Allamuchy, New Jersey
Allamuchy township is a mostly rural area, located about 60 miles from New York City in northwestern New Jersey. Home of Waterloo Village, a restored 19th-century canal town, residents can view the Delaware Water Gap from several points in the area. They love the beautiful vistas and the convenience of nearby shopping, major commuter routes and mass transportation.
1. Reasons to live in Allamuchy
2. Township Information
3. Educational Information
4. Places of Worship
5. Fun Things to Do
7. Youth Organizations
8. Adult Sports
9. Community Organizations
1. Reasons to Live in Allamuchy
Allamuchy township is a mostly rural area, located about 60 miles from New York City in northwestern New Jersey. Route 80 is only minutes from any location in the township, which makes for ideal commuting. Residents love the beautiful vistas and the convenience of nearby shopping, major commuter routes and mass transportation.
Allamuchy comes from the Lenape Indian word “Allamachetey” meaning the “the place between the hills”. Most of the 20.4 sq. miles of the township retain its rural farming roots and many of the gorgeous rolling properties offer views of the surrounding mountains. The Delaware Water Gap can be viewed from several points.
Incorporated in 1873, Allamuchy is located in Warren County. The 2010 census indicated a population of 4323. Some hamlets within the township are Alphano, Long Bridge, Quaker Church, Saxton Falls and Warrenville. The town of Hackettstown is close by and the children attend Hackettstown High School. Hackettstown is home to M&M Mars Corporation, Centenary College, NJ Transit Train Station, a vibrant Main Street business district, several strip malls with major anchors such as Walmart, Kohls, Home Depot, Target, Lowes, etc.
Panther Valley, a planned gated community of homes and townhomes encompasses 5.8 square miles and ¾ of the population resides there. Panther Valley consists of several “villages”. Each has its own distinctive style and types of housing. Though there are single family homes on modest lots, most of the construction is townhomes. Dotted throughout the community are swimming pools, tennis courts, recreation areas and a Robert Trent Jones 18-hole golf course and club house.
Outside the gates of the Panther Valley Community is the Panther Valley Mall. Located there is a convenience store, pharmacy, restaurants, bank, dry cleaners, hairdresser, etc.
The remaining residents (~1,000) reside on large parcels on the other 14+ square miles. These homes are typically on lots larger than an acre and have septic and wells.
The opportunity for outdoor activities abounds in Allamuchy. Several parks are in or near the township. The Delaware Water Gap recreation area and skiing are minutes away. The Allamuchy Board of Education owns Rutherford Hall, a cultural center and a museum. Rutherford Hall provides educational and enrichment opportunities for the residents of Allamuchy and the surrounding communities. Located nearby is Allamuchy Pond, which has a boat launch and great fishing and hiking.
Move to Allamuchy if you love the beautiful vistas but want nearby conveniences –all less than 60 miles from NYC.
2. Township Information and Links
Allamuchy was incorporated in 1873 and is located along the Pequest River in Warren County.The Musconetcong River forms the Township’s southeastern border. Allamuchy has a mayor/council form of government. The township is 20.4 square miles and the2010 census indicated a population of 4323. The municipal offices are located on Alphano Road.
Most of Allamuchy is still forests and farms. The only substantial development is the Panther Valley community at the juncture of Interstate 80 and Route 517, a1,200-home development of single-family homes, condominiums, and townhouses.
Township officials are trying to limit the further growth of development in the township. Open space acquisition is a major part of this strategy. The Township and its very active Environmental Commission are aggressively pursuing state Green Acres money and have put together a detailed open space plan for the Township.
Children in grades PreK – 8 are educated in Allamuchy Township Schools. The Board of Education maintains two schools. The Township School serves students in grades 3 – 8 while the Mountain Villa School serves students in grades PK – 2. The overarching goal of the Allamuchy Township School is to provide an environment that inspires, educates and challenges each child to achieve his or her potential academically, socially, physically and emotionally. They envision their pupils entering the work force as adults prepared to deal with an ever changing and challenging environment as lifelong learners and creative problem solvers.
For High School, the children attend Hackettstown High School. Building on tradition and success, the mission of the Hackettstown School District is to educate and inspire students through school, family, and community partnerships so that all become positive, contributing members of a global society, with a life-long commitment to learning.
Hackettstown is home to Centenary University. Warren County College is nearby. There are quite a few preschools and daycare centers nearby.
4. Places of Worship
Most of the house of worship are located in Hackettstown or a short drive away.
Panther Valley Ecumenical Church: https://www.panthervalleychurch.org/
Tranquility Seventh Day Adventist Church: https://tacsda.org/
Hackettstown Baptist Church: https://www.hackettstownbaptistchurch.com
Church of the Assumption: https://www.assumptionbvmnj.org/
Trinity United Methodist Church: https://www.catchthespirit.org/
Gethsemane Lutheran Church: https://www.gethsemanehtown.com/
Mountain Top Church: https://www.mtopag.org/
First Presbyterian Church of Hackettstown: https://www.fpchackettstown.org/
Saint James Episcopalian Church: https://stjameshackettstown.org/
Holy Cross Eastern Orthodox Church: https://elevationoftheholycross.blogspot.com/
Temple Hatikvah: https://www.templehatikvahnj.org/flanders/
5. Fun Things to Do
In Allamuchy or nearby there are many indoor and outdoor activities. Hackettstown has become the home of several brewing companies, where you can make your own! Keep in mind, you are less than 60 miles from New York City, where there is a never-ending list of things to do in the city that never sleeps!
