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Duke Farms, Hillsborough NJ

Editor’s Note: Wow! Thanks to Katie Groel for this wonderful farm post. This sounds like a great place to visit, and bike!

Duke Farms in Hillsborough is open to the public with miles and miles of hiking and biking trails. There is no playground equipment just wide open space and beautiful scenery. Since there is no actual playground equipment, I don’t know if this place qualifies…but we took our 2 boys (ages 1 and 3) and had a great time!

There is a tram by the parking lot that makes 3 stops. I would recommend stop 1, Old foundation. You can see the foundation of the mansion, and get to the lakes. Pictures below are of 1 of the many waterfalls at this stop and the mermaid pool. The second stop is a orchaid green house. The third stop has access to the “great lawn”.

As I said, we brought our 2 boys ages 1 and 3. I wore the 1 year old in a hiking backpack and the let the 3 year old run free. There were a ton of families biking as well.

I posted 2 pictures, but here is the link to the website. I can’t wait to go back with my family!

Duke Farms Website Link

Park Amenities: bathroom, picnic tables

Water: Ponds, but not fishing
Trails/Walking Paths: Yes to both

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Update: In April 2014, my family and I checked out Duke Farms without bikes, we had a good time, and were able to borrow an Eco Kit! Highly recommended for the kids to make notes in a journal, and use the binoculars.

Beautiful Grounds

Beautiful Grounds

Inside has some educational nature exhibits

Inside has some educational nature exhibits

Educational Movie Room

Educational Movie Room

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Nice cafe inside!

Nice cafe inside!

Took us a while to throw out our garbage

Took us a while to throw out our garbage

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Great for Kids! Includes a journal to write your experience to share with future visitors

Great for Kids! Includes a journal to write your experience to share with future visitors

Ventured in the South Gate area.

Ventured in the South Gate area.

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Update: July 2014- Went back to Duke Farms with Bikes!!! My husband was impressed with the grounds, we ventured around the South Gate again, this time towards the right where the statues and big fountain was.

Getting the bikes out, plenty of parking

Getting the bikes out, plenty of parking

Gets better everytime he goes on the bike

Gets better everytime he goes on the bike

Nice Archway

Nice Archway

My boys went ahead with Rick, while we hung out with the statues

My boys went ahead with Rick, while we hung out with the statues

Statues galore

Statues galore

Watcha got there?

Watcha got there?

Imitating statue

Imitating statue

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July is lovely at Duke Farms

July is lovely at Duke Farms

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1 comment to Duke Farms, Hillsborough NJ

  • Mrs. Maggio

    How long of a bike trail is at Duke Island? I want to bring my older students?

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