Alexandria and Holland Townships, Hunterdon County
Within the highland hills of Hunterdon County, Sweet Hollow is
a cool and shaded ravine. Steep forested slopes of white oak,
beech and maples angle down from high ridgetops to the narrow
stream corridor of Hackihokake Creek. Sweet Hollow Preserve serves
as the headwaters to Hackihokake Creek as it courses over rounded
stones and boulders. The clear, cool water with riffles and pools
offers ideal areas for resident trout to seek out hatching insects.
Streamside habitats are visited by mink and raccoon, while black
bear and wild turkey frequent the forests. Springtime brings the
return of warblers, redstarts and other songbirds. Wildflowers,
including false hellebore, Indian cucumber and wild comfrey add
to the site’s rich diversity of plants and animals.
An initial donation by Melvin Wolock of 11 acres along the creek
came to be known as Wolock Preserve. Later donations of property
as well as land acquisitions by the New Jersey Green Acres Program
created the Sweet Hollow Preserve. Although under two names, both
preserves attain the same goal of protecting the forest and watershed
of the Hackihokake Creek and the natural resources that depend
Public Access and Uses:
The Preserve provides opportunities for birders, hikers and fishermen.
Access is best from Route 579 or Sweet Hollow Road. No maintained
trails are available and roadside parking is limited. The Trust
for bow hunting only at this preserve.