the Sourland Mountain region. (6 and 8 acres; acquired in 2001 and 2004, respectively)

The Brown Preserve is currently agricultural fields and shrubland located along Pennington-Titusville Road. As part of our agreement with the Brown Family, the agricultural land will be farmed for the next five years. This land will then be restored to native wildflower meadow. The Preserve is part of a network of protected lands in the area and may ultimately be connected to the Jacobs Creek Trail. (35 acres, acquired in 2016).

Eames Preserve protects a mosaic of habitats—mature upland forest, young forest, meadow, and a portion of Woodsville Brook and its floodplain. A 1.6 mile loop trail traverses through each habitat. It is co-owned with the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection. (76 acres; acquired in 2004)
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Elks Preserve is in the Mount Rose vicinity of Hopewell Township. A loop trail of just over 1 mile traverses through former agricultural lands, now reverting to red maple and red cedar. In addition, the trail connects to the Stony Brook Millstone Watershed Association trail network, offering a longer hike. (45 acres; acquired in 2000)
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Fiddler Creek Preserve is comprised of mature upland forest along Fiddler's Creek, meadow, and second growth forest. The tract is contiguous with the Ted Stiles Preserve at Baldpate Mountain, separated only by Fiddler’s Creek Road. Mercer County, Friends of Hopewell Valley Open Space, Hopewell Township, and D&R Greenway partnered to protect this land. This preserve is co-owned with New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, Mercer County Park Commission andHopewell Township. (108 acres; acquired in 2010)

Franz Preserve protects a portion of the Jacobs Creek, one of its tributaries, and adjacent forested wetlands and uplands. The preserve’s forests are in various states of succession from young red cedar thickets to mature forest. (19 acres; acquired in 2000)

Genovesi Preserve is situated in Hopewell's Mount Rose section. This parcel protects a portion of the area’s forest and features woody plant species such as: maple leaf viburnum, black birch, and ironwood. The site was once quarried – a large pit and a stone foundation remain as evidence. (3 acres; acquired in 2000)

Gomez Preserve is a patchwork of meadows, open woodlands, red cedar thickets, and a spruce and fir plantation. The former owner maintained a narrow airstrip which is still visible along Route 518. (59 acres; acquired in 2008)

Guastella Preserve is a small tract located just west of the Hopewell Borough boundary. The parcel is part of a network of open space outside the Borough. (0.5 acres; acquired in 2008)

Heritage Preserve features a unique trail experience that takes a visitor through several stages of forest succession—meadow, forested wetlands of red maples, mature forest, and a dense stand of sweet gum. The mature forest boasts a display of spring woodland wildflowers including spring beauty, Canada mayflower, and trout lily. (66 acres; acquired in 2008)
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Huber Preserve is a forested tract along pastoral Harbourton Woodsville Road. Black oak, American beech, maple leaf viburnum, and black birch grow here. The parcel is located near a hub of larger FoHVOS preserves. (0.99 acres: acquired in 2003)

Jacob's Creek Trail offers close up views as well as scenic vistas of a one mile section of this well known Hopewell Valley creek. The trail runs from Pennington-Titusville Road to Pennington-Harbourton Road. Jacob’s Creek begins in Hopewell Township and ends at the Delaware River. Friends of Hopewell Valley Open Space has obtained easements along the creek to preserve its beauty and provide public access.
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Krech Preserve is part of a larger network of preserved open space in northern Hopewell Township. The parcel protects forested wetlands, shrubland, and meadow. (4.58 acres: acquired in 2004)

Kulak and Lawrence Preserves can be found in Hopewell’s Sourland Mountain region. The Lawrence Preserve protects core forest essential to forest interior birds. Spicebush is abundant on the preserve. Kulak, co-owned with D&R Greenway Land Trust, features open fields and second growth forest of red maple and highbush blueberry. A through trail connects the preserves and traverses a section of the Stony Brook. (56 and 14 acres; acquired in 2008 and 2003, respectively)
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Lipp Lewellen Preserve protects a portion of the Mount Rose region’s upland forest. Spicebush, maple leaf viburnum grow under a canopy of American beech, American linden and tulip tree. (4 acres; acquired in 1998)

Mount Rose Preserve is a nearly 400-acre preserve that FoHVOS co-owns with New Jersey Conservation Foundation, Hopewell Township and Mercer County. FoHVOS has developed a comprehensive 10-year stewardship plan to document the Preserves' ecological values and carefully guide our work to improve the condition of the environment.

