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General Information

Dates, times, and leaders for All Things Birds field trips can be found on our Calendar of Events page.

Field trips go in any weather, usually to mid-afternoon.  Bring binoculars and scopes, where appropriate, as well as snacks and lunch, as most trips are in locations without restaurants or food stores.  Include a hat, insect repellent, rain gear,  boots, etc., depending on the season and the weather.

Index to field trip locations:

A B C D E F G H I JL M N O P Q R S T U V W X Y Z

ALLENDALE CELERY FARM

Follow the Garden State Parkway and turn onto Route 17 (north) at Exit 163.

After approximately 7 miles, take the Allendale exit.

Follow East Allendale Avenue west for 1 mile and turn right onto the Franklin Turnpike.

After approximately 0.2 miles, turn right into the parking lot.

ASSUNPINK WMA

From the north:
  follow the New Jersey Turnpike south to Exit 8, and take Rt. 33 into Hightstown.

Turn left onto Routh 539 and follow it (through several turns) to its junction with Herbert Road, about 4.75 miles further.

Turn left onto Herbert Rd., then left again on Imlaystown Rd. (about 2 miles further).

Once you are on Imlaystown Road, it is about a mile and a quarter  to the main parking lot at Lake Assunpink.

From the southwest:  exit the New Jersey Turnpike at Exit 7A (Interstate 195).

Take I-195 east  to Exit 8 (Rt. 539) -- about 2 miles.

Turn onto Rt. 539 going north.  After about 2 miles, you will reach Herbert Rd.

Turn right and proceed as described above.

From the southeast:  take the Garden State Parkway to Exit 58 (Route 539).

Get on Rt. 539 going north.  You will reach the junction with Herbert Rd. after about 45 miles.

From the east:   take the Garden State Parkway to Exit 98 and follow signs to I-195 west.

Take the interstate to Exit 11 (Imlaystown Rd.) -- about 22 miles.

Get on Imlaystown Rd. heading north.  In about 2.5 miles you will reach the parking lot at Lake Assunpink.

BALDPATE MOUNTAIN (see Sourland Mountains)

BARNEGAT BAY MARSHES

Meet the leader at the Chestnut Neck Boat Yard, 758 Old New York Road, Port Republic, NJ.

Take the first left turn off Route 9 (Old New York Road). Drive through the marina and meet by the boat launch at 7 a.m.

Drive to the far end of the service area, following signs to Jimmy Leeds Rd.

Turn right on Jimmy Leeds Rd. and take it about 0.4 miles.

Go left onto Great Creek Rd., and follow it to Route 9.

Turn left and take Route 9 north to the Chestnut Neck Boat Yard.

Drive through the marina and meet by the boat launch at 7 a.m.

BARNEGAT LIGHT/MANAHAWKIN

Trip starts at Barnegat Light and caravans to Manahawkin at the end of the day

Exit the Garden State Parkway at Exit 63 (Manahawkin), head east on Rt. 72 for 7 miles, and cross over the Barnegat Bay Bridge onto Long Beach Island.

At the third and last traffic light after crossing the bridge, turn left and head north on Long Beach Boulevard for approximately 8 miles, where you will see the lighthouse. The road name changes to Central Ave.

At the end of the road, turn left and follow the road around to the entrance to the state park on the right.

BELLEPLAIN STATE FOREST

From northern New Jersey, take the Garden State Parkway south to Exit 17.

At the stop sign, make a left turn onto Sea Isle Blvd.

Go a short distance to the 1st traffic light and make a right turn onto Rt. 9 north.

Take Route 9 north a short distance to Route 550 (Woodbine-Ocean View Road).

Make a left onto Route 550 west and go approximately six miles into the town of Woodbine.

Continue on Rt. 550 west through town (turning left at Washington Avenue and right at Webster Street).

In about a mile you should see signs for the Belleplain State Forest headquarters on the left. Turn here and go to the Headquarters building, where we will meet. There are restrooms and a park map here.

BIG BROOK COUNTY PARK

Take Route 520 west from Holmdel – through the intersection with Route 34.

Continue west on 520 through the traffic light at the top of the hill at Conover Road and Boundary Road. 

Approximately 0.5 miles after the light, turn left at a sign for the YWCA day camp (formerly Camp Arrowhead).   (You will pass the former Marlboro Psychiatric Hospital is on the right about 200 yards before the turn.)

Shortlyyou turn into the driveway, you will see a fenced dirt parking area on the right.  Park here.

Trail access is down the hill to the right of the driveway, where there is a gate.

PLEASE NOTE:

* There are no restrooms at Big Brook.

* There will be lots of walking involved, both on hard pavement and on the edges of overgrown fields that may be wet.  Rain pants and sturdy, water-resistant hiking boots are recommended.

