Dover Road, Berkeley Township, Ocean County, NJ
465 acres


Located on Dover Road (Route 530) about one mile northeast of the intersection of Routes 530 and 618.

From Interstate 295, take Exit 44A and go east on Rancocas Road about 1 1/2 miles to the Rancocas Nature Center entrance situated on the right hand side of the road. A sign clearly marks the entrance.

The Hovnanian Sanctuary, an upland forest located south of Toms River in Berkeley Township, Ocean County, is also managed by the Rancocas Nature Center. Hikers and naturalists will enjoy following the sand roads and trails that crisscross this site.


Oct. 4, 97 Lichen trip: Whiting, Hovnanian Sanctuary, & Dover Forge, Ocean Co., N.J.
Torrey Botanical Society & Philadelphia Botanical Club trip. With Karl Anderson (leader).

Quercus prinus (chestnut oak) 1
Quercus marilandica (blackjack oak) common
Pinus echinata (shortleaf pine) 2
Quercus stellata (post oak) some
Sassafras albidum (sassafras) some
Pinus rigida (pitch pine) common

Gallberry some
Gaultheria procumbens (wintergreen) some
Gaylussacia baccata (black huckleberry) common
Gaylussacia frondosa var. frondosa (dangleberry) few
Hudsonia ericoides (golden heather) some
Ilex glabra (inkberry) some
Kalmia angustifolia var. angustifolia (sheep laurel) some
Leiophyllum buxifolium (sand myrtle) few patches
Lyonia mariana (staggerbush) some
Myrica pensylvanica (bayberry) some
Pyxidanthera barbulata (pyxie-moss) few patches
Quercus ilicifolia (bear oak) some
Rhus copallina (winged sumac) some
Vaccinium corymbosum (highbush blueberry) some
Vaccinium pallidum (hillside blueberry) some

Smilax glauca (sawbrier) some
Smilax rotundifolia (round-leaved greenbrier) few

Aster dumosus (aster) 10/04/97 some
Aster paternus (white-topped aster) 1
Cypripedium acaule (pink lady's-slipper) 1
Polygonella articulata (jointweed) 10/04/97 common
Solidago odora var. odora (sweet goldenrod)few
Solidago puberula var. puberula (goldenrod) 4/10/97 some
Trichostema dichotomum (blue curls) 1
Xerophyllum asphodeloides (turkey beard) some

Carex pensylvanica var. pensylvanica (Pennsylvania sedge) common
Cyperus lupulinus (umbrella sedge) some

Calamovilfa brevipilis (pine barrens reedgrass)? 1
Panicum virgatum (switch grass) common
Panicum sp. (panic grass) common
Schizachyrium scoparium var. scoparium (little bluestem grass) some

Ferns & fern allies:
Pteridium aquilinum var. latiusculum (eastern bracken fern) common