The preserve has a variety of trails including a portion of the Lawrence-Hopewell Trail, a beautiful 2-mile forest loop trail featuring streams, large white oak and beech trees along with a 6-acre forest wildflower restoration area. The Meadow Trail is a loop that is just under a half mile and allows great viewing of birds that nest in thickets. The East Side Trail, from Carter Road to Cleveland Road, is a one-way trail that provides views of various types of forests and meadows.

Nayfield Preserve was historically used for agriculture, including cropland and white pine plantation. However, the northeastern and northwestern corners were forested in 1930 and harbor an array of tree species, woodland wildflowers and shrubs such as American beech, toothwort, bloodroot, mayapple, witch hazel and maple leaf viburnum. A trail loops through the preserve’s meadow and forest habitats. It is co-owned with the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection. (57 acres; acquired in 2006)
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Nexus Preserve marks one end of the Jacob’s Creek trail where several tributaries of Jacob's Creek converge. The Creek’s floodplain is bounded by a steep wooded slope. An upland forest patch of black oak and American beech is visible from Baker Way. (25 acres; acquired in 2001)
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Perkins Preserve is an entirely forested parcel near the Township’s eastern border. Planted white pine line the roadway, while a mix of hardwoods comprise the forest. (5 acres; acquired in 2003)

Skyview Preserve was primarily used for agriculture in the past. Portions of Woodsville Brook and Stony Brook run through the preserve. Please enjoy the spur trail that takes you to a bench by the stream. This is a nice spot to relax and enjoy the sounds of moving water. The preserve is made up of meadows and forest and the trail winds through both. Along the trail that runs through the meadows, you will see a variety of wildflowers and small trees. You may also see numerous birds and insects, especially in summer and fall.
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Skyview and Garfi Preserves protect a series of meadows, woodlands, hedgerows, and a portion of Woodsville Brook near Route 31. A hiking trail meanders through these habitats. The Garfi Preserve is owned entirely by FoHVOS, while the Skyview Preserve is co-owned with the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection. (72 and 4 acres; acquired in 2001 and 2008, respectively)
trail map (trail building in progress)

Stephens Preserve, a forested tract in the Sourland Mountain region of Hopewell, protects wood turtle habitat, and is adjacent to the Audubon Featherbed Lane Important Bird Area. Here, red maples dominate the canopy while highbush blueberry bushes make up the shrub layer. (5 acres; acquired in 2005)

Ted Stiles Preserve at Baldpate Mountain is Hopewell Township's largest contiguous forest. Because of this distinction, it is home to numerous unique and rare plant and animal species and is an Audubon Important Bird Area. A series of trails wind through the preserve. This preserve is co-owned with New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, Mercer County Park Commission and Hopewell Township. (1132 acres; acquired in 1998)
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Thompson Preserve represents a blend of habitats and land use—forest, meadow, and farmland. In 2010 seven acres of abandoned farmland were converted to native forbs and grasses. The remaining field acreage is leased to a local organic farmer. Native pollinator strips were planted along the active farm fields to provide habitat for native bees & butterflies. A corridor of forest shelters the Stony Brook and a tributary. A loop trail leads the visitor through all habitats. (57 acres; acquired in 2002)
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Vales Preserve protects two parcels along Route 31. The habitats are a mix of forest and shrubland reverting to forest. Hopewell Township is a co-owner of this preserve. (6 acres; acquired in 2008)

Vogler Preserve, located near FoHVOS’ Vales and Thompson Preserves, this land is co-owned with Hopewell Township. The preserve is nearly evenly split between forest and field and was zoned for Highway-Business Office prior to preservation. (11 acres; acquired in 2008)

Weidel Preserve protects a tract of forest and forested wetlands along a densely developed section of Route 31. (2 acres; acquired in 2001)

2016/2017 Deer Management Program and Public Access Limitations tax incentive program Baldpate Mountain Forest Stewardship Plan