BOMBAY HOOK WEEKEND

Friday & Saturday August 17 and 18, 2012

Anchored in Dover, Delaware this trip explores one of the east coast’s top shorebirding sites over two days.  This trip offers an excellent opportunity to study a wide variety of shorebirds, herons, and terns.  Mixed species flocks of shorebirds—often at close range, provide participants with a chance to learn subtleties of sandpiper identification.  Bombay Hook received its name from the corruption of the Dutch “Bompies Hoeck” meaning “little tree point.”  Today, the National Wildlife Refuge encompasses 15,978 acres.  The refuge has one of the largest expanses of nearly unaltered salt marsh in the mid-Atlantic and over 1,100 acres of freshwater impoundments.  We’ll complement our tour with visits to other noteworthy sites that may include Little Creek WMA, Port Mahon, and Woodland Beach WMA, dependent current water levels.  Although no two years are the same, this trip usually records 20+ species of shorebirds, large numbers of long-legged waders, and other surprises.  Species we should encounter include American Avocet, Black-necked Stilt, Western Sandpiper, Stilt Sandpiper, Long-billed Dowitcher, Caspian and Black Terns.  The area is a magnet for rare birds as well, with past trips recording goodies like White Ibis, White-faced Ibis, Hudsonian Godwit, Curlew Sandpiper, Red-necked Phalarope, Scissor-tailed Flycatcher, and Sedge Wren.

Trip begins at 9:00 am and ends at 4 pm on Friday.  Saturday trip begins at 9:00 am and ends at 2:30 pm.  Meet at Bombay Hook NWR headquarters/visitor center (address is 2591 Whitehall Neck Rd, Smyrna DE 19977).
Leaders are Scott Barnes and Linda Mack
Cost for one day: $40 NJ Audubon members, $50 non-members
Cost for both days: $75 members, $85 non-members
The above cost does not include transportation, food, or lodging.  Overnight accommodations are available in Dover and Smyrna.  

To register for the trip, please call Plainsboro Preserve at 609-897-9400 or email plainsboro@njaudubon.org to register.

For specific questions about the trip, please contact Scott Barnes at 609-987-9400 or email scott.barnes@njaudubon.org



Directions:


Take the NJ Turnpike south across the Delaware Memorial Bridge.

Continue I-95 South into Delaware to Route 1 South (Christiana exit).

Take Route 1 (toll road $1) to Exit 114 (Route 13 North to Smyrna; turn right at the end of the exit ramp.)

Turn right at the next light onto Route 12 East (Smyrna-Leipsic Road).

Stay on Route 12 (approximately 5 miles) until it merges with Route 9.

Go approximately one quarter of a mile on Route 9 and take the first left, onto Whitehall Neck Rd . (brown sign on right).

Whitehall Neck Rd. will deadend on Bombay Hook NWR.   Follow this road to the refuge headquarters, the meeting point for the field trip on both Friday and Saturday (9:30 a.m.).

Motels:

Participants need to make their own motel reservations.  It is advisable to do this very early, as rooms can fill up quickly in the Dover, DE area.
 

Motel Phone Approx. Rate AAA Rating
Comfort Inn 302-674-3300

Comfort Suites 302-736-1204

Days Inn 302-674-8002

Fairfield Inn 302-677-0900

Hampton Inn 302-736-3500

Holiday Inn Express 302-678-0600

Sheraton Dover Hotel 302-678-8500

CHESTNUT BRANCH PARK

Take I-295 to Exit 21. Take Delaware Street (County Road 534 ) into Woodbury to Route 45 (Broad StTurn right onto Route 45 and go 4.2 miles to Route 553 Alt (Main St). Go south on Route 533 Alt. for 1.6 miles to the park entrance on your left. There are several large parking areas. Go into the first lot on your right (“Lot #1”), and drive to its far left corner. Continue through Lot #3 and ahead to an unpaved parking area, where the group will meet

References: DeLorme NJ Atlas, Page 54; Nature Places of Gloucester County, NJ, Page 51.

Leader: Lloyd Shaw. 856-986-0681

COLD BROOK RESERVE

Cold Brook Reserve, located in Tewksbury Township,  is open from sunrise to sunset. Please note that there are no restroom facilities at this park.

Directions from the Clinton area:  Take Interstate 78 east to Exit 24, Oldwick/Whitehouse.

Proceed north from this exit on Route 523 towards Oldwick.

Continue straight on Route 517 when Route 523 turns to the right.

After passing through the center of Oldwick, you will see the park entrance on the left.

Meet at the gravel parking lot located on the right side of the driveway.

CUMBERLAND COUNTY

The meeting place will be the parking lot of the Wawa in Millville, which is located on Route 49, just 0.3 miles west of Exit 24 off of Route 55.

To reach this point, take the Garden State Parkway, and get on the Atlantic City Expressway heading toward Philadelphia.

Exit onto Route 54, and take it south to Route US40, and then cross 40, where the extension of Route 54 becomes County Road 619.

Lincoln Avenue forks off to the left shortly. Follow Lincoln Ave. to Route 55.

Take 55 to Exit 24, and head west on route 49 to the Wawa store.

NOTE: If anyone from the north wishes to carpool with the leader, Susan Phelon, they can meet her at 6:00am at the commuter parking lot at Exit 105 from the Garden State Parkway in Eatontown.

DEEP CUT GARDENS

NOTE: Internet maps and printed maps may not reflect the recent road changes near the intersection of Red Hill Rd. and the Garden State Parkway!

Take the Garden State Parkway to Exit 114.

