Chester Township is located in southwestern Morris County, NJ. Chester itself was established as a separate political entity in 1799, at which time “Chester” meant the area of both the Township and the downtown Village area which came to be the Borough. The Borough of Chester was incorporated in 1930 and is a separate municipality surrounded by Chester Township.
Area farms sell luscious berries, apples, peaches, strawberries, vegetables and baked goods. Shoppers can choose to visit places like Alstede’s Farms, Hacklebarney Farm Cider Mill, Riamede, Stony Hill Farms and Greenhouses and others to pick their own or just enjoy all of the wonderful produce from these farms. Many of the farms offer corn mazes and hayrides in the fall and other special events throughout the year. Set on the Black River, the Cooper Grist Mill is a working, water-powered, historical mill. They produce flour and run guided tours/events. Their parking lot provides access to Patriots Path. Morrisparks.net
Chubb Park is the site of the 4H fair every summer. Black River Park, home to the Nathan Cooper Gristmill, is popular for biking, hiking and jogging in Chester Township. Of course, there are the shops and restaurants in nearby Chester Borough, with over 100 retail establishments that serve the local residents and tourists. The Streets of Chester shopping mall is located on U.S. Route 26. Here’s a helpful website I LOVE CHESTER
There are two gardens well worth the visit: Bamboo Brook and Willowwood Arboretum, both operated by the Morris County Park Commission. The Elizabeth D. Kay Environmental Center, formerly Hidden River Farm, is also open to visitors. Morrisparks.net
For a complete list of Chester parks, visit this site.
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