SUMMARY OF RULES AND REGULATIONS
About Hoffman Park
The rules and regulations governing the Hunterdon County Parks a d
Recreation Department are promulgated in accordance with provisions of the
This 354 acre park is comprised of hardwood
forest, grasslands, and over 25 ponds of
various sizes. It is the former farm of Albert
N.J. Statutes Title 40:32-7.12, which reads as follows:
"The Board of Chosen Freeholders may by resolution make, alter, amend, and
repeal rules and regulations for the supervision, regulation and control of all
activities carried on, conducted, sponsored, arranged, or provided for in
and Joyce Hoffman. Mr. Hoffman founded connection with a public golf course or other county recreational, playground
or public entertainment facility, and for the protection of property, and may Trail Map and Guide
the Hoffman Beverage Company and was prescribe and enforce fines and penalties for the violation of any such rule and
known as the “soda-pop king” for the many These rules and regulations have been promulgated for the protection of
beverages that his company produced, our patrons and for the facilities and natural resources of the Hunterdon
County Parks and Recreation Department.
including the popular soft drink, Orange Permits: A written permit issued by the Board of Chosen Freeholders for any
activity shall autho rize the activity only insofar as it may be performed in strict
Crush. Most of the Hoffmans’ farm buildings accordance with the terms and conditions thereof.
still stand and are under the jurisdiction of Prohibited Acts: The violation of any Municipal, State, and Federal Law.
Advertising, solicitation, the release of any animal, explosives of a kind,ny
Union Township . poisons of any kind, after hours use, the sale of merchandise, alcohol without a
permit in a non-designated area, weapons, posting of signage, attire.
Regulated Activity: Aviation, bathing, boating, skating, skiing, bicycling, and
sledding. Powered models, horses, dogs must be restrained with a leash not
exceeding six feet, camping, fires, groups 25 or more must obtain a permit.
Prohibited Acts for the Protection of Property: No person shall make,
excavation on, destroy, paint, fill in, cut, remove or temper with any property,
organic or inorganic.
Prohibited Acts for the Protection of Natural Resources: No person shall
disturb wildlife or vegetation in any manner. No person shall pollute waters,
litter, or dump debris.
Prohibited Acts for the P rotection of People: No person shall obstruct the duty
of a ranger or an official, interfere with a visitor, or conduct any unsafe act.
Vehicles: All the provisions of the N.J. State Motor Vehicle Act apply.
Vehicles are not allowed in unauthorized areas. Parking is allowed in
designated areas only.
Enforcement: The rules and regulations of the Board shall be enforced by duly
authorized Rangers or representatives of the Board under the provision of N.J.
Recreational Opportunities S.A. 40: 32-2 thru 40:32 -7.13 Any person who enters into a County Park for
any purpose whatsoever has a duty and is presumed to be aware of the
provisions of these rules and regulations governing the use of the Hunterdon
Hoffman Park's paved and gravel paths are County Parks and Recreation Department.
Penalties: Any person violating any of the provisions of these regulations
excellent for bike riding and walking. The shall, upon conviction before a court or other adjudicative body of jurisdiction,
be liable for the replacement, repair or restoration of damaged property, if any,
ponds offer good fishing, as well as and shall pay a penalty of not more than one thousand dollars ($1,000.00) or
opportunity for reflective nature study. In other amount in the discretion of the court or other adjudicative body or may be
sentenced to imprisonment in t he County jail for the term not exceeding ninety
winter the paths provide a good place to cross (90) days, or both, provided that this section shall not supersede any applicable
country ski. penalty provision for specific offenses, which may be set forth in the New
Jersey Code of Criminal Justice, N.J.S.A. 2C:1-1, et seq., or in any other
applicable state or federal law.
NOTE:The Park Rangers of the Board of Chosen Freeholders are vested with County of Hunterdon
Hunting police authority and empowered to make arrests for violations of rules and
Department of Parks and Recreation
regulations governing the Hunterdon County Parks and Recreation
Department. This is only a summary of the rules and regulations. Rules PO Box 2900, Flemington, NJ 08822-2900
applying to special conditions, activities, or situations may be supplemental to
To control deer numbers, hunting i allowed these rules and regulations. When special rules apply, they will be posted at 1020 State Route 31, Lebanon, NJ
(by Parks Department permit only) in some affected areas. The complete text of regulations is available for inspection at Telephone (908) 782-1158 : Fax (908) 806-4057
the Park administration office in Clinton Township during regular business
sections of this park. Please wear blaze hours. E-mail: email@example.com
orange during hunting season or confine your
visits to Sundays. Office Hours: Mon.-Fri. 8 AM to 4:30 PM
Sat. 8:30 AM to 12 PM, and 12:30 PM to 4 PM
Printed on Recycled Paper
Hoffman Park General Trail Information Birds
A host of different bird species can be
Location: Hoffman Park is located in Union From the parking area, Hairpin Lane winds found in the forests and fields, but Hoffman
Township, Hunterdon County, west of Clinton down a steep hill towards Manny’s Pond. Park is probably best known among bird
and just south of Interstate 78. The gate is The vista at the start of the trail offers a watchers for endangered and threatened
open from 9 a.m. to sunset. wonderful view of Hoffman Park’s fields species that nest in grassland habitat. These
and forests, as well as Spruce Run and the include bobolinks, eastern meadowlarks,
Directions from the East/Clinton area: hills of the Highlands in the distance. grasshopper sparrows, and savannah
sparrows. Please keep pets on a leash as
Take Route 78 west to exit 11. Follow the Once down the hill from Hairpin Lane, these birds nest directly on the ground and
circle around to the left and cross over Route Hoffman Park’s trails meander through are highly susceptible to disturbance.
78, following the signs for Pattenburg. woods and past ponds. Most of these trails
Immediately after crossing 78, turn left at the are old gravel or paved roads that are flat Eastern bluebird nesting boxes and wood
light. Proceed to the remains of an old church and easy to hike, bike, cross country ski, or duck boxes were erected in 2000 as part of
and veer right onto Baptist Church Road. push a stroller on. Most of the trails are a Boy Scout Eagle project. The bluebird
Proceed on Baptist Church Road under a named for features one would find on boxes can be seen in the fields, where
railroad bridge and shortly thereafter turn left them. For example, Powerline Road has a bluebirds can be spotted year round. Wood
into the park entrance, which is marked by a power line running along it, and Birch Way ducks are harder to find. They prefer
large brown sign. has birches growing along the trail. wooded habitat near ponds or streams.
Fishing In the fall, this can be a good area for
watching hawk migration. Northern
Five of the park’s 25 ponds offer good harriers and American kestrels can
fishing for bass (catch and release only) sometimes be seen hunting over the fields
and sunfish. Anglers can concentrate their in fall and winter.
efforts at the pond along Crow’s Road or at
Manny’s Pond, both of which have an open
bank suitable for fly-casting. Manny’s The Hunterdon County Parks and Recreation
Pond is the largest pond in the park. Three Department is dedicated to preserving open
space and natural resources, providing safe
ponds on the northwest end of Manny’s parks and facilities, and offering educational
Pond Road are also well suited for fishing. and recreational opportunities, all contributing
to an enhanced quality of life for present and
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