Nestled in central New Jersey, Six Mile Run Reservoir Site, named for the stream that travels through the region, provides vital open space for enjoying the splendor of nature. The 3,037 acres of preserved land, once slated to be part of a reservoir, offers 13.5 miles on four marked trails that accommodate hiking, biking, birdwatching and horseback riding. Six Mile Run Reservoir Site has remained an oasis of farm fields and forests in an otherwise suburban landscape. Each trail has its own charm, allowing the visitor a chance to see an array of forest types, vast farm fields and beautiful views of Six Mile Run.
This area is administered by the Delaware and Raritan Canal State Park.
In the late 1950s, it was determined that additional water supply resources were needed for the state of New Jersey. The area around the Six Mile Run creek was identified as a possible location for such a site. In a process that took place over several years in the 1960s, properties were acquired by the state for the purpose of creating an additional water resource in central New Jersey. To that end in 1970, the area was put under the jurisdiction of the N.J. Department of Environmental Protection’s Division of Water Resources with the intent to develop it as a reservoir site. However, by 1993, alternative and adequate water sources had been identified and the Six Mile Run Reservoir project was shelved. No longer immediately needed, the administration of the newly-acquired properties at Six Mile Run was transferred to the Division of Parks and Forestry. The current trail systems through the former farmlands were soon created.
Today, Six Mile Run Reservoir Site provides an essential area to enjoy the outdoors with hiking, biking, horseback riding and hunting. The trail network provides visitors a glimpse into the region’s rich cultural history. The area was listed on the 1995 National Historic Register and is the largest agricultrual distric in New Jersey. Trail users can see the remains of 18th and 19th century farmhouses, Dutch-framed barns, windmills and silos that hint at the story of the early colonial settlers who inhabited the area in the 1700s, while they enjoy preserved open vistas of undeveloped land in the heart of central New Jersey. For more information call 609-924-5705 and/or click for more history of Six Mile Run.
Four trails provide 13.5 miles for hiking, biking and horseback riding. Be aware that the soil here is easily eroded; please do not use the trails in muddy conditions.
Park at any of these locations for access to the trails: 625 Canal Road in Somerset, Jacques Lane or 2186 Route 27 in New Brunswick (shared with NJ Knights Soccer Club.
As a multiuse trail it is important for trail users to be courteous of each other and be aware of trail etiquette.
The Jersey Off Road Bicycle Association (JORBA) is a nonprofit organization that are partners with the New Jersey State Park Service in maintaining this trail system. Founded in 1999, JORBA’s focus is to build and maintain sustainable multiuse trails, organize and encourage volunteerism and responsible trail use and advocate and foster mountain biking as a healthy, environmentally sound and sustainable activity. If you are interested in helping to maintain these trails, please visit www.JORBA.org
The New Jersey State Park Service supports the mission of the New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife. Both agencies endeavor to protect and manage the State's fish and wildlife to maximize their long-term biological, recreational and economic values for all New Jerseyans. Sportspersons must comply with all current NJ Fish and Wildlife regulations as noted in the current hunting digest.
For information about fishing and hunting, please refer to the NJ Fish and Wildlife website or call the main information number in Trenton at 609-292-2965.
Hunters are responsible for knowing the hunting regulations within the state park. Be sure to review maps, zone descriptions and timing restrictions prior to venturing to the site. The hunting areas may have trails open to the public during the hunting season so be aware of hikers, bikers, and horseback riders who may be utilizing the trail system.
Be advised that there is NO HUNTING PERMITTED ON SUNDAYS within lands managed by the NJ State Park Service.
IMPORTANT HUNTING SEASON RULES IN SIX MILE RUN
The park has expanded the hunting boundaries to include an additional 1,600 acres of huntable land, four additional parking areas and the permission to erect two portable hunting stands. There is also the addition of a limited Firearm Season in one area of the park.
Designated areas of the park are open to deer hunting during Fall Bow, Permit Bow, Winter Bow and limited firearm seasons. Deer Management Zone 14 regulations apply. A free parking access permit is required for all seasons in addition to any applicable NJ Fish and Wildlife hunting permit(s). The park is closed to deer hunting at all other times. To obtain parking pass permits, hunters must contact the park office at (609) 924-5705 or click the links below.
Hunters MUST APPLY FOR PARK PERMIT to hunt anywhere within Six Mile Run. There is no limit on the number of bow permits but there is a limit of 15 Firearm Permits that will be provided on a first come, first serve basis. All interested participants must have their completed application submitted and approved by park staff prior to any deer hunting. Applications will be available in August.
The 2021/2022 Applications will be available in early August.
Please return completed application, along with a photocopy of your NJ Hunters License and valid identification card (ex. drivers license) to the D&R
Canal Park Office at:
D&R Canal Park Office
145 Mapleton Road
Princeton, NJ 08540
Applications may be mailed or emailed with supporting documents attached to Stephanie.Fox @dep.nj.gov.
Please call the office at 609-924-5705 for further questions.
Access for Persons with Disabilities
Six Mile Run Reservoir Site facilities are not accessible for people with disabilities. Please contact the D&R Canal Park Office for alternative ADA accessible areas nearby. Text telephone (TTY) users, call the NJ Relay & CapTel Service at 711 or 1-800-852-7897 for English or 1-866-658-7714 for Spanish.
All-Terrain Vehicles (ATVs)
Recreational use of ATVs is not permitted on NJ State Park Service property. This includes state parks, forests, recreation areas, golf courses, marinas, natural areas, historic sites, and preserves. Thank you for your help in protecting New Jersey’s natural and historic resources. [N.J.A.C. 7:2-3.4(d)]
State law prohibits the smoking of tobacco and use of electronic smoking (vaping) devices in all state parks, forests, historic sites, recreation areas, golf courses and marinas. [N.J.P.L.2005, c.383 (C.26:3D-56)]
Alcoholic beverages are not permitted in state parks, forests, recreation areas, golf courses, marinas, natural areas, historic sites, and preserves. [ N.J.A.C. 7:2-2.6 ]
Keep Your Park Clean and Green
Protect plants and animals and care for your parks by taking your trash with you. Whatever you carry into the park, plan on carrying it out too. It’s like crowdsourcing trash management! Bring a bag or two for trash, recycling and cleaning up after your pet. There are no trash receptacles in this park. Thank you!
Pets must always be on a leash no longer than six feet in length and under the control of the owner. Please clean up after your pets.
Use insect repellent, wear light-colored clothing, tuck pants into socks, stay on trails, check yourself when you get home, shower and wash clothes immediately.
Be Bear Aware
Black bears are found throughout New Jersey. Do not approach or attract bears by making food available. Feeding bears is dangerous and illegal. Never run from a bear! To report an aggressive bear, call 1-877-WARN-DEP (1-877-927-6337) immediately. Please report any damage or nuisance behavior to the park office. Visit the New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife at www.njfishandwildlife.com for additional information on bear safety.
625 Canal Road
Somerset, NJ 08873
D&R Canal State Park
145 Mapleton Road
Princeton, NJ 08540
Gate Open daily from sunrise to sunset
Park Office Open Monday- Saturday 8:30 to 4:00.
Entrance Fee None