Czigmeister Brewing Company: https://www.czigmeisterbrewing.com/
Man Skirt Brewing: https://manskirtbrewing.com/
Jersey Girl Brewing Company: https://www.jerseygirlbrewing.com/
Centenary Stage Company: https://www.centenarystageco.org/
Waterloo Village: https://www.friendsofwaterloovillage.com/
Stryker Airsoft: https://www.strykerairsoftnj.com/
Hackettstown Center for the Arts: https://www.hackettstownarts.com/
Farmview Golf/Mini Golf: https://www.farmviewgolf.com/
Land of Make Believe: https://www.lomb.com/
Donaldson Farms: https://donaldsonfarms.net/
Latoka Wolf Preserve: https://www.lakotawolf.com/
Space Animal Farms: https://www.spacefarms.com/
Pequest Fish Hatchery: https://www.state.nj.us/dep/fgw/pequest.htm
Orchard View Lavendar Farm: https://www.orchardviewlavenderfarm.com/
Well Sweep Herb Farm: https://wellsweep.com/
Valley Shepherd Creamery: https://valleyshepherd.com/the-creamery/the-farm
Whether you golf, swim, hike, garden, canoe, ski or just want to take in gorgeous vistas, there are numerous options in Allamuchy and the surrounding areas. Don’t forget! The best beaches in the northern USA- the Jersey Shore, are just a day trip away! National, state, county and local parks abound!
Hackettstown Community Pool: https://www.hackettstownpool.org/
Kittatinny Canoes: https://kittatinny.com/
Panther Valley Golf Course: https://www.panthervalleygolf.com/
Minebrook Golf Course: https://www.minebrookgc.com/
Flanders Valley Golf Course: https://www.flandersvalleygc.com/
Apple Mountain Golf Course: https://www.applemountaingolf.com/
Black Oak Golf Course: https://www.blackoakgolfclub.com/
Allamuchy State Park: https://www.state.nj.us/dep/parksandforests/parks/allamuch.html
Lake Hopatcong Cruises: https://lakehopatcongcruises.com/
Lake Hopatcong State Park: https://www.visitnj.org/nj-all-beaches/hopatcong-state-park
Jenny Jump State Forest: https://www.state.nj.us/dep/parksandforests/parks/jennyjump.html
Kittatinny Valley State Park: https://www.state.nj.us/dep/parksandforests/parks/kittval.html
Stephens State Park: https://www.stateparks.com/stephens_state_park_in_new_jersey.html
Allamuchy Dog Park: https://allamuchynj.org/welcome-allamuchy-dog-park/
Delaware Water Gap: https://delawareriver.natgeotourism.com/
Morris Canal: https://morriscanalgreenway.org/
Warren County Parks: https://warrenparks.com/
Skiing Mountain Creek Resort: https://www.mountaincreek.com/
7. Youth Organizations
Allamuchy and the surrounding areas offer an array of activities for children. From sports to dance to theater to music and beyond; your child will be sure to find many options. I have listed a few here.
Little League: https://www.coloniallittleleague.org/home.php
Girls Softball: https://www.leaguelineup.com/welcome.asp?url=wcgsa
New Jersey School of Arts and Dance: https://www.njsda.org/
Sea Dragons Swim Club: https://seadragonsswimmingclub.weebly.com/
Colonial Musketteers: https://www.colonialmusketeersjrcorps.org/
Girl Scouts: https://www.gsnnj.org/
BoyScouts: https://www.bsa416.org/ https://www.troopwebhost.org/Troop158Hackettstown/
Giant Gymnastics: https://www.giantgymnastics.net/
Isshin School of Karate: https://isshin-ryu.com/
8. Adult Sports
In addition to all the outdoor recreational venues, Allamuchy and the surrounding areas are home to many yoga studios, gyms, adult sport leagues, etc. Here are but a few.
Gold’s Gym: https://www.goldsgym.com/hackettstownnj/
Evolutionary Martial Arts: https://www.njfight.net/
Awakening Point Yoga: https://awakeningpoint.com/
Serenity Wellness and Yoga: https://www.serenityogandwellness.com/
Gallery Barre: https://www.facebook.com/GalleryBarre/
Classic Ballroom: https://www.classicballroom.com/
Riverside Health & Fitness: https://www.riversidehfc.com/
Oakwood Lanes: https://www.oakwoodlanes.com/
Circle Lanes: https://circlebowlnj.com/
9. Community Organizations
There are many opportunities to get involved in the Allamuchy area. Here are a few to get you started.
Knights of Columbus: https://www.kofc2483.org/
Hackettstown Community Band: https://www.hackettstownband.org/
American Legion: https://www.legion.org/
The Lions Club: 217 Main St, Hackettstown,(908) 914-2973
A local paper, whether on-line or in print, can give you great insight into a community. It also will have more details about events and local organizations than I can list here.
Panther Valley Newsletter https://pvpoa.org/page/35596~698421/Panther-Newsletter
Hackettstown Patch: https://patch.com/new-jersey/hackettstown
Daily Record: https://www.dailyrecord.com/
Star Ledger: https://www.nj.com/starledger/
Warren Reporter: https://www.nj.com/warren/
Though Route 80 is minutes away from any location in Allamuchy, there are other nearby major commuter routes such as Route 46, Route 10, Route 287, Route 206 and Route 78. Allamuchy is Exit 19 off of Route 80.
NJ Transit does have a station in Hackettstown. Since it is the end of the line, you will find the schedule from Hackettstown limited. However, a few minutes down Route 80 is the Park and Ride at the Mt. Arlington Exit 30. There you will find many more options.
From the Panther Valley Mall, the Martz Bus Line travels to the Port Authority and Wall Street.
Martz Bus Lines: https://martztrailways.com/departures-from-new-jersey/
New Jersey Transit: https://m.njtransit.com/mo/mo_servlet.srv?hdnPageAction=TrainSchedulesTo