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New Jersey

Minisink Valley Preserve

Why You Should Visit
Just a mile from the New York-New Jersey border and Interstate 84, the Minisink Preserve is home to the high-quality Clove Brook which drains into the Neversink River in New York. Hemlock ravines and hillside forests connect the preserve to High Point State Park. The preserve includes a former 10-acre gravel mine which the Conservancy is currently restoring. Red-headed woodpeckers, black bear, and bobcats make their home here. There is currently no public access, but plans are underway to develop a parking lot and trail system.

Why the Conservancy Selected This Site
In 2007, the Conservancy identified the Minsink area as a particularly important place to protect in order to provide over time a protected lands corridor from High Point State Park and the many other protected lands on the Kittatinny Ridge to the Delaware River. The Kittatinny Ridge is important for migrating raptors and songbirds. The Clove Brook watershed is also home to large wetland meadows.

What the Conservancy Has Done/Is Doing
The first 75 acre purchase was a parcel that had been slated for a strip mall. The second 110 acre purchase contained a gravel mine on an upstream tributary that was affecting  water quality downstream in Clove Brook. The Conservancy is currently working to reforest the former gravel mine and reduce erosion and sedimentation downstream. In addition to developing a parking lot and trail system, the Conservancy also plans to open the Preserve to deer hunting in the near future.

Montague Township, Sussex County.

Acres Protected
183 acres


Minisink Valley Preserve is open to the public, however no formal parking area exists.

This preserve is open to the public from dawn to dusk. For more information about the preserve please call the Chapter office at 908-879-7262 or email


Directions to the Minisink Valley Preserve:

  • Take Route 80 West to exit 34B.
  • Follow Route 15 North toward Jefferson/Sparta. In about 18 miles, Route 15 North becomes Route 206 North.
  • Continue straight onto Route 206 North for approximately 14 miles through Stokes State Forest.
  • Make a right onto Clove Road (County Route 653).
  • Stay on Clove Road for approximately 7 miles. Look for The Nature Conservancy’s signage and pull-off on the left hand side of the road next to field. If you get to the junction of Route 23, you’ve gone too far.
  • GPS coordinates: 41.345568, -74.687734 or N 41°20’44.046”,  W 74°41’15.842”

For directions, call the Chapter office at 908-879-7262 or email


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