Mount Paul Memorial County Park
This site is currently undeveloped, with no trails or public access.
The preserved green space, located in Chester Township, consists of woodlands and undeveloped fields. Gladstone Brook, a trout production stream, has its headwaters within the tract.
Mount Paul is the home of a small chestnut tree orchard planted by the American Chestnut Foundation as part of an experiment to create blight resistant trees. The orchard was planted in April 2004 and if successful it will take six generations, or 48 years, to achieve blight resistant trees.
This park also serves as the primary outdoor range for the Not for Profit, New Jersey School of Archery, which has sent coaches and participants to compete for the USA Archery team at the Olympics and other national and international events.
There is no current plan for park development.
In the mid-1700s, a Native American Lenape Indian Chief whose English name was Paul, purportedly lived in the area known as Roxiticus, now Mount Paul. He assisted the settlers in their relations with the Peapacton Indians and other tribes. Traveling the Indian path from Roxiticus to what is now New Brunswick, he uprooted a lone hemlock sapling and carried it back home. Chief Paul planted the young tee on a hill overlooking his village and tended it until his death. The legend is that Chief Paul was buried beneath the tree so that he could look out over his beloved home for eternity. As years passed and the Lenape moved west, the seedlings from the lonely hemlock spread along the forest floor surrounding his grave with gentle firs. (Wolfe, C. G. Black River Journal, late Summer/Early Fall 2003). In the 1800s, the land was owned by a local family, the Thompson, and they called it Mount Paul Farm. Portions of the park were donated by the Winston family, and were part of the 950-acre Winston estate.