One of the most highly regarded communities in New Jersey, Basking Ridge is considered upscale with lots of charm and hometown warmth. It is located in the heart of the historic district of Bernards Township in northern Somerset County, just west of Newark. With a great school system, many recreational opportunities, cultural events year round, people are drawn from all over to visit or relocate to beautiful Basking Ridge. Having an ideal location also adds to this county’s 25 square mile appeal, being one hour from the mountains, the shore or New York City.
One of the most popular and well known points of interest in Basking Ridge is the Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge. Established in 1960, it lies 26 miles west of New York City and 7 miles south of Morristown, New Jersey. This 6,818 acre refuge is home to many old oak and beech trees, dozens of species of plants, and over 200 species of birds.
Rapid growth over the last 30 years has sparked a huge expansion within the township’s school district. In recent years, voters passed a $38 million bond to build additions to the high school, middle school and area elementary schools. There are also a few private and preschool in the area. The most recent school to open was Mt. Prospect Elementary in fall of 2003. Also recently completed was a $3 million library expansion.
There are three main business districts within the Bernards Township, each offering a variety of everyday shopping needs ranging from grocery stores, drug stores, post offices, pet shops and more. From antiques and collectables to mainstream shopping malls, there is something for everyone around Basking Ridge.