Leonard J Buck Garden

Far Hills, New Jersey

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Buck Garden is a thirty-three-acre pleasure garden where groomed paths meander between rock outcrops, around lily-pad-covered pools, over rainbow bridges, and amid woodland wildflowers, bulbs, azaleas, ferns, and heathers. This is also a fine place to learn trees, since most are labeled.
Nature Walks in New Jersey

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Nature Walks in New Jersey

by Glenn Scherer (Appalachian Mountain Club Books)

Buck Garden is a thirty-three-acre pleasure garden where groomed paths meander between rock outcrops, around lily-pad-covered pools, over rainbow bridges, and amid woodland wildflowers, bulbs, azaleas, ferns, and heathers. This is also a fine place to learn trees, since most are labeled.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Far Hills
Distance: 1.5
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 2 hours
Season: March through November
Local Contacts: Somerset County Park
Topo Map: Leonard J. Buck Garden Topographic Map
Guide Book: Nature Walks in New Jersey Guide Book
Driving Directions: View Directions
Trail Directions: View Guide

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9/1/2012

I have been here many times over the years. It's not a trail for hiking, but a peaceful little garden with a short walking loop and benches. Good for meditation and/or prayer. It's free (donations accepted) and well maintained with an indoor compost toilet. The reasons I don't give it 5 stars a. close proximity to 287. You can hear the highway in the background. b. its quite small and fenced in. There is some open space wooded area next to it (abutting 287) which can extend your hike, but it's not readily accessible or walkable (though I have done it- i tend to explore every nook and cranny, sometimes breaking the rules). To summarize, don't go there for the hiking experience, but for the outdoor and exploration experience. Good place to spend an hour just taking in nature.

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