If you are coming from the North, turn left at the light at the end of the exit ramp. Go to the next light (across the Parkway, where the exit for the northbound lanes is). After this light, there will be signs guiding you to take the next turn right for "North Red Hill Rd."

If you are coming from the South, turn right at the light at the end of the exit ramp. Immediately after this turn you will see the signs guiding you to the right turn for "North Red Hill Rd."

Almost immediately after turning right, you will see a sign to take the street on the left -- this is now the beginning of Red Hill Road going North.

Deep Cut Gardens are on the right 1.3 miles beyond this point.

DOUBLE TROUBLE STATE PARK (OCEAN COUNTY)

From the north:

Take the Garden State Parkway south to Exit 77.

At the end of the exit ramp, turn left.

Travel south on Double Trouble Road to a traffic signal.

The Park entrance is straight ahead across Pinewald Keswick Road.

From the south:

Take the Garden State Parkway north to Exit 77.

At the end of the exit ramp, turn left.

Travel 1/4 mile to the Park entrance on the left.

ELEPHANT SWAMP TRAIL, ELK TWP., GLOUCESTER COUNTY

Meet in the trail parking lot on Route 538 for a  4-5 mile walk along the straight, flat trail in search of breeding passerines such as Kentucky Warbler, Prothonatory Warbler, Acadian Flycatcher, Blue-winged Warbler, Prairie Warbler, Scarlet Tanager, Indigo Bunting, Great Crested Flycatcher, etc.  NOTE: natural facilities only.  This is a swampy area, so be prepared for insects.

Directions:

From 295 (Camden and north):

Take I-295 south to Route 42 (North-South Freeway) south toward Atlantic City approximately 2 miles to Route 55. 

Take 55 South to Exit 45 - County Road 553 (Centerton-Glassboro Road).  Proceed south approximately ½ mile to County Road 538 (Franklinville-Swedesboro Road) and turn right.

Proceed approximately 1.5 miles to a small parking lot on your left with a sign --- immediately before and alongside an old railroad bed, which is the trail.

From Garden State Parkway:

Take Exit 36 for Route 322 & 40 West (which are the same for about 4-5 miles) until roads splits.

Take Route 40 West. 

One mile after crossing Route 55, turn right onto County Road 667 (Aura Road).

Go approximately 3.5 miles to County Road 538 (Franklinville-Swedesboro Road) and turn left.

Proceed approximately 1.5+ miles to a small parking lot on your left with a sign -- immediately before and alongside an old railroad bed, which is the trail.

Alternate Directions from Gloucester and Salem Counties:

Take 295 to Exit 10 (Center Square Road). 

Go east approximately 2 miles to Kings Highway and turn left.

Go approximately 1 mile into Swedesboro and turn right on County Road 538.

Go east approximately 9-10 miles to parking lot on your right.

FORSYTHE (BRIGANTINE) National Wildlife Refuge

From the north: take the Garden State Parkway south to Exit 48.

Proceed south on Route 9 for approximately 6 miles (through Smithville and past a strip mall on the left) to a traffic light in Oceanville by the post office. Look for a refuge sign.

Turn left on Great Creek Road and proceed to the refuge parking lot. We meet outside the restrooms and sightings book building.

From the south: take the Garden State Parkway north, exiting at the Atlantic City Service Area at Mile 42.

Drive to the far end of the service area, following signs to Jimmy Leeds Rd.

Turn right on Jimmy Leeds Rd. and take it about 0.4 miles.

Go left onto Great Creek Rd., and follow it several miles to the refuge entrance.

FRANKLIN PARKER PRESERVE (PINE BARRENS)

Meet behind the Chatsworth fire house, which is at the intersection of routes 532 and 563 in Chatsworth.

From Route 72 southeast of the Four Mile traffic circle where Rt 72 meets Rt 70, take 72 southeast to Route 563. Turn right on Route 563, and drive 3.8 miles south to Chatsworth; fire house is located on right at intersection with Rt 532. Park in back of fire house in unpaved parking area.

Bring knee-high rubber boots if you have them. And bring all the food and water you will need for a trip running to about 3 p.m., as there are no local stores.

Rick Radis

973.586.0845 (H)

973.479.4807 (cell)

isotria@verizon.net

GARRET MOUNTAIN/RIFLE CAMP PARK

NOTE:  The name of the town in which this site is located has changed from "West Paterson" to "Woodland Park."

Take the Garden State Parkway north to Exit 155P, which is a left exit.

Proceed north (stay straight) on Route 19 for about 2 miles to I-80, following signs for I-80 west.

Take I-80 west for about one mile to the Squirrelwood Road, Exit 56.

Follow signs for Squirrelwood Road, Woodland Park. You want to take the ramp over the interstate to the south side of I-80.

Once you're on the south side of I-80 on Squirrelwood Road, proceed 1.2 miles.

A landmark is a Sunoco gas station on the right. As soon as you reach the gas station, look to your left for the second driveway immediately after passing the gas station. Turn left there for Rifle Camp Park.

Proceed up the hill for about a 1/4 mile to the theater parking lot on the right. (There is a sign for it.) We meet here in the parking lot, near the restrooms.

