Fox Hill Preserve

Tewksbury Twp, Hunterdon County

About Fox Hill

The Fox Hill Preserve was established in 1974 when Mrs. Esther U. Johnson deeded a 45 acre parcel of land between Palatine and Fox Hill Roads in Tewksbury Township to the Upper Raritan Watershed Association (now RHA).  It was Mrs. Johnson’s wish that the tract be used exclusively for conservation, open space preservation and the protection of a primary tributary of Cold Brook.  Mrs. Johnson was a dedicated conservationist who served as a Trustee of URWA in its early years.  She believed strongly in the principles of preservation, stewardship and education which were then, and still are today, among the prime objectives of RHA.  She believed that donating the land to us was the best way to ensure that the property would remain in a natural condition and provide benefits to both our organization and the community as a whole. 

A second parcel was added in 1985 when Mrs. Marguerite N. Winning deeded almost 14 acres, stipulating that this land would be subject to the same conditions that Mrs. Johnson had established when she made her gift, thereby expanding the preserve to its present size of 58 acres. 

When we acquired the land that comprises Fox Hill Preserve, most of it was forested, although a small portion was being farmed.  In the years that ensued, farming operations ceased and the land was largely managed according to the now-obsolete theory that the best way to care for preserved open space was to simply let it be.  In recent years we have developed and begun implementation of a management plan that is improving the conservation value of the preserve.

Two loop trails meander through the forest and bring you to a ten-acre Warm Season Grass meadow established in 2009 with the support of the Wildlife Habitat Incentive Program through the Natural Resources Conservation Service.  Along Fox Hill Road you will see a dense population of native wildflowers.  This is a one acre native pollinator habitat established in 2011. 

Please note that we conduct a deer management program on this property in accordance with State regulations. Our Deer Management Program is active during the dates described by the regulations, beginning September 8, 2012 and ending February 16, 2013.  There is no hunting on Sundays.  Visitors should wear blaze orange when hiking on the trails during huntng season.

Plan Your Visit

Parking is allowed at pull-offs along Fox Hill and Palantine Roads.  For directions to the site from your location, follow this link.

Please note that we conduct a deer management program on this property in accordance with State regulations. Our Deer Management Program is active during the dates described by the regulations, beginning September 8, 2012 and ending February 16, 2013.  There is no hunting on Sundays.  Visitors should wear blaze orange when hiking on the trails during huntng season.

Trails

Volunteer

Volunteer projects at this property include trail maintenance and invasive plant removal.

Please contact Lauren Theis at ltheis@raritanheadwaters.org for information about volunteer projects.

Stewardship Activities

Stewardship projects at Fox Hill include a mowing plan for the warm season grass meadows that delays mowing until the nesting season for ground-nesting birds is finished, invasive plant surveying and eradication, trail maintenance and nest box monitoring (one kestrel and two eastern bluebird nest boxes).   A wetland enhancement project is underway, supported in part by the Wildlife Habitat Incentive Program through NRCS.  Annual surveys are also performed.