Herrontown Woods Arboretum

Princeton, New Jersey 8544

Herrontown Woods Arboretum

Herrontown Woods Arboretum Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"Herrontown Woods is off the beaten path in Princeton Township. It was once the estate of Oswald Veblen, an internationally known mathematician at Princeton University. He and his wife left their property to the county to be preserved as natural space. The buildings on the property are part of Veblen’s homestead and have a bit of an eerie feel when you pass them.

While there is very little elevation change, there are tons of rocks and roots to maneuver around, making the hike moderately difficult. The trail is in full shade and is a dirt path with the occasional rock stepping-stone path."

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Best Hikes with Children in New Jersey (The Mountaineers Books)
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"Mention Princeton and most people automatically think of the university. But in the heart of this thriving college community, there’s a hidden oasis, Herrontown Woods, offering easy hiking year-round. Jack-in-the-pulpit, violets, and marsh buttercups are only a few of them. Summer is the ideal season to take advantage of the shade provided by oaks, maples, and beeches, while fall is when Mother Nature paints the leaves bold colors. If you want to brave the cold plan a visit in the winter, when the ice crackles beneath your feet as you walk along the meandering trails, and you have a better opportunity to spot deer."

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Very rough wet trail today. Too hard to hike with younger children, had to turn back. I can’t wait to return when it’s dry.

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Trail Information

Nearby City
1.7 miles
Trail Type
Skill Level
50 minutes
Daily, sunrise–sunset
USGS Rocky Hill
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