fall day trips
Mountain Reservation to your left. In
downtown Washington, check out Get a
Grip & More ( 37 E. Washington Avenue),
where you’ll find vintage tools, baseball
cards and oddities like a NASA suit. If you
need gas, and even if you don’t, look out for
Guy’s Washington Filling Station (237 W.
Washington Avenue, Washington), a roadside gem from the 1920s with its original,
ornate Ionic columns still intact.
Driving through Franklin Township,
you might pass a tractor on the road.
Some of the best car’s-eye views are here,
with expansive landscapes all around you.
For a late breakfast, check out Candy’s
Country Café (2423 Route 57, Stewartsville). The homey little restaurant serves
old fashioned biscuits with your eggs and
hash browns; in October, every inch of the
interior is Halloween themed.
For more scenery, go right on Montana
Road, left onto Richline Road and left
onto Merrill Creek Road to reach the
Merrill Creek Reservoir ( 34 Merrill Creek
Road, Washington). An enviromental
preserve with hiking trails surrounds the
650-acre reservoir, which helps maintain
water levels in the Delaware River. Grab
your camera and watch for hawks at
Scott’s Mountain during migration season, September through November.
Return to the scenic byway and head
through Stewartsville. Watch for the
marker for the Concrete Mile; this was
the site of the first concrete highway in
New Jersey and one of the first in the
country. In 1912, Thomas Edison used
cement from his nearby New Village
plant as an experimental road surface.
The experiment was a success, though
the mile has since been paved. On the
left is Bread Lock Park (2627 Route
57, Stewartsville), where you can see
remains of the 1800s-era Morris Canal
system; the lock was so named because
of the nearby store that sold bread to the
boatmen. Watch closely for the sign—it’s
easy to miss. You can walk on part of the
canal’s tow path and see the remains of
the buried lock, or just admire the view
of hills and farmland rising above the
The scenic byway ends in Greenwich
Township, but your drive continues south
on Route 519. It gets confusing as you
cross strip-malled Route 22; go left on
eastbound Route 122 and right onto 3rd
Avenue to stay on 519 (Springtown Road).
You’ll want to detour up Snyders Road to
Winters Road for two reasons: the stun-
ning hilltop views, and to visit the green-
house and fields of mums at Cierechs
Pohatcong Growers ( 23 Winters Road,
Phillipsburg). Back on 519, make a slight
right on Riegelsville Warren Glen Road
through Holland Township; you’re now
in Hunterdon County. Drive alongside
the Hakihokake Creek as the road climbs
up among the trees. Go left on Milford
Warren Glen Road, which becomes Water
Street. This takes you into tiny downtown
Milford on the Delaware.
It’s probably too early to eat at the
Zagat-rated Milford House ( 92 Water
Street), but keep it in mind for dinner.
If you’re ready for lunch, try the fish and
chips at the pub-style Ship Inn ( 61 Bridge
Street), the state’s first post-Prohibition
brewpub. Before leaving Milford, pop
into Allen’s Antiques ( 49 Bridge Street)
and comb through the overstuffed store
to find porcelain dolls, paperbacks or a
From Milford, take Route 619 toward
Frenchtown. For a delicious detour,
make a left on Stamets Road to
Bobolink Dairy & Bakehouse (369 Stamets
Road, Milford). The farm, which prides
itself on its grass-fed cattle, also offers
artisanal cheeses and breads made from
Route 619, or Frenchtown Road,
becomes Harrison Street, which intersects with Bridge Street in the center of
casually chic Frenchtown. Alchemy ( 17
Bridge Street) offers funky clothes and accessories from brands including Margaret
Winters and Bryn Walker. The Book Garden ( 28 Bridge Street) carries an eclectic
selection of new and used books.
Still haven’t eaten? The stately,
19th-century Frenchtown Inn ( 7 Bridge
Street) offers everything from a Mediter-
ranean flatbread with arugula and goat
cheese to grilled black Angus steak.
Before you leave Frenchtown, walk to
the center of the Uhlerstown-Frenchtown
Bridge to view the Delaware River and the
fall-foliage show along its banks.
GONE FISHIN’—FOR FREE
By Manny Luftglass
sometimes, the best things in life really are free—like Free Fishing Days in New Jersey.
There are only two each year; the next one is Saturday, October 21.
On Free Fishing Days, anyone is allowed to fish in the state’s public waters without a
license or trout stamp. (A license is never required for youngsters up to age 16 in New
Jersey. The license is $22.50 for ages 16-64; seniors pay $12.50.)
Where should you bait your hook? The choices are wide and varied, from large
recreational lakes to rapid rivers and isolated streams. In many locations, the state Fish
and Wildlife Division stocks the waters with trout and other species, including northern
pike, striped bass hybrids and channel catfish. Wild species are also abundant. (For all
species, the regular size and daily catch limits remain in effect on Free Fishing Days.)
Among recommended spots to be freshly stocked with trout this fall are Big Flat
Brook (Sussex County), the South Branch of the Raritan River (Somerset County), the
Musconetcong River (Hunterdon County), Giampetro Park Pond (Atlantic County) and
Mary Elmer Lake (Cumberland County). There is also a handicapped-accessible fishing
site along the Pequest River. For beginners, the Pequest State Trout Hatchery in Warren
County offers free instructional programs on specific dates throughout the year.
Don’t forget the gear: To get started, you’ll need rod, reel, tackle box, hooks, line and a
bunch of other essentials. A basic outfit should run about $50 to $100. If you want to go
barebones, an old fashioned cane pole with line, bobber, sinkers and hooks costs under
$25. Some shops also rent gear.
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Byway, you can
detour through the
of Port Murray.