HILLSBOROUGH, NJ — Duke Farms, the privately-owned environmental preserve and education center for local visitors and international tourists, has re-opened, but there won't be as much to do or as much time to visit as there was prior to the COVID-19 pandemic.
With more than 1,000 acres dedicated to trails, bike paths, hands-on nature programs, educational exhibits, woodlands and waterways, Duke Farms, once home to billionaire heiress Doris Duke attracts hundreds of thousands of visitors to the expansive property off Route 206 annually.
The main entrance is at 1112 Dukes Parkway West.
The re-opening comes six weeks after New Jersey's state parks and county parks re-opened
Operations have been revised.
Visitors are asked to observe social distancing protocols and wear face masks at all times.
The property will not be open weekends, and parking capacity will be reduced by 50 percent. The Farmers' Market will be open Sundays from 11 a.m.-3 p.m. but the remainder of the property is closed.
Hours of operation are 8:30 a.m.-6 p.m. Monday-Friday.
Most trails will be open Monday-Friday, but all buildings will be closed to the public. Rest rooms will be open at Orchid Range and the Farm Barn Orientation Center.
Visitors are being asked to limit their time spent at Duke Farms to two hours, and there will be no bike rentals.
Duke Farms had been able to compensate for its closure with long-running online educational programs that continue; several are interactive and designed for teachers and students, with the emphasis on preservation and sustainability.
Trail maps and audio tours are available online. Further information is available at dukefarms.org.