Sourland Mountain Preserve Trails

Bridgewater, New Jersey

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Sourland Mountain Preserve—owned and administered by the Somerset County Park Commission—sits atop a ridge that extends from Hopewell to Hillsborough. Thanks to the efforts of volunteers, the preserve opened in 1995 and offers hikers a choice of three trails ranging in difficulty from easy to moderate. Along these trails you’ll find massive boulders, dense forest, numerous ups and downs (some steep), a lot of boardwalks, flowing streams, and silence—except for the sweet melody of the birds. You may also spot a deer, bear, or other critters. No one knows for certain where the name Sourland came from. One theory is that the word was derived from “sorrel-land,” which describes the sorrel-colored (reddish brown) soils encountered by the pioneering German farmers who once occupied this area. Or perhaps because the land isn’t too fertile, it was considered “sour.” Whatever the origin, one thing is certain— hiking in these lush woods is a sweet experience!
Best Hikes with Children in New Jersey

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Best Hikes with Children in New Jersey

by Arline Zatz (The Mountaineers Books)

Sourland Mountain Preserve—owned and administered by the Somerset County Park Commission—sits atop a ridge that extends from Hopewell to Hillsborough. Thanks to the efforts of volunteers, the preserve opened in 1995 and offers hikers a choice of three trails ranging in difficulty from easy to moderate. Along these trails you’ll find massive boulders, dense forest, numerous ups and downs (some steep), a lot of boardwalks, flowing streams, and silence—except for the sweet melody of the birds.

You may also spot a deer, bear, or other critters. No one knows for certain where the name Sourland came from. One theory is that the word was derived from “sorrel-land,” which describes the sorrel-colored (reddish brown) soils encountered by the pioneering German farmers who once occupied this area. Or perhaps because the land isn’t too fertile, it was considered “sour.” Whatever the origin, one thing is certain— hiking in these lush woods is a sweet experience!

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

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Bridgewater
Distance: 4.5
Elevation Gain: 200 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: Day Hike
Season: Dawn to dusk
Local Contacts: Somerset County Park Commission
Topo Map: Sourland Mountain Preserve Trails Topographic Map
Guide Book: Best Hikes with Children in New Jersey Guide Book
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2/8/2009

I don't even want to waste 50 characters writing about this place...it just plain sucks!

9/7/2008

This trail is great if you are a beginner hiker, even though it is always fun for any level hiker. The trails are easy and the scenery is beautiful, they are great for pets as well.

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