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.
North Branch Park offers two picnic areas, available by reservation for corporations and family groups of 20 people or more. Brook Grove, located near one of the softball fields, contains 14 tables and 12 grills, and has a newly installed children's playground nearby. River Grove, adjacent to a large playing field, has 8 tables and 12 grills. A pavilion is located on the fairgrounds, and may be reserved for group use. A number of picnic tables are located along the river, and are available on a casual basis.
Athletics and Lifetime Sport Opportunities
The North Branch of the Raritan River offers prime fishing locations, and is stocked each year by the NJ Division of Fish, Game, and Wildlife. Two softball fields are available for rental for leagues, tournaments, or pickup games. The park also has a soccer field, and a flying field for model aircraft enthusiasts. Model rocket hobbyists may launch their crafts on a section of the fairground dedicated for their use. Two horse show rings are used for fairs, shows, and training.
North Branch Park is home to several Countywide special events. Each Fourth of July, the Somerset County Park Commission sponsors the Independence Day Family Festival with historical reenactments and a grand fireworks finale. In August, North Branch Park hosts the Somerset County 4H Fair. Areas of the park are also rented to special groups wishing to host events such as dog shows, circuses, and bicycle road races.
Flying enthusiasts who hold a valid AMA License and FAA license, and a Park Commission Flying Field Permit, may use the flying field at North Branch Park. Flying hours are 10:00am-7:30pm on weekdays, and 10:00am-5:30pm on weekends/holidays.
All flyers are considered "students" until rated by a designated Check Pilot, and students must fly with the assistance of a pilot. Members of the Somerset Signal Senders serve as volunteer check pilots, and conduct check flights for students to demonstrate proficiency in flight skills, safety techniques, and knowledge of flying field rules and regulations. Once a student has passed the required skills, pilot status will be issued and may be renewed on an annual basis.
Permits are valid for a calendar year; expiring December 31. In order to make the renewal process as simple as possible, you may renew your permit by mail. Please send a copy of your 2017 AMA membership card, and FAA Registration, along with the actual 2016 Park Commission permit card to: Somerset County Park Commission, P.O Box 5327, North Branch, NJ 08876. Please also enclose the appropriate fee in a check made payable to the "Somerset County Park Commission." The 2017 fees are as follows:
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New flying field users must file for an initial permit in person. For a list of check pilots, flying field regulations or information about obtaining a permit, please call Somerset County Park Commission at 908 722-1200 ext. 226. Individuals with a hearing or speech impairment may use the Relay Service at 711.
| ADDITIONAL INFORMATION
• North Branch Park Brochure (PDF)
• North Branch Park Map (PDF)
• Playground Equiptment
E-mail Leisure Services with any questions or comments.