Walk, Hike, or Bike
Come Tour the Vanderveer House Area Trails & Parks
Come walk some of the best revolutionary war real estate in the state of New Jersey. Walk in the footsteps of men named General Knox and George Washington. See where some of America's first dutch farmers staked their claims in the new world. It's all here in Bedminster, New Jersey, just off Routes 78 and 287 in Somerset County.
Bedminster Township has four (4) parks and a small recreation area totaling approximately 34 acres for active recreation near and around the Jacobus Vanderveer House property. Some features includes baseball/softball & soccer/lacrosse fields, dog parks, basketball & volleyball courts, bocce, playgrounds, and picnic facilities. In addition, we have a scenic paved Hike & Bike trail which currently connects the Village Area of Bedminster to The Hills housing development, with plans to extend the trail in the future.
Start by Parking in the Vanderveer House parking lot. View the beautifully restored Colonial era farmstead and take a self guided tour around the Vanderveer House grounds.
To the South -
Walk South thru River Road Park and look for the brown steel crossover walkway 9on the left) that will take you over Routes 202/206 and on a great tour near what was the first Vanderveer homestead site (where the North Branch of the Raritan River crosses Route 202). Meander near what used to be the site of the Vanderveer Grist and Saw mill area, and the area where General Knox traveled to his famed Pluckemin Artillery Academy. It's a great opportunity to get lost for an hour or two.
To the North -
The grave site for General Knox's daughter Julia, is just to the North of the Vanderveer property in what is known as the Bedminster Reformed Church Cemetary. If you would like to tour the cemetery it is less than 1/8 mile North of the JVH as well.
Parking and access to the trail is also available just to the South of the JVH House at River Road Park.
Don't forget to:
- Bring your walking shoes
- Bring your bike (if you like)
- Bring a picnic lunch
- Fishing is also available (in season with permit) at the pond across Route 202/206
Here is a list of Bedminster's local parks:
- · River Road Park - 13.5 acres of active recreation (approximately)
- · Miller Lane Park - 5.5 acres of active recreation (approximately)
- · Pluckemin Park - 4 acres of active recreation (approximately)
- · Burnt Mills Park - 11 acres of active recreation (approximately)
- · Knox Avenue Recreation Area - ¼ acre of pathway with card table tops
HIKE & BIKE TRAIL
The Township’s Hike & Bike Trail connects the Bedminster Village Area to The Hills housing development with plans for expansion in the future. The trail begins on the corner of Main & Elm Streets in the village by the “Old School”, connects the Bedminster Township Elementary School to Miller Lane Recreation Area, follows the Albert Winkler/Herbert Snyder Nature Trail, around “The Pond”, past AT&T’s Headquarters to River Road Park and jug handle and ends at Robertson Drive in The Hills. The distance from the Bedminster School to end of the pedestrian bridge at Robertson Drive is 2.6 miles.
In an effort to engage and enhance the overall recreation experience while using the township’s Hike & Bike Trail, Bedminster Recreation with assistance from the Somerset County Park Commission’s Division of Forestry, installed over forty (40) noteworthy species of trees and perennial plants from Miller Lane Park to Robertson Drive. The signs are placed in the soil at the root or trunk base of good specimens and identify more commonly found trees and plants such as the Red Oak and Teasel, to those of particular interest such as Devil’s Walking Stick.
For additional information - please visit the Bedminster Recreation website - Click Here