East County Park is a 150-acre property nestled in the northeast corner of Somerset County in Warren Township. The park includes an initial 8’ wide half-mile long multi-use nature trail made of stone, and loops around a serene pond with views of nearby meadows.
Tucked away along the headwaters of the Passaic River, the Cross Estate Gardens go back to the early years of the twentieth century when grand country mansions were built as summer retreats in the Somerset Hills. These gardens provide a glimpse into this lifestyle and history.
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
Popular with adults and children alike for its interactive nature, visitors are invited to touch and smell the herbs. Culinary and fragrant herbs including basils, mints and geraniums are displayed within reach. The fragrances of lavender, daphne and sweet autumn clematis perfume the air. Textured plants such as the rubbery sedum, spiky blue fescue and