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Dec 11

Burlington County Parks

Posted on December 11, 2014 at 4:07 PM by Charlene Webster

Did You Know that…Burlington County features parks in all areas of the County.

Amico Island Park is a 55 Acre peninsula in Delran with 2 miles of trails. It features a diverse collection of habitats and terrain.  With upland forests, freshwater ponds and wetlands, river shoreline and meadows, visitors can enjoy hiking, biking, fishing and picnicking in a rustic natural setting at the confluence of the Rancocas Creek and Delaware River.


Boundary Creek in Mooretown is a 34-acre park with 1.3 miles of trails. It offers visitors fantastic opportunities for bird watching and wildlife viewing. Upland and lowland forests, fields, tidal wetlands, and the open water of the Rancocas Creek all overlap in this relatively small area to create a haven for all types of birds and other wildlife.  Boundary Creek was specifically designed for quiet nature study and associated passive recreation.


The Burlington County Community Agricultural Center is comprised of several facets, including a tailgate farmers market featuring Jersey Fresh produce and other products, an area for Community Gardens, Rutgers and Master Gardener display plots, as well as special events and festivals highlighting local agriculture. The primary goals of the site are to foster a public awareness and appreciation for local agriculture and to support the local agricultural economy. It also features a professional kitchen for cooking demonstrations.


County Fairgrounds is a 61-acre site available for special events. It is the home to the Burlington County Farm Fair.  The Fairgrounds feature an Equestrian Area with show rings. 


Crystal Lake Park encompasses over 370 acres and 3.2 miles of trails. Its welcomes visitors to a rugged and topographically diverse setting. With upland and lowland forests, a freshwater lake and wetlands, diverse vegetation and bird species, visitors can enjoy hiking, biking, fishing and horseback riding in a rustic natural atmosphere. The rural and rugged feeling of the park’s natural surroundings has been maintained to create a wilderness experience for all who visit.  Crystal Lake is also part of a working farm. Please respect the agricultural areas. 


Historic Smithville Park and Smith's Woods are located in Eastampton.

Historic Smithville Park is the centerpiece of the Burlington County Parks System. As the Smithville Historic District, the village is listed on the National and New Jersey Registers of Historic Places. Smithville grew from a typical, small mill operation on the Rancocas Creek to a major industrial plant employing hundreds of workers in its shops and yards from the 1860s to the 1920s. Known for its high-quality woodworking machinery, the Smithville-Mt. Holly Bicycle Railroad, and the Star high-wheeled bicycle, Smithville was also well ahead of its time in town planning, sustainability, and workers’ rights and welfare. Within its borders, it offered its residents and workers a variety of recreational, artistic and educational opportunities. Smithville was, in just about every way, a model industrial town.  There are also museums and galleries on the property and there are regularly scheduled and holiday tours available of the mansion.

This 312-acre park features a diverse collection of habitats and terrain with 4.1 miles of trails. With upland forests and meadows, freshwater streams and wetlands, creek shoreline and the 22-acre Smithville Lake, visitors can enjoy hiking, biking, fishing, canoeing and picnicking in an idyllic, natural setting.

Smith's Woods Area is on the opposite side of Smithville Rd. from the Historic District and is accessed from East Railroad Ave. This section includes picnic pavilions and picnic areas with grills, a playground, restrooms, butterfly garden, and hiking trails. 


Long Bridge Park has 115 acres with 2.55 miles of trails along the Rancocas Creek. With upland and lowland forests, a freshwater pond and wetlands, tidal marshland, Rancocas Creek shoreline, and meadows, visitors can enjoy hiking, biking, fishing and picnicking in a rustic natural setting along the Rancocas Creek. Two age-appropriate play areas and several picnic pavilions are also available in a beautifully landscaped central trailhead area.  Three group shelters/pavilions can be reserved for private use.


Palmyra Cove Nature Park is a 250 acre urban oasis along a highly developed area on the Delaware River. Habitats include wetlands, woodlands, meadows, wild creek and river shoreline, and freshwater tidal cove. Passive activities allowed along the 9.5 miles of trails include wildlife watching, hiking, fishing, cross-country skiing, and geocaching.  The Environmental Discovery Center is open to the public daily from 9am-4pm.


Pennington Park provides outdoor recreation for all to enjoy with 140 acres and 3.8 miles of trails. With views of the beautiful Rancocas Creek, the park features several habitat types including wetlands, tidal pond and marshland, creek shoreline, and meadows.  In addition to hiking, biking or rollerblading on the extensive trail network, visitors can enjoy the traditional park green and picnic areas. Two age appropriate playgrounds and several picnic shelters are available in a beautifully landscaped central trailhead area. Dog owners will enjoy two dog play areas, one for large dogs and one for small.  For gardeners, there are 120 garden plots that can be leased seasonally, including 6 accessible gardens. For information on the Community Gardens or to add your name to the waiting list please call Tim at (856) 642-3850.


The Rancocas Nature Center is situated on a 210 acre piece of the Rancocas State Park in Westampton, and features 3 miles of hiking trails through varied habitats including meadows, forest, and wetlands. The Nature Center promotes stewardship and provides environmental education and is open Tuesday-Sunday. Trails are open daily dawn to dusk. 


Rancocas State Park, bordered by the north and south branches of the Rancocas Creek, is a 560 acre portion of rustic Rancocas State Park in Hainesport. It offers a plethora of outdoor recreation opportunities for all visitors. Habitats here consist of freshwater tidal creeks and marshes as well as upland and lowland forests. Visitors can enjoy hiking, biking, horseback riding, fishing and canoeing at this hidden gem of Burlington County. There are 8.2 miles of marked trails traversing a variety of terrain and trail surfaces.


Willingboro Lakes, formerly Olympia Lakes, is an 105-acre park open for walking, fishing, and bird watching. There are no other facilities available at this time. This park will be undergoing improvements in the near future that will include an official paved parking lot, pavilions, restrooms and improved trails. There are also 4 Regional Trail segments in Burlington County: Delaware Heritage Trail, Rancocas Pointe Trail, Newton’s Landing Trail, Rancocas Canoe Trail.


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