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Scherman Hoffman Wildlife Sanctuary

11 Hardscrabble Road

The Scherman Hoffman Wildlife Sanctuary, located in Bernardsville, Basking Ridge, and Harding Township, NJ, has its beginnings in the 1965 donation of 125 acres by Mr. and Mrs. Harry Scherman to the New Jersey Audubon Society. Later, in 1973 and 1975, Mr. G. Frederick Hoffman donated parcels of land.

The Hoffman estate house and caretaker's house were added to the Sanctuary in 1981, at the time of Mr. Hoffman's death. This completed what is now the Scherman-Hoffman Wildlife Sanctuary, 276 acres of woodland, field, and floodplain habitat supporting over 200 species of wildlife over the course of a year.

Well-maintained and marked trails traverse the Sanctuary, ranging in length from 0.3 miles to 1.3 miles and passing through upland deciduous forest, fields, woodland, and the floodplain along the headwaters of the Passaic River. The Sanctuary is home to more than 60 species of nesting birds, and over 200 species of birds have been sighted at the Sanctuary, including as many as 25 species of warblers during spring migration. Nesting birds of interest include Worm-eating Warbler, Louisiana Waterthrush, Ruby-throated Hummingbird, Pileated Woodpecker, Wild Turkey, and Great-horned and Screech owls. Red Fox, Long-tailed Weasel, Mink, numerous White-tailed Deer, Eastern Chipmunk, Gray and Red squirrels, Coyote, and many other mammals inhabit the diverse habitat at Scherman-Hoffman.


Tom Stavron

Wednesday, May 9, 2018
Quite hiking trails. Even if you can't hike visit the gift shop and sit indoors and watch the bird feeders. Great friendly staff.

Philip Rushton

Wednesday, March 7, 2018
few people hike here great place for a river walk we take our dogs and they love the hike it can be a one hour loop through Cross Estate or there are short cuts trail map does not show all trails dogs should be on leash and if they're not, watch out for Rangers up at Cross Estate parking lot Audubon officially doesn't allow dogs, but so long as dogs (and their owners) are well-behaved. ..seems to not be an issue happy trails!

Evelyn Amargos-Lance

Sunday, March 25, 2018
Great facility with a wonderful purpose. We just joined last week and attended our 1st educational event yesterday, and were very impressed with the knowledge their naturalist, Dorothy, shared with us.

Susan B

Thursday, Dec. 14, 2017
I Was Here recently for a meeting of a local photo Club so I can't speak much about the facility itself. I was there once many many years ago and I remember that the people were very helpful and they had nice walking trails. I can't say what the condition of the trails are right now because I was there at night. But I would like to go back there during the day and see what they have to offer

William Scullion

Monday, April 16, 2018
Nice property. Great shop for birders

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