New Jersey

Blair Creek Nature Preserve


Location:
Hardwick Township, Sussex County and Stillwater Township, Warren County

Acres protected:
486 acres

Why You Should Visit
Adjacent to northwestern New Jersey’s Delaware Water Gap national recreation area, the Blair Creek Nature Preserve sits nestled at the base of the Kittatinny Ridge, only miles from the Delaware River. A series of trails lead from a gravel parking lot through deciduous forest to beaver ponds, rocky streams, and expansive wetland meadows. The nature preserve’s forests are home to breeding Cerulean Warblers and many of the nesting warblers that make the Kittatinny Ridge a well-known birding location. Signs of black bears and coyotes dot the trails throughout the preserve.

Why the Conservancy Selected This Site
This part of northwestern New Jersey is still home to extensive forests, clean cold-water streams, and species that need room to roam like bobcats and fishers. The Blair Creek Nature Preserve helps form an uninterrupted greenway with the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area and other protected forested lands. The preserve protects the headwaters of Blair Creek which, in turn, helps provide the clean waters needed for trout fishing and drinking water downstream.

What the Conservancy Has Done/Is Doing
The original 480 acre purchase was completed by a partnership of the Ridge and Valley Conservancy, New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection, and the Conservancy. The Conservancy continues to actively purchase nearby lands to add to the preserve. Plans are underway to build a bird blind and a short marked trail that will loop from the parking lot through the suite of habitats the Blair Creek Nature Preserve protects. To help protect the forest, the Conservancy works with a local hunting club to reduce deer numbers to sustainable levels. Conservancy staff is conducting studies using small deer exclosures to better understand forest and deer interactions.
 

 

 

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Visitation Guidelines

  • No swimming, camping, fires, or alcoholic beverages.
  • Littering and dumping are prohibited.
  • No collecting or trapping.
  • Motorized vehicles are prohibited.

Hiking trails wind through the fields and forests.

Plants
Several state-rare plants are found here as well as unique wetland communities.

Animals
The deep interior forest of Blair Creek Preserve offers resting and feeding grounds for a host of increasingly threatened neotropical migratory songbirds. Black bear and bobcat also find habitat here.

The preserve is open from dawn until dusk. Please note: The preserve is closed from early September to the end of January do to hunting. 

View a Trail Map.

Directions

NOTE: There is no GPS address to the site, but the coordinates are 41.070826,-74.918209. I believe you can input coordinates in most navigation systems. Also, the address 917 W Fairview Lake Lane
Newton, NJ should work (if Newton doesn’t work try Stillwater). It’s an address of a cottage further down the road, so you should pass right by the parking lot/trail head. Just make sure you use Fairview Lake Lane not Road, which would take you to the other side of the lake. Please let me know if you have any questions.

From Route 80 West:
• Take Exit 25, Newton/Stanhope
• Follow Route 206 North for approximately 9 miles
• Turn left onto CR 618 (Fredon-Springdale Road) about 500 feet after the larger intersection of 206 and 611. Continue 1.3 miles to stop sign. Go straight through stop sign and follow CR 618 another 1.4 miles to Route 94
• Make a left onto Route 94 South.
• Make a right at the first traffic light onto CR 610 (Stillwater Road).
• Stay on CR 610 as it changes its local name to Main Fredon Road about 3.8 miles into the town of Stillwater.
• Bear right around the Presbyterian Church and go 0.3 of a mile making second left onto Fairview Lake Road (CR 617).
• Travel about 2.5 miles and make left onto Old School House Road.
• Travel about 1 mile and make right onto Fairview Lake Lane (please note: street sign in on left hand side of road, the turn in on the right).
• Stay toward left at fork (you are now on a dirt road).
• Proceed about 0.5 mile and look for a gravel parking area on your left with split rail fence and kiosk. Please park here (there is space for ~ 3 vehicles). If you drive through gate you just passed it.

From Route 15 West:
• Travel to Ross' Corner and continue straight at light onto Route 206.
• Make left onto Route 521 (across from Culvers Lake).
• Proceed to Route 617 (Owassa Road) -- NOTE: Route 521 makes a dramatic left turn at its intersection with Rt. 617 (it feels like you are just continuing straight from 521 to get onto 617).
• Make right onto Old School House Road (you will note Old Foundry Road on the left shortly before turning onto Old School House Road).
• Travel about 1.5 miles and make right onto Fairview Lake Lane (please note: street sign in on left hand side of road, the turn in on the right).
• Stay toward left at fork (you are now on a dirt road).
• Proceed about 0.5 mile and look for a gravel parking area on your left with split rail fence and kiosk. Please park here (there is space for ~ 3 vehicles). If you drive through gate you just passed it.

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