GLASSBORO WILDLIFE MANAGEMENT AREA

Although there are four entrances to the WMA, the most accessible is the western entrance off Rt. 47 at Carpenter Ave., a good dirt road that bisects the tract. To reach this entrance:

From northern New Jersey, take the New Jersey Turnpike south to Exit 3 (Camden). Stay left after going through the tollbooth and merge onto Rt. 168 South (Black Horse Pike). Go about 0.9 miles to Rt. 41 and turn right. Follow Rt. 41 south for 5 miles to Rt. 47, then continue straight ahead on Rt. 47. After 5.8 miles you will pass the turnoff for U.S. 322 West. From here it is about 1.2 miles to Stanger Ave. on the left, one of the entrances to the woods. If you continue past Stanger 0.5 miles, you will come to a dirt road on the left with a red gas pipeline marker on the corner. This is Carpenter Ave.; the Gloucester County Road Department is just beyond it on the right. [DeLorme 62, C-9]

Alternatively, take I-295 to Exit 26 (Rt. 42, the North-South Freeway), follow Rt. 42 for about 1.7 miles, and exit onto Rt. 55 South. Go about 10 miles to Exit 56 (US 322) and take US 322 East for 3 miles to the junction with Rt. 47. Turn right onto Rt. 47 and drive 1.7 miles to Carpenter Ave.

From coastal New Jersey, take the Atlantic City Expressway north to Exit 38 (Sicklerville). Turn left onto Sicklerville Rd. (Spur Rt. 536), and go about 2 miles to US 322. Turn right onto US 322 West and go 7 miles to the intersection with Rt. 47 in Glassboro. Carpenter Ave. is 1.7 miles south (left) on Rt. 47.

GREAT PIECE MEADOWS

Meet in the Levitz parking lot on Route 46 in Fairfield, Essex County.

Directions:

From the south, take the Garden State Parkway north.

To get on Route 46 going west, you exit the GSP at Exit 153B (Route 3), which will take you to 46.

Take Route 46 west, watching for the LEVITZ sign in big red letters. It is just before the Fairfield Road exit in Fairfield, Essex County.

(Do NOT take the "Fairfield Road, Wayne" exit near the Willowbrook Mall; instead, continue west past this until you find the Levitz parking lot.)

GREAT SWAMP NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE

Meet at the large parking lot on Long Hill Rd. by the boardwalks (Wildlife Observation Center).

Take I-287 to Exit 30A (N. Maple Ave., Basking Ridge).

 Follow N. Maple Ave. for 0.5 miles to the first traffic light.

Turn left onto Madisonville Rd. and go 2.7 miles.  (The name changes to Lee's Hill Rd. when you cross a bridge.)

At the bottom of a steep hill, turn right onto Long Hill Rd. (opposite the Harding Township School), and proceed 2.2 miles to the NWR entrance (a long dirt road) and parking lot on the right.  Look for NWR signs.

If you come to Whitebridge Road, you have gone too far.

HARTSHORNE WOODS

From the north:

Take the Garden State Parkway to Exit 117 (Keyport, Route 36).

Go east on Route 36 through Atlantic Highlands and Highlands.

As you approach the Highlands-Seabright Bridge look for a restaurant on the right called “Off The Hook”; just past this make a right (the last turn before the bridge) onto Portland Road.

Follow Portland Road past some houses, around a right-hand curve and through a forested area to the parking area at the Rocky Point Section of Hartshorne Woods.   Note that the meeting location is near Henry Hudson High School & Twin Lights, not on Navesink Ave., (the main parking lot).

From the south on Route 36:

Follow Route 36 across the new bridge at the base of Sandy Hook, getting into the right-hand lane.

Take the first right, marked "Bay Ave."

In one block, turn right and pass under the  bridge, and then  immediately turn right again.

Go one block and turn left onto Portland Street at the stop sign.

Continue on Portland Street to the park.

HIGH POINT STATE PARK

Take Route 23 north to High Point State Park.

High Point SP is 21 miles beyond Rt. 515, 12 miles beyond Rt. 94 in Hamburg, and 8 miles beyond the center of the town of Sussex.

High Point SP is at the highest point on Rt. 23. You will proceed up a steep hill beginning in Colesville.

At the crest of the hill, on the right is the entrance to the state park and on the left is the park visitor center.

Turn left into the visitor center parking lot. Use the small duck pond in front of the parking lot of the visitor center as a landmark.

If you start to descend the hill on the other side you have gone too far.

HIGHLANDS - MAHLON DICKERSON RESERVATION

Meet at the Saffin Pond parking lot.

From Interstate 80, go north on Route 15 about 5 miles to Weldon Road.  

Exit on Weldon Road going towards Milton (Northeast).  

Continue on Weldon Road approximately 3 miles to a parking lot on the right hand side of the road.  This is the parking lot for Saffin Pond/Weldon Brook Lake .  (It's labeled "Weldon Brook Lake" on Google Maps. ) 

We will meet in the parking lot at 7:15 am and car caravan from there to other spots in Mahlon Dickerson and Weldon Brook.

HOLMDEL PARK

Meet at the Holmdel Park shelter building at Longstreet Farm, Longstreet Road, Holmdel. The nearest Garden State Parkway exit is #114.

