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Hillsborough: Volunteers Needed for Trail Maintenance at Sourland Mountain Prerserve

Volunteers are needed for maintenance work on trails at Washington Valley Park and the Sourland Mountain Preserve. Credits: Courtesy Somerset County Park Commission

HILLSBOROUGH, NJ - The Somerset County Park Commission Rangers and the Volunteer Park Patrol are seeking volunteers to assist with trail maintenance projects throughout the year.

With the cooperation of the Jersey Off Road Bicycling Association, (JORBA), Rangers and volunteers will be performing trail maintenance at the Sourland Mountain Preserve off East Mountain Road in Hillsborough, New Jersey and Washington Valley Park off Newman’s Lane in Bridgewater, New Jersey.

The mission of the group is to provide a regular maintenance regimen in order to maintain trail conditions to the highest standards possible.

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The Sourland Mountain Preserve is 4,000 acres of passive recreation opportunities including hiking, bouldering, mountain biking, birding, and horseback riding. It is rich in natural resources with a variety of stream corridors, geologic outcrops, and an ecological preserve that provides a core habitat for a diversity of plant and animal species.

Washington Valley Park is a 719-acre passive recreation facility that lies along the First Watchung Ridge in Bridgewater Township. The park includes the former 21-acre Bound Brook Elizabethtown Reservoir that is the focal point of the park’s seven miles network of trails. Washington Valley Park offers hiking, mountain biking, and hawk watching. The Park is known as among the premier mountain biking sites in the east.

The maintenance schedule:

Wednesday, July 12, 6 p.m. at Washington Valley Park;

Wednesday, July 26, 6 p.m. at Sourland Mountain Preserve;

Wednesday, Aug. 16, 6 p.m. at Washington Valley Park;

Saturday, Aug. 26, 9 a.m. at Sourland Mountain Preserve;

Saturday, Sept. 16, 9 a.m. at Sourland Mountain Preserve;

Saturday, Oct. 7, 9 a.m. at Washington Valley Park;

Saturday, Oct. 21 9 a.m. at Washington Valley Park;

Saturday, Nov. 4, 9 a.m. at Sourland Mountain Preserve;

Saturday, Nov. 18, 9 a.m. at Washington Valley Park;

Saturday, Dec. 2, 9 a.m. at Washington Valley Park.

For details call 908-231-0802, ext. 21 or For cancellations due to weather call 908-285-3800.

Information on Somerset County Park Commission activities may be found on the Internet at 


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