Somerset County

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Somerset County Towns

Bedminster

Bernards

Bernardsville

Bound Brook

Branchburg

Bridgewater

Far Hills

Franklin

Green Brook

Hillsborough

Manville

Millstone Borough

Montgomery

North Plainfield

Peapack/Gladstone

Raritan

Rocky Hill

Somerville

South Bound Brook

Warren

Watchung

 

Education

Education & Library

College and Universities in Morris County

Raritan Valley Community College
118 Lamington Road
Branchburg, NJ 08876
908-526-1200

Somerset Christian College
10 College Way
PO Box 9188
Zarephath, NJ 08890
732-356-1595

Library

Somerset County Library System
Adminstration:
1 Vogt Drive
Bridgewater, NJ 08807
908-526-4016


 

Government

Somerset County is governed by a five-member Board of Chosen Freeholders. The Freeholders are the center of the legislative and administrative resonsibility in Somerset County.

These are the administrative offices:

Public Information
Somerset County Administration Building
20 Grove Street
Somerville, NJ 08876
908-231-7000

Serves as the public information center for county government departments and agencies.

County Administrator
Somerset County Administration Building
20 Grove Street
Somerville, NJ 08876
908-231-7000

Responsible for the day-to-day operation and supervision of the county departments and their divisions and projects.

Clerk of the Board
Somerset County Administration Building
20 Grove Street
Somerville, NJ 08876
908-231-7006

Responsible for the adminstrative and supervisory functions of the board of freeholders.

Prosecutor
40 North Bridge Street
Somerville, NJ 08876
908-231-7100

The county's chief law enforcement officer.

Somerset County Sheriff's Office
110 Brentwood Road
Raritan, NJ 08869
908-231-7140

Responsible for providing highly technical and specialized services to local law enforcement agencies.


Parks

Somerset County Parks Commission
355 Milltown Road
Bridgewater, NJ 08807
908 722-1200

  • Colonial Park
    156 Mettlers Road
    Somerset, NJ 08873
    732-873-2459

    Acquired in 1965, this 685 acre facility includes scenic frontage on both the historic Delaware and Raritan Canal and the Millstone River. Recreation facilities, prize winning horticultural displays, and pristine natural areas are spaced amid the broad lawns and ponds of this diverse Somerset County park. Located within Colonial Park is Spooky Brook Golf Course; an 18 hole championship course which offers a wide open layout with spacious fairways and greens.

  • Duke Island Park
    Old York Road
    Bridgewater, NJ 
    908 722-7779

    Located in Bridgewater Township, Duke Island Park is a site of rich natural beauty which offers varied recreational experiences. Truly an "island" park, it is traversed by the historic Raritan Power Canal. The Somerset County Park Commission acquired this 343 acre site in 1958, and has developed it to provide a wide variety of active and passive recreational opportunities and special events for park visitors.

  • Leonard J Buck Garden
    11 Layton Road
    Far Hills, NJ 07931
    908-234-2677 

    The Leonard J. Buck Garden is one of the premier rock gardens in the eastern United States. Begun in the late 1930's, the garden has reached a breathtaking point of maturity. It consists of a series of alpine and woodland gardens situated in a 33-acre wooded stream valley. Named for Mr. Leonard J. Buck, who developed the garden as part of his estate, it was donated to the Somerset County Park Commission by Mrs. Helen Buck in 1976

  • Natirar
    2 Main Street
    Peapack, NJ 07977

    Natirar is a 404-acre property located in the scenic hills of Somerset County within the municipalities of Peapack/Gladstone, Far Hills and Bedminster. There are 247 acres located in Peapack/Gladstone, 124 acres in Far Hills, and 40 acres in Bedminster. Formerly the estate of Kate Macy Ladd and Walter Graeme Ladd, the property is rich in culture and history. The property features extensive areas of lawn and woodland, river access and scenic views and contains historic farm buildings and various other residential structures and out-buildings dating from the mid-18th through mid-19th centuries. The North Branch of the Raritan River and the Peapack Brook traverse the property. Natirar presents a unique opportunity for a single property to preserve, showcase and interpret many aspects of the area’s rich architectural, cultural, historic and archaeological heritage. 

  • North Branch Park
    355 Milltown Road
    Bridgewater, NJ
    908-722-1200

    Located in Bridgewater Township, is the home of the Somerset County Park Commission administrative offices. This 194 acre park, acquired in 1961, offers nearly a mile of frontage along the North Branch of the Raritan River. In addition to being the host location of the annual 4H Fair, the park is used extensively for major exhibits, shows, and fairs. 

  • Sourland Mountain Reserve
    East Mountain Road
    Hillsbrough, NJ

    The 4,000 acre Sourland Mountain Preserve is county owned and administered by the Somerset County Park Commission. The Preserve provides passive recreational opportunities in an undisturbed natural setting. 

