St Michaels Farm Preserve and Trail Network

St Michaels Farm Preserve and Trail Network

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St Michaels Farm Preserve and Trail Network
Size: 340 acres

Preserve & Trail Information: 5.8 miles, when completed. Easy. From Aunt Molly Rd, walk uphill to the Charles Evans Overlook, where you’ll get a long view down the valley towards Hopewell. The trail continues on farm roads along the perimeter of agricultural fields and enters the woods at the top of the property. The trail is lined with hedgerows, where D&R will plant native fruit-bearing shrubs and trees to provide food for wildlife (and people too!). An ornithologist has identified over 100 bird species on the property. When completed, the trail network will be 5.8 miles. St. Michaels is also accessible from Carter Rd, just south of Hopewell.

Click here for a trail map: http://www.drgreenway.org/Documents/StMichael.pdf

History: The St. Michaels property was preserved in 2010 through a partnership between D&R Greenway Land Trust, the NJ State Agricultural Development Committee, Mercer County, Hopewell Borough and Township, and the NJ Department of Environmental Protection Green Acres Program. From 1896 to 1973, the property was the home of St. Michaels Orphanage and Industrial School, operated by the Catholic Diocese of Trenton. A lease has been signed for a local farmer to graze cattle, sheep and chickens on the open fields that are to the south of Bedens Brook and for the present, much of the open land to the north of the Brook will be used for hayfields.

Location: Between Carter and Aunt Molly Rd, Hopewell, NJ 08525
Directions: There are two access points to St. Michaels. From Route 518, turn onto Aunt Molly Rd. The preserve entrance will be on your right and street parking is available.

Or, take Carter Rd (Hopewell-Princeton Rd) towards Hopewell. Look for a gravel parking lot on your right before you reach Hopewell.

(609) 924-4646

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