colonial park in somerset county new jersey

Somerset County Colonial Park Profile

Colonial Park – A Quick Look

There is a place to go in Franklin Township, Somerset County for you to enjoy a multitude of recreation and outdoor activities. This park was acquired in 1965, and it boasts 685 acres of fun in a variety of ways. There is scenic frontage of historic Delaware, the Raritan Canal, and the Millstone River. The horticulture displays that you can see here are prize-winning, and there are many recreational facilities. Explore the gorgeous natural areas as you try to cover every sparkling pond and green lawn in the park. The eighteen hole champion golf course is a feature here, and you’ll be impressed with the spacious fairways and greens.

Picnics Are Welcome.

Whether you’re a one man show or a group of 150, Colonial Park of Somerset County, NJ will be able to accommodate you. If you’d like to reserve one of the scenic picnic areas, you’ll need to be a group of 20 people or more. The picnic pavilion at Knob Hill can seat 150 people! That’s impressive! Or maybe you’d rather eat lunch at the Pine Grove pavilion picnic area, which seats 100 folks just fine. But once again, if it’s just you and a pack of hot dogs, there are many small picnic areas and grills for use around the park. Stir up the kids’ appetite with a visit to the Morgan Pellowski which features barrier-free equipment. What even is that? You won’t know until you come by to try! 

Athletic and Sport Opportunities

There’s something for everyone to enjoy here at Colonial Park in Somerset, NJ. Walkers, joggers and cyclists can take advantage of the 1.4 mile fitness course with a paved path. There are three ponds, kept stocked with our finned friends by the NJ State Division of Fish, Game, and Wildlife, on the property that attracts avid anglers of all ages. If you have a team there is a softball field available for reservation by leagues for tournaments or just something as simple as a pick up game. Take an inspiring walk on the Lois Howe Nature Trail for a scenic look at the oak, hickory, and beech forests that once were a common site in Somerset County. If you just want to go to the park to walk around and enjoy it, there are many trails that branch off into little nooks where you can just admire wildlife. In the winter, get revved up for ice skating and cross country skiing. But only if the weather is good!


Colonial Park in Somerset is such a beautiful place of natural conservation. Of course birds want to hang out here! And you can take full advantage of that by taking part in Colonial Park’s many birding programs, guided walks day trips and even overnight trips all through the year. There are programs for adults, teens and children too. Don’t be shy about your birding level – everyone is welcome! In September, enjoy Saturday bird walks for all ages and for free! No need to register and the dates are 9/7/2019, 9/21/19, and 9/28/19. From 7 A.M. to 9 A.M. 

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