    The Preserve occupies a portion of the northeast “point” of the Sourland Region, which stretches southwest across Hillsborough and Montgomery Townships through southern Hunterdon and northern Mercer counties to the Delaware River.

    The Sourland Mountain Preserve offers several recreational opportunities in an undisturbed natural setting, including hiking, mountain biking, bird watching, bouldering, and horseback riding.

  • Washington Rock Park
    Washington Avenue
    Green Brook, NJ 08812

    One of the oldest parks in New Jersey, Washington Rock was originally purchased by the state of New Jersey in 1913 to commemorate the historical events of June 1777. The strategic location of Washington Rock made it a valuable lookout point during the American Revolution for General George Washington when the British army under General William Howe was moving toward Westfield. From the vantage point of this natural rock outcropping, General Washington was able to instruct his troops to circle behind Howe’s troops and cut off their retreat.  Today, the park still offers panoramic views and offers family picnic sites.

  • Washington Valley Park
    Bridgewater, NJ 08807

    Washington Valley Park consists of approximately 719 acres that lie along the First Watchung Ridge in Bridgewater Township. The park contains the former Bound Brook Elizabethtown Reservoir that will become the focal point of the park along a network of trails.

    The park is located between the first and second Watchung Mountains at the geographic center of Somerset County. It consists of Pine and Hemlock forests, open freshwater wetland marshes, impressive rock outcroppings, numerous historic features and a 21-acre reservoir. 

    Washington Valley Park offers several recreational opportunities in an undisturbed natural setting, including hiking, mountain biking, and hawk watching. The more than seven miles of trails are great for hiking, and some of the best mountain biking in the state.


 

Sports & Recreation

 

Family/Outdoor Fun

Torpey Athletic Complex
202 Nimitz Street
Bridgewater, NJ 08807

The Torpey Complex consists of (1) lighted grass baseball field, (1) lighted grass softball field and a state-of-the-art synthetic turf multi-purpose athletic field programmed for seasonal sports. All fields are available for rental for tournaments, league play, and practice. 

Baseball

Somerset Patriots Minor League Baseball
1 Patriots Park
Bridgewater, NJ 
908-252-0700

Equestrian

Lord Sterling Stable
256 S. Maple Avenue
Basking Ridge, NJ 
908-766-5955

Golf

  • Basking Ridge Country Club
    185 Madisonville Rd
    Basking Ridge, NJ 07920
    908-766-8209

  • Coakley-Russo Memorial Golf Course
    Valley Rd
    Lyons, NJ 07939
    908-766-2510

  • Fidler's Elbow Country Club
    Rattlesnake Bridge Rd
    Far Hills, NJ 07931
    908-439-2513

  • Fox Hollow Golf Course
    59 Fox Chase Run
    Somerville, NJ 08876
    908-526-0010

  • Green Knoll Golf Course
    587 Garretson Road
    Bridgewater, NJ
    908-722-1301

  • Matawang Golf Club
    295-303 Township Line Rd
    Belle Mead, NJ 08502
    908-281-0778

  • New Jersey National Golf Club at the Hills
    579 Allen Rd
    Basking Ridge, NJ 07920
    908-781-9400

  • Neshanic Valley Golf Course
    2301 South Branch Rd.
    Neshanic Station, NJ 08853
    908-369-8200

  • Quail Brook Golf Course
    625 New Brunswick Road
    Somerset, NJ
    732-560-9528

  • Raritan Valley Country Club
    747 Hwy 28
    Bridgewater, NJ 08807
    908-722-2000

  • Roycebrook Golf Club
    201 Hamilton Rd
    Sommerville, NJ 08876
    908-904-4785

  • Somerset Hills Country Club
    180 Mine Mount Rd
    Bernardsville, NJ 07924
    908-766-0044

  • Spooky Brook Golf Course
    582 Elizabeth Avenue
    Somerset, NJ
    732-873-2242

  • Tara Greens Golf Center
    955 Somerset St
    Somerset, NJ 08873
    732-247-8284

  • Warrenbrook Golf Course
    500 Warrenville Road
    Warren, NJ
    908-754-8402


Hockey/Skating

North Branch Greenway Park
Milltown Road
Bridgewater, NJ 08807

NJ Devils

NY Islanders

NY Rangers

Philadephia Flyers

Tennis

Colonial Park Tennis Center
Mettlers Road
Somerset, NJ
908 722-1200 ext. 226

Green Knoll Tennis Center
587 Garretson Road
Bridgewater, NJ
908 722-1303



 

Visitor Center

 

Somerset County Business Partnership
360 Grove Street at Route 22 East
(Chamber of Commerce Building)
Bridgewater, NJ 08807
908 218-4300

Runs a website called www.visitsomersetnj.org where you can get more information.

 


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