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Ireland Brook Conservation Area

 

Location: East Brunswick & South Brunswick Townships

Parking Area Address: 581 Riva Avenue, East Brunswick
GPS Coordinates: DMS 40° 25’ 17.05” N; 74° 28’ 59”W

Parking Area Address: 99 Parkview Court, South Brunswick
GPS Coordinates: DMS 40° 24’ 52” N; 74° 28’ 46” W

Size: 359 acres

Facilities: Parking area, hiking trails
 
Ireland Brook Conservation Area Trail Map (Adobe PDF)
                                               
The Ireland Brook Conservation Area is ideal for passive recreation activities such as hiking, photography and nature study. The combination of upland habitat and riparian vegetation along the Ireland Brook make it an ideal area for wildlife viewing. The Forest Brook Trail (0.7 miles) can be accessed at the Riva Avenue Trailhead.  The Ireland Brook Trail (1.1 miles) can be accessed from the Parkview Court parking area. Hikers can also connect to Davidson’s Mill Pond Park via the Farrington Lake Trail. 
*Please Be Aware:  There are no bridges at any stream crossing in Ireland Brook Conservation Area.*


Farrington Lake Trail

The Farrington Lake Trail connects Davidson’s Mill Pond Park and Ireland Brook Conservation Area.  The trail meanders 1.1 miles along the banks of the Lawrence Brook and the shoreline of Farrington Lake, revealing spectacular views of the lake and unique rock formations found no where else in the county.  Great blue herons, belted kingfishers, and great egrets are commons sights along the trail. 

Farrington Lake Trail Map (Adobe PDF)

 

 

DIRECTIONS TO RIVA AVENUE PARKING AREA:

Route 1/Route 130

  • Follow Route 130 South to Old Georges Road (County Route 695 South)
  • Take Old Georges Road and turn left onto Church Lane
  • Continue on Church Lane to the traffic light at Riva Ave
  • Turn right onto Riva Ave and follow approx. ½ mile
  • Parking area is on the left, just before crossing over the Ireland Brook

From Route 18

  • Follow Route 18 South to Cranbury Road (County Route 535 South)
  • Follow CR 535 south for approximately 1 mile, turn right onto Dunhams Corner Rd
  • Follow Dunhams Corner Road to Church Lane
  • Turn right onto Church Lane and follow to the traffic light at Riva Ave
  • Turn left onto Riva Ave and follow approx. ½ mile
  • Parking area is on the left, just before crossing over the Ireland Brook

From Route 287

  • Take exit for Route 1 south
  • Follow directions from Route 1/Route 130 above

NJ Turnpike

  • Take Exit 9 (New Brunswick)
  • Follow Route 18 North to Route 1 South
  • Continue on Route 1 South to Route 130
  • Follow directions from Route 1/Route 130 above