HUNTERDON COUNTY - HOLLAND TOWNSHIP

Meet in Milford, NJ, at the municipal parking lot near the corner of Route 519 and Bridge Street.

Directions:

From Route 78 westbound, take Exit 11, Pattenburg. Use caution; this is a tricky exit.

Follow the signs for Pattenburg around the circle to the left and across Route 78, bearing right after crossing the highway onto County Route 614.

Proceed on Route 614 through Pattenburg, uphill, through a four-way stop sign and down a hill into Little York.

In Little York, turn left to stay on 614 and follow it to the stop sign at Route 519.

Turn left on Route 519 and follow it south to the traffic light at Bridge Street in Milford.

There are a Presbyterian Church and a Post Office at this corner.   The municipal parking lot where we meet is next to the church (across from the Post Office).

ISLAND BEACH STATE PARK

Take the Garden State Parkway to Exit 82 and proceed east on Route 37 for 7 miles.

Follow exit signs for Island Beach SP and go south for about 2.5 miles to the park entrance.

Meet at the parking area in the road median just before the entrance to the park.

JOHNSON AND DE LEA SOD FARMS

See SALEM COUNTY - Pedricktown for meeting place.

LAKEHURST NAVAL AIR ENGINEERING STATION

We will meet in the parking lot of the Cathedral of the Air near the gate to the naval base.

****DUE TO MILITARY RESTRICTIONS AND THE SIZE OF OUR GROUP, CARPOOLING WILL BE ABSOLUTELY NECESSARY INSIDE THE NAVAL BASE. Bring a photo ID; drivers must also have registration and insurance cards with them.****

WHAT TO BRING: optics (scopes are useful for distant sparrows here) lunch, plenty of fluids, hat, sunscreen, insect repellant.

From the North:

Take the N.J. Turnpike to the Garden State Parkway South.

Leave the GSP at Exit 88 (Route 70 West

Take  Route 70 West for about 9 miles.  (You will pass Route 9 along the way.

About a half mile past the point where Route 37 merges (from the left) with Route 70, you will come to a McDonalds on the left and a diner on the right.

Turn right here onto Route 547.  The road quickly forks, so stay left on 547.

In less than a 1/4 mile on the left you will see the large parking lot for the Cathedral of the Air

From the South:

Leave the Garden State Parkway at Exit 82 onto Route 37 West.

Turn right on Route 547 and follow the instructions above.

LIBERTY STATE PARK


From the West:   Take Rt. 78 East (It turns into the NJ Turnpike extension.) to Exit 14B.

After the tollbooth, turn left onto Bayview Avenue.

After approximately 300 yards, stay to the right on a small circle. (The road is called Morris Pesin Drive.) 

Continue for less than 0.5 miles and turn into the parking lot on the right. 

(Do NOT turn left onto Freedom Way.  Stay straight on Morris Pesin Drive to the end by the Visitor’s Center and park in the last lot.)


From the North or South:   Follow the NJ Turnpike to Exit 14 and follow the NJ Turnpike extension as described above.

MAHLON DICKERSON RESERVATION  See Highlands

MANAHAWKIN

Meet at the parking lot of the Value City furniture store in Manahawkin.  Address: 712 East Bay Avenue.

Directions:

Take the Garden State Parkway to Exit 63.

Merge onto Route 72.

Take the US Route 9 ramp toward Manahawkin/Business District.  Turn right onto Route 9.

Turn right onto East Bay Avenue (NJ Route 180).

MEADOWLANDS

Meet at DeKorte Environmental Center.

Take Exit 16W off the NJ Turnpike (Secaucus & Rutherford).

Follow Route 3 west to Route 17 south (about 1.5 miles). Turn onto the Route 17 south ramp.

The ramp will cross back over Route 3 and come to a traffic light (Polito Ave.). There will be a sign directing you to De Korte.

Turn left; then go to Valley Brook Rd. and turn left again.

The parking lot for the De Korte Center and the Hackensack Meadowlands Development Commission (HMDC) is about 1.75 miles further along Valley Brook Road.

Once there, park in the southeast corner of the lot (beyond the building).

MERRILL CREEK RESERVOIR - HAWKWATCH SITE

This location is the Scott's Mountain hawk-watch site at the Overlook parking area on Fox Farm Road.

DIRECTIONS:

Get on Interstate 78 heading west.

Take I-78 west to Exit 3, the last exit in New Jersey.

Proceed on US Route 22 for 1.1 miles to the traffic light at Route 519 and turn right (north).

Proceed 2.2 miles north on Route 519,  crossing Route 57, and turn right onto Fox Farm Road at the small sign for Merrill Creek Reservoir.

Go 2.6 miles, bearing right at the fork after one mile, to the entrance to
the parking lot, on the right.

MERRILL CREEK RESERVOIR - VISITOR CENTER 

Merrill Creek Reservoir is in the northwestern part of the state, close to the Pennsylvania border.

Follow Interstate 78 to Exit 4 and take Route 637 North.

After less than 2 miles, turn right onto Route 638 and follow this until you reach Route 57 (approx. 2.5 miles).

Cross Route 57 and follow Montana Road.

After approximately 2 miles you reach a fork in the road. Bear left.

After 0.3 miles, turn left onto Merrill Creek Road and follow signs for the Visitor Center.

