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Millburn-Short Hills is home to numerous points of interest sure to entice everyone from nature enthusiasts to die-hard shoppers and dedicated patrons of the arts.

One of the most prominent places to enjoy the outdoors is through the South Mountain Reservation (the largest parkland in Essex County), which extends through Millburn Township, as well as many of the surrounding municipalities. The more than 2,000 acres of reservation include hiking trails, waterfalls, creeks and ponds, as well as magnificent vistas from 550 feet above Millburn.

Short Hills is also home to the 16.5-acre Cora Hartshorn Arboretum and Bird Sanctuary, a nonprofit organization that serves as a cultural and educational center. The arboretum was established more than 50 years ago to promote an understanding of the relationship between people and the environment. There are more than three miles of trails open to the public, and The Stone House has numerous animal exhibits for viewing – all part of the tract of woodlands donated to the township by Miss Cora Hartshorn in 1958.

Greenwood Gardens is a nonprofit 22-acre public garden located adjacent to Old Short Hills Park. The once private retreat (which features Italianate gardens, mossy pebbled walks, rough stone grottos and exceptional vistas) was the country estate of 20th-century real estate auctioneer Joseph P. Day. Later, the property became part of the estate of Peter P. Blanchard Jr., who preserved the original gardens. Greenwood is one of only 12 preservation projects of the Garden Conservancy, a national nonprofit organization dedicated to the preservation of America’s exceptional gardens.

The Millburn Free Public Library houses an outstanding collection of more than 90,000 books, as well as substantial holdings of other circulating materials. Cardholders in good standing have access to more than 10 million books, CDs, DVDs and more, as part of a network of more than 150 libraries throughout the state. A library card also gives users access to free e-books, music streams and online databases listed on the MFPL website.

In addition, the Millburn-Short Hills Historical Society oversees a museum that features exhibits, research materials and formal lectures. The Historical Society seeks to accumulate and preserve memorabilia, photographs, maps and postcards to encourage interest in local history.

A great sense of history and community spirit is evident in every aspect of the township, particularly with numerous annual town-wide events and activities. Hundreds of people celebrate Independence Day with festivities, fireworks and a fishing derby, organized by an independent, volunteer Fourth of July Committee. Throughout the year, there are also celebrations, such as parades, street fairs, and an annual 5K Road Race for runners and visitors of all ages to enjoy.

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