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Get outside and enjoy the fresh, crisp air this fall! Enjoy miles of wooded hiking trails, scenic bike routes, freshwater fishing spots, birdwatching areas, our public art tour and walkable history tour. Fall is also the perfect time to head to a local u-pick farm for apples, pumpkins and more! Or download Nature Bingo to play with your family or friends while enjoying the cooler weather. And if you’re feeling adventurous this fall – hop in a kayak and explore the Helmetta Pond Paddling Trail.

Trees and a lake in fall.
*While engaging in outdoor activities, we ask that you follow current health guidelines and maintain a 6-foot social distance from other people and the use of masks is strongly encouraged. Please visit our Parks & Recreation webpage for current updates.

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A suburban home in fall.

Hiking

With hundreds of acres of colorful parks, changing leaves, freshwater streams, preserved woodlands, and charming farmland throughout Middlesex County, hikers can get up close and personal with wildlife while exploring some of the region’s richest landscapes. From easy 1-mile loops to 9-mile treks, or inspiring 34-mile trails, there’s something for everyone. Come for a solo adventure or bring the family on a day trip.

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U-Pick Farms

Fall festivals are here! Visit one of Middlesex County’s many U-Pick Farms for all your apple and pumpkin picking needs. Get lost in the corn maze, enjoy a breezy hayride, and take the perfect fall photo. Check out the different locations below!

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A tractor and corn field at Giamerese Farms

Biking

Whether you’re a cycling enthusiast or just prefer to ride casually, Middlesex County is the place to be. We have put together several bike routes using Google maps that you may access below. These maps take you through greenways, parks, historic downtowns, farmland and more. You’ll also find maps from some County parks where you can enjoy our multi-use paths or hard-pack trails. Enjoy the ride!

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Fishing

Whether you’re looking for lake, river, pond, or saltwater fish, Middlesex County offers a relaxing experience for you on fall’s finest days. For a fun outing by the water, check out Davidson’s Mill Pond Park where largemouth bass, pickerel, sunfish, catfish and bluegill are biting.

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A tackle box.

Birdwatching

Fall is a great time to connect with nature through birdwatching. Look up and you could see any one of our hundreds of unique bird species, migratory birds, or bats. Whether you’re a novice or expert bird watcher, you’ll be sure to spot some fascinating and rare birds here. Check out any one of these beautiful preserves or parks below and you just might discover a new species…or maybe even a new hobby!

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A small bird sitting on a tree branch.

History Tour

Do you know which famous family in Middlesex County brewed beer in colonial times? What about how Alexander Hamilton contributed to the County’s rich history? Use your mobile device to follow our unique tour of landmarks throughout New Brunswick, Highland Park, and Piscataway. It’s easy to walk or drive between historical sites. History buff or not, you’re bound to learn something new.

Explore History
A drone image of East Jersey Old Town Village.

Outdoor Arts Tour

Middlesex County is home to unique, wonderful outdoor art – from vibrant wall-to-wall murals to one-of-a-kind sculptures. All are free to see and easily accessible. These works bring streetscapes and parks to life while getting us to think and react a little differently about the world around us. Visit these outdoor wonders and gain a new appreciation for local art and artists. Go on your own virtual outdoor art tour now. 

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A mural on the side of a house in New Brunswick NJ.
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Trees and a lake in fall.