Encompassing the hamlets of North Branch and Neshanic Station, semi-rural Branchburg Township preserves a touch of yesterday's small-village atmosphere. Industry and commerce flourish, although mass transportation opportunities are available for commuters. Careful planning and strict zoning ensure controlled growth and a pleasing mix of residential areas and business sectors. Branchburg is also characterized as a “college town,” home of Raritan Valley Community College. More than 220 acres of parks and preserves are enhanced by such recreational facilities as a nature trail, a handball court, tennis courts, an ice-skating pond, athletic fields, and picnic areas.