MONMOUTH BEACH CULTURAL CENTER

The center is located at 128 Ocean Avenue, Monmouth Beach, New Jersey 07750.

From the South: take the Garden State Parkway, getting off at Exit 105.

Head east on NJ Route 36 to Ocean Boulevard in Long Branch (approx. 5 miles).

Continuuing on Rt. 36, turn left (north) and follow Ocean Blvd. to the Center (approx. 3 miles) on left or west side of Ocean Avenue (NJ Hwy. 36).

From the North: take The Garden State Parkway, getting off at Exit 117.

Head east on NJ Rt. 36 to Ocean Avenue in Monmouth Beach (approx. 15 miles), to the Center, on right or west side of Ocean Avenue just past the southern border of Sea Bright.

From the West: take NJ Route 18 to the Eatontown Exit.

Head east on NJ Route 36 to Ocean Boulevard in Long Branch (approx. 5 miles).

Continuuing on Route 36, turn left (north) and follow to Center (approx. 3 miles) on left or west side of Ocean Avenue (NJ Hwy. 36).

NEW BROOKLYN COUNTY PARK

New Brooklyn County Park  is located in Winslow Township, Camden County,  between New Freedom and New Brooklyn Roads, north of the Atlantic City Expressway, east of Rt. 536.  The trip is along the Great Egg Harbor River, and should produce breeding passerines such as Louisiana Waterthrush, Prothonatory Warbler, Blue-winged Warbler, Acadian Flycatcher, Scarlet Tanager, Indigo Bunting, etc.

Directions:

Take the New Jersey Turnpike to Exit 3:  Black Horse Pike (Route 168) in Runnemede.
OR, take I-295 to Exit 28 and get on Route 168 (Black Horse Pike) heading south.

Continue on Route 168 when it turns into Route 42.

Take Route 42 approximately 5 miles to Route 536 (Williamsbown-New Freedom Road).  Turn left here.

Go about 3 miles to Route 706 (New Brooklyn - Blackwood Road) and turn right.

The parking area where the trip will begin is 1/4 to 1/2 miles ahead on the left.

NOTE:  Use public conveniences prior to arrival at the park, where facilities may be at most a "port-a-pot."
The trip will be largely on foot, and will last till early afternoon if weather (and bugs) permit.

NORTH SHORE/MANASQUAN INLET

Take the Garden State Parkway to Exit 98, and get on Rt. 34 South until it merges with Rt. 35 (approx. 4 miles).

Continue south on Rt. 35 and cross the Manasquan River Bridge.

After the bridge, stay in the left lane, and then take the first left and U-turn onto Rt. 35 North.

Take the first right onto Broadway. (There is a boat dealership on your left as you make the turn.)

Continue on Broadway until you cross a small bridge and come to a stop sign.

Go straight after the stop sign, and park in the angled parking on both sides of the street.

OLD MINE ROAD

Meet at the parking lot, Kittatinny Point Visitor Center, Delaware Water Gap NRA.

DIRECTIONS: Travel west on Interstate 80, exiting at Exit 1 (Old Mine Road exit – the last exit in New Jersey). Turn left at the bottom of the exit ramp and follow the road to the Visitor Center.

PALMYRA COVE NATURE PARK

The park is located at the base of the Tacony-Palmyra Bridge, which crosses the Delaware River from Burlington County, NJ, to the Philadelphia area.

From Central New Jersey:  Take the Garden State Parkway to Exit 98.  Follow signs to get on Interstate 195 heading West.

Take I-195 west to the NJ Turnpike.

Get on the NJ Turnpike heading south.

After approximately 25 miles, leave the turnpike at Exit 4, getting on Route 73 heading north towards the Tacony-Palmyra bridge.

Just before the bridge at the last traffic light (about 5 miles after getting on Route 73), make a right turn onto Souder Street.

Shortly thereafter (approximately 300 yards), turn left onto Temple Boulevard.

The entrance to the Bridge Authority parking lot is on the right.

After entering this lot, proceed past the buildings and follow a dirt road to the river.

The group will meet at a parking lot on the right.

PERRINEVILLE LAKE PARK

Perrineville Lake Park is located on Perrineville Road/Sweetmans Lane (County Route 1) in Millstone Township.

Directions:

From the Garden State Parkway or the NJ Turnpike, take Interstate 195 to Exit 16 (Route 537, Freehold).

Go east on Rt. 537 for a half mile to Route 571.

Turn left (north) onto Millstone Road (Rt. 571) and proceed north 3 1/2 miles to the intersection of Millstone Road and Perrineville Road/Sweetman's Lane.

Turn left and head west.  Continue past the lake, and turn left onto Agress Road.

The parking lot where the group will meet is on the left.

PINE BARRENS (WARREN GROVE) 

Meet at Lucille's Country Cooking on Route 539 in Warren Grove, NJ.

This may be reached via the Garden State Parkway, Exit 58. Go north on 539 to Warren Grove.

Or: From the Garden State Parkway, take Exit 88 to Route 70 west. Go through Lakehurst. Take 539 south (a left turn) at Whiting, south to Warren Grove.

Or: From Interstate 195 east or west, take 539 south. You will pass through Allentown. Continue south to Warren Grove.

