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One word pretty much sums up this place, "AMAZING!". The Cider Mill at Hacklebarney State Park specializes in making many delicious treats out of apples. From apple cider to apple hot dogs (hot dogs boiled in apple cider) this place is phenomenal! The apples (various varieties) grown by the Jacobson family on the farm are freshly pressed by the staff in the mill. The shops sell all the numerous homemade treats to please even the most discerning palate.
Every visit to Hacklebarney State Park is usually highlighted by a stop at the Cider Mill. You just have to make sure you come during apple season. By the end of August, the shop is open and usually remains open till just before Christmas. They even have a corn maze for the kids. One last tip is to call ahead and reserve your pies. Sometimes they run out!
Favorite Dish: The Harvest Pie (apple, pear, plum, and peach) and Apple Crumb Pie are to die for. Their hot dogs boiled in apple cider, with apple sauerkraut and apple & beans are also quite a yummy treat!
Be sure to come and visit this place! Oh and their apple doughnuts are very popular!
Updated Dec 19, 2004
Address: 104 State Park Road, Chester, NJ 07930
Aside from the Cider Mill on Hacklebarney Farm, there are no restaurants in the immediate vicinity of the park. As such, if you want to eat at the park, picnicking is permitted and there are numerous benches set up throughout the park where families and friends can do just that. Some of them have better spots than other so familiarize yourself with the park before perching yourself on one of these. My favorite is along the Black River and if you follow the trail, you'll know which one I mean. One very important thing to add is that you must take all your trash with you when you leave and never feed the animals. It's not good for them!
Written Dec 19, 2004