One of the great things about living in the Somerset Hills area of New Jersey is the great selection of parks and open spaces available to residents. One of my favorite places to go is Natirar, a 411 acre park located in the towns of Peapack/Gladstone, Far Hills, and Bedminster. Natirar was once part of the larger Ladd Estate founded in 1905 and later was owned by the King of Morocco for many years before being acquired by Somerset County in 2003.
Today, Natirar is open to the public. The best way to see it is along one of its two walking trails. The first, which is about 2 miles long, runs along the scenic North Branch River as well as through wooded areas and across open spaces. The second trail, which was opened in 2009, is slightly shorter at about 1.3 miles. In addition to the trails, open spaces, and historic buildings and structures that can be found here, Natirar hosts a variety of events throughout the year including the Garden State Wine Growers Associations annual festival in May.
A portion of the former estate, including the mansion itself, has been leased to a private entity to be operated as membership only spa and conference facility. In addition, there is a restaurant, Ninety Acres which is open to the public. It serves contemporary American cuisine and offers an extensive wine list.
Being able to enjoy Natirar is just one of the many benefits of living in this part of New Jersey. To find out more about what this area has to offer, please contact me or go to my website GeorgeConklinHomes.com.