NOTE: Knee-high rubber boots should be brought by those who wish to explore Webbs Mills away from the boardwalk.

In case of problems finding the meeting location, or if the group has already left when you reach Lucille's, call the leader Rick Radis at 973-479-4807.

RARITAN BAY

Raritan Bay is a vitally important wintering and staging area for Greater Scaup, Com. Goldeneye, Oldsquaw, Red-breasted Merganser, Am. Black Duck, Bufflehead, and both Cormorant species.  Breeding species on the bayshore include Am. Oystercatcher, Black and Yellow-crowned Night-Herons, Least Bittern, Virginia and Clapper Rails, Green Heron, Seaside and Salt Marsh Sharp-tailed Sparrows, Marsh Wren, and Boat-tailed Grackle.

Directions: From the Garden State Parkway Exit 117, take Rte. 36 east to Atlantic Highlands. 

Follow the signs for the Marina/Municipal Harbor/Yacht Club at the foot of  First Avenue.  The jug handle of take off of Rte. 36 is on the right after the traffic light just past a large Foodtown store. 

Go straight ahead after the jug handle about 5 or 6 blocks to the waterfront.  

Park on the left in the gravel parking area --  don’t go into the boat basin to the right. 

We’ll bird there at the old jetty, and then head west along Raritan Bay via Rtes. 36 and 35, stopping at Leonardo, Keansburg, Union Beach, Keyport, Aberdeen, and South Amboy for waterfowl, gulls, early migrants.

Restrooms and coffee are available at the meeting place.

RED BANK BATTLEFIELD PARK

The park is located at 100 Hessian Avenue, National Park, NJ 08063 (856) 853-5120

Directions:

Access I-295 from the north or south.

Take Exit 22, County Road 644 JCT toward WOODBURY/RED BANK.

Take the County Road 644 ramp toward RED BANK.

Turn slightly right onto Red Bank Ave. (CR 644)

Turn slightly left onto Hessian Ave. (County Road 642) and proceed for 1.2 miles.

End at 100 Hessian Avenue, National Park, NJ 08063.

ROUND VALLEY RESERVOIR

Meet at the parking area of the northern boat launch area, just off County Road 629.

SALEM COUNTRY - PEDRICKTOWN

From northern New Jersey, take the NJ Turnpike south to Exit 2 (Swedesboro).

Go west on U.S. Rt. 322 about 4 miles and get onto I-295 heading south.

Take I-295 about 1.6 miles to Exit 10 (Center Square Rd.)

Go west (a right turn) on Center Square Rd.

The first crossroads (about a mile down Center Square Rd.) is Pedricktown Road. (The sign may be missing.)

Turn left here, and proceed about a mile to the marsh. Park off the road just before you cross the causeway over the marsh (at the east end of the causeway). Do NOT park on the causeway itself.

From the Philadelphia area, take either I-76 or I-676 to I-295, and get on I-295 going south. Then pick up the instructions in the third paragraph above.

From southern NJ, take the Atlantic City Expressway west, and get on I-295 going south. Then pick up the instructions in the third paragraph above.

SANDY HOOK

From the North: Take the Garden State Parkway to Exit 117 and proceed on Route 36 South for 13 miles to the entrance to Sandy Hook - Gateway National Recreation Area

From the South: Take the Garden State Parkway to Exit 105 and proceed on Route 36 North.

The road will take you in an easterly direction until you reach Ocean Avenue, where you and Route 36 North both make a left turn.

Proceed north on Ocean Avenue for 5.5 miles to the entrance to Sandy Hook - Gateway National Recreation Area

Once you reach the park: Proceed straight into the park on Hartshorne Drive. A fee is charged for parking in beach access lots from 7 AM to 4 PM, Memorial Day through Labor Day. Tell the toll booth attendant that you are birding and not parking in beach access lots, and they will waive the entrance fee. The only free parking areas are the Visitor Center, Horseshoe Cove (both lots), Guardian Park, and Fort Hancock.

Most trips at Sandy Hook begin at the Bayberry Parking Lot, the first major beach parking lot  on the right beyond the toll/entrance booth area.

For trips that meet in the parking lot of the Gateway Visitor Center, proceed about 2 miles north of Bayberry.

For Guardian Park, you will continue north 2.5 miles, passing the Ranger Station (the only building in the center island of the road).

After another 1.2 miles, bear left along the bay (west) side as Atlantic Drive forks right on the east side heading to the beaches.

Continue north on Hartshorne Drive for another 0.8 miles, bearing right at a fork. You will see the model rocket in Guardian Park in front of you. Shortly after the right turn, turn left into Parking Lot M (Guardian Park).

SHARK RIVER ESTUARY

Meet at the Belmar Marina.

From North: Take the Garden State Parkway south to Exit 98.

 Take Route 138 east to end. Stay left to Rt. 35 North. 

 Go north on Route 35 approximately 1/2 mile to 10th Ave. Make a left turn at 10th Ave. into the marina.

From South: Take the NJ Turnpike North to I-195 East.

Take I-195 East to the end.

Stay left to Route 35 North.

Go north on Route 35 approximately 1/2 mile to 10th Ave.

