Trail Guides
Cape May Harbor

View from Delaware Ave., Cape May, NJ

DIRECTIONS:  Turn around and follow New England Rd. past Bayshore Rd. until it ends at CR 626/ Seashore Rd. Turn Right onto Seashore Rd., and proceed for 1.2 miles. Turn Left onto Leaming Ave., which is next after Central Ave. Follow Leaming Ave. a short distance as it turns into Elmira St. and ends at Broad St. Turn Left and follow Broad St. past the railroad station and around a sharp Right turn, to its dead end at Rt. 109/Lafayette St. Turn Left and follow Lafayette St. past the elementary school on the Left, and turn Right at the “All Traffic Turn Right” sign. Turn Left onto Washington Ave. and stay in the Right lane, following the signs for the beaches. After the bend, the road turns into Pittsburgh Ave. where you will see signs for The Nature Center of Cape May. After 0.3 miles, one block before the flashing light, turn Left onto CR 640/ Delaware Ave. The Cape May Harbor is on your Left. The Nature Center is on the Right at the corner of Brooklyn Ave.   Map
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ACCESS AND PARKING:  The Harbor is always open to the public for viewing. Street parking only.

SITE DESCRIPTION:  We recommend Cape May Harbor for wildlife viewing primarily in winter, as motorized pleasure and fishing boats, and large sail boats dominate the area in other times of year. In the colder months, with the lull in water sport activity, the harbor is home for Common and Red-throated Loons, a variety of sea ducks including Bufflehead and Long-tailed Duck, Horned Grebe, Greater Scaup, and some scattered shorebirds. Scan the north end of the harbor, near the Cold Spring Inlet, where the commercial fish docks may attract White-winged, Iceland and Glaucous Gulls among the more common Herring, Greater Black-backed, and Ring-billed Gulls. There are several sandy areas edging the Harbor, allowing for shell collecting and easy access for kayakers.

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