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Hello Spring! Make the most of the warmer weather this season with miles of wooded hiking trails, scenic bike routes, freshwater fishing spots, birdwatching areas, our public art tour and walkable history tour. For our nature lovers, we suggest grabbing family or friends and challenging them to a round of Nature Bingo; or if you’re more of an adventurer, hop in a kayak and explore the Helmetta Pond Paddling Trail.

*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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Hiking

With hundreds of acres of parks, 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.

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U-Pick Farms

A day spent in Middlesex County wouldn’t be complete without stopping by one of our U-Pick Farms. From strawberry picking to greenhouses to spring greens, they have it all! Whether you’re picking strawberries with the girls or visiting the farm animals with your kids, you’re sure to have a great time.

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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. 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

Spring brings blooming flowers, sunny days, and chirping birds… what could be better? Grab your binoculars and head out to one of Middlesex County’s beautiful preserves or parks to discover hundreds of unique bird species, migratory birds, and/or bats.

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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.

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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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