Taking in naturesque greenery is a love-to-do for Central Jerseyans! You are sure to see a myriad of beautiful butterflies, singing hummingbirds, grazing deer and adorable rabbits, alongside some of the most breathtaking botanic's and greenery in all of Somersets Parks and Trails, but here are a few key locations.
Colonial Park Gardens
A personal favorite that we visit annually with the family is the Colonial Rose Garden, also known as the Rudolf Van der Goot Rose Garden. This 1-acre Dutch Garden is the perfect place to not only take-in colorful botanic's, but to also learn about the 325 various native rose species. A stop at the adjacent Fragrance and Sensory Garden will add a lovely aroma to your outing, just before ending the days trip with a picnic on the lush grass, or under the gazebo, at the nearby 5-acre Colonial Perennial Garden.
A tour of the Colonial Park Gardens is just the beginning to a relaxing green-day out here in Somerset New Jersey. The 144-acre Colonial Park Arboretum is a must see for arborist, botanist, horticulturalist and plant enthusiasts alike, where you will find some of the oldest, largest and most extravagant tree species. This living-tree museum is abundant in native and foreign shade trees, flowering shrubs, evergreens and deciduous trees that surround a crisp lake.
Fishing and Trails
If hiking and biking is what you seek, than Blackwells Trail is the place for you! Depending on where you enter this 8-mile timberland, you are sure to enjoy the field of flowers and flowing river leading into the moderately dense woodland. This pet-friendly trail is suitable for hikers and bikers of all skill-level and offers a more rustic appeal, where you will surely enjoy the sights of natures scurrying furry-friends, beds of spreading honeysuckle and the occasional hanging Great Blue Heron.
After taking in all that nature, If you happen to have an itch to throw a line-in, 685-acre Colonial Park has many comfortable spots for a day of fishing, or you can simply ease on down to the Delaware-Raritan River Canal, also known as the D & R Canal, which is a short 5-miles off Rocky Hill and the 10-mile Lock.
Walking and Strolls
If your looking for local hot-spots to simply take a stroll, or walk mans-best friend, than a quick trot through 0.8-mile Middlebush Loop, or a longer walk through 2.4-mile Garden Walk or 3-mile Canal Walk are the best pit-stop areas, as these flat terrain paths allow you to take in the scenery with ease.