Pequest Wildlife Management Area Trails

Oxford, New Jersey

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Hiking here is a golden opportunity for teaching children about natural resources and proving to them that corn doesn’t come from a can but is grown in row after row of open fields. After the hike visit the Pequest Trout Hatchery and Natural Resource Education Center, where approximately 600,000 brown, rainbow, and brook trout are raised annually as stock for the state’s waterways. A self-guided tour leads to the nursery building and an observation deck overlooking concrete raceways, where trout are kept until they’re large enough to be released. Inside the center, try your skill at the hands-on exhibits. If you bring a fishing rod, keep in mind that between late May and early October only artificial lures and flies are allowed along the special trout conservation stretch. A fishing license and trout stamp are required for those over fourteen years of age, except during the annual “Free Fishing Days” in June.
Best Hikes with Children in New Jersey

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Best Hikes with Children in New Jersey

by Arline Zatz (The Mountaineers Books)

Hiking here is a golden opportunity for teaching children about natural resources and proving to them that corn doesn’t come from a can but is grown in row after row of open fields. After the hike visit the Pequest Trout Hatchery and Natural Resource Education Center, where approximately 600,000 brown, rainbow, and brook trout are raised annually as stock for the state’s waterways.

A self-guided tour leads to the nursery building and an observation deck overlooking concrete raceways, where trout are kept until they’re large enough to be released. Inside the center, try your skill at the hands-on exhibits. If you bring a fishing rod, keep in mind that between late May and early October only artificial lures and flies are allowed along the special trout conservation stretch. A fishing license and trout stamp are required for those over fourteen years of age, except during the annual “Free Fishing Days” in June.

©  Arline Zatz/The Mountaineers Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Oxford
Distance: 1.7
Elevation Gain: Minimal
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: Day Hike
Season: Dawn to dusk
Local Contacts: Pequest Trout Hatchery and Natural Resource Education
Topo Map: Pequest Wildlife Management Area Trails Topographic Map
Guide Book: Best Hikes with Children in New Jersey Guide Book
Driving Directions: View Directions
Trail Directions: View Guide

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1/5/2008

Entered from rte. 46 at the junction of 46 and 31. We took the concrete bridge that crosses over the Pequest and also over the trail that runs next to it. Nice for walking, the first half of the trail is not paved but the ballast is removed. The 2nd half of the trail is paved and, in fact, eventually becomes a street which you can take into downtown Oxford. Good pie and friendly service at The Furnace Pizzeria. A little under 4 miles each way

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