 Make a left turn at 10th Ave. into the marina.

 

SHAWANGUNK GRASSLANDS NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE

Take Interstate 287 North to Interstate 87 North (New York State Thruway) to exit 17.

Take Interstate 84 West to exit #5.

Take State Rt. 208 North until you enter Village of Walden.

At the stop light, turn right, continuing north on State Rt. 208 to the Hamlet of Wallkill in UlsterCounty.

At the stop sign, turn left on Wallkill Avenue.

Travel for 0.2 mile and turn left on Bruyn Turnpike / County Rt. 18 (Post Office on corner).

At the stop sign, continue straight on Bruyn Turnpike.

Travel for 1.4 miles and  turn right on Hoagerburgh Road.

Travel for 1.5 miles, passing Blue Chip Farm, and turn right into Shawangunk Grasslands National Wildlife Refuge, proceeding down the dirt road to the new parking lot at the edge of the grasslands.

 SOURLAND MOUNTAINS  (aka Baldpate Mountain, Ted Stiles Nature Preserve)

Meet in the  parking lot on Fiddler's Creek Rd. in Titusville.   Fiddler's Creek Rd. is off of Route 29 approximately 5 miles north of Trenton and 3 miles south of Lambertville.  There is a large gravel parking lot about 750 ft. up Fiddler's Creek Rd. on the left from the intersection with Route 29. It is well-signed as Mercer County Park property. 

 If coming from the Monmouth County Area, taking Route 1 to I-95 and then taking the exit for route 29/River Road before crossing into PA would be best. 

 If you enter "Fiddlers Creek Rd, Titusville, NJ 08560" as your destination in Google maps, it will direct to you to the proper road; then see above to find the parking lot.


STOKES STATE FOREST

Meet at the main office of Stokes State Forest, which is on Route 206 in Sussex County, approximately 8 miles north of the intersection of 206 and Route 94/Route 15.

As you are heading up 206, you'll pass Culver's lake on your right. The turn for the main office is on the right and is well marked.

Address:
1 Coursen Road
Branchville, NJ 07826

SUNRISE MOUNTAIN

 

Sunrise Mountain Hawk Watch: Stokes State Forest

From the south east: Take Route 80 west, and exit for Route 15 north. Go through the town of Lafayette. At the intersection with Route 206 go straight through the traffic light.  (You are now on Route 206 north) Proceed about 6 miles.  Culvers Lake is the big lake on your right at the bend in the road. Go past Culvers Lake. Go past Lower North Shore Road on your right. Turn right on Upper North Shore Road. Turn left onto Sunrise Mountain Road and into Stokes State Forest. Proceed until the road forks, then take the right fork until it ends at the Sunrise Mountain parking lot.  ONCE AT THE PARKING AREA, follow the Appalachian Trail (white blazes) south from the parking lot a short distance, up a rise, to a Pavilion.  Hawk watching is done from the south side of the pavilion.

 From the south or west, take 206 north from Route 80.  Route 206 turns left at a traffic light north of Newton. Go past Culvers Lake. Go past Lower North Shore Road on your right. Turn right on Upper North Shore Road. Turn left onto Sunrise Mountain Road and into Stokes State Forest. Proceed until the road forks, then take the right fork until it ends at the Sunrise Mountain parking lot.  ONCE AT THE PARKING AREA, follow the Appalachian Trail (white blazes) south from the parking lot a short distance, up a rise, to a Pavilion.  Hawk watching is done from the south side of the pavilion.

 

SUPAWNA MEADOWS NWR

Supawna Meadows NWR is located approximately 35 miles south of Philadelphia,  PA, in Pennsville, New Jersey.

From Interstate 295:  take Exit 1 for Route 49 south.

Go south on Rt. 49 approximately 4 miles to Fort Mott Road (County Road 630).

Take Fort Mott Rd. south approximately 2 miles to Lighthouse Road (Country Road 632) on your left.

The parking lot is about a quarter mile ahead on your right.

TRENTON MARSH

The Trenton Marsh is located near the Delaware River where I-195, I-295, and Route 206 converge.  The turn for the parking area (Sewall Avenue) is marked by a sign on Route 206.

TURKEY SWAMP PARK

Turkey Swamp Park is located at 200 Georgia Road in Freehold Township.

From Route 9 in Freehold, take County Road 524 west at the Golden Bell Diner.

Continue west on 524 past Freehold Regional High School.

Turn left at the light for Georgia Road.

Continue on Georgia Road for approximately 1.7 miles to the main entrance of the park on the right.

Once in the park, continue to the Oak Point Parking Area, where there is a shelter building and campground office. We will meet just outside the shelter building.

WALLKILL RIVER NATIONAL WILDLIFE REFUGE

Meet at Wallkill River National Wildlife Refuge Headquarters.

Take I-287 north to Route 23 north.

Proceed north on Route 23 for approximately 25 miles to the Sussex Queen Diner, at the intersection of Route 23 and Route 565 North (with traffic light).

Turn right onto Rt. 565 North and follow this for approximately one mile, where you will see the refuge headquarters on your left.

Turn left into the parking lot and park close to the bathrooms.

WARREN GROVE (PINE BARRENS) See Pine Barrens (Warren Grove)