On Friday, December 19, 2014 the Township of Frelinghuysen, in partnership with Warren County and The Land Conservancy of New Jersey, purchased the 120-acre Kids Camp property along Lincoln Laurel Road. Containing a small pond and existing trail network, the preservation of this “hole in the donut” property will create a 412-acre greenway by connecting with the 131- acre Gnome Hollow Preserve and the 161-acre Frelinghuysen Forest Preserve. With the generous support of the Board of Chosen Freeholders, and funding from its local Open Space Trust Fund, Frelinghuysen Township permanently protected land that creates a spectacular greenway extending from Route 94 to the Paulinskill Valley Trail. Plans will be put in place to connect existing trails on the property to other trails on adjoining properties, providing easy access to the County’s regional trail system.
This property has been operated as a camp dating back to 1926 when it first opened as Camp Lincoln laurel. There are many existing trails that have been cleared and re-blazed. There is a pond on the property that can be fished in as well as used for small non-motorized boats. The two-acre exception area on the property includes a lodge that will be used as a community center and could possibly be used as an emergency shelter in the event the need arises for the township residents. There is a fantastic historic structure on the edge of the pond which is known as the boathouse. It is a beautiful old post and beam barn that will be used as a support building for activities on the pond – housing fishing and boating equipment.
FFP North is a largely wooded tract that has interesting topography and abundant wildlife and geographical features. There is a babbling waterfall on the western edge of the pond, which continues on into a stream. There is a paved loop roadway, which can be used as a walking and biking path. The Open Space Committee would like to work on some environmental stewardship and wildlife conservation campaigns on this property including stream bank restoration, invasive plant management as well as possibly creating habitat for monarch butterflies and grouse!
We will be hosting many volunteer work days on the FFP North property – sign up HERE if you are interested in helping out.