Trail Guides
North Branch Preserve

Pemberton Bypas, Pemberton, NJ
Phone: (609) 859-8860 ext. 17

OWNER:  Rancocas Conservancy

DIRECTIONS:  From the parking area at Stavola Beechwoods Preserve, turn Right on Hanover Street. Take the first Left onto Route 530, East Hampton Street. Continue straight through the traffic light onto Pemberton Bypass. After 1.7 miles, turn Left into the parking area just before crossing the Rancocas Creek.

DIRECTIONS FROM NEAREST HIGHWAY:  From the intersection of Route 38 and Route 206 in Pemberton, travel East on Route 38/ 530. After 2.6 miles, continue straight through the traffic light onto the Pemberton Bypass. After 1.7 miles, turn Left into the parking area just before crossing the Rancocas Creek.   Map

ACCESS AND PARKING:  Open daily from sunrise to sunset. No motor vehicles. Limited parking. Visit www.rancocasconservancy.org/preserves.html and print a trail map before visiting.

Carolina Chickadee
Carolina ChickadeeGreg Vizzi
SITE DESCRIPTION:  This site offers a well-designated path that mostly follows the creek. The path then branches to the left and leads to a pond, where a good variety of wildlife may be spotted. Expect to encounter deer, turkey, lots of songbirds and some snakes and turtles. The more adventurous may want to explore extensive areas with unmarked trails or no trails at all. Plant variety throughout the site offers endless opportunities for observation and study.

Winter:  Common mammals and a good variety of winter resident birds are likely to be foraging. Beavers are evidently using portions of the site. Whitetail Deer and Great Horned Owls are in mating season.
Spring:  Neotropical migrant birds can be found in good numbers early in the season. Reptiles and amphibians will be visible along with common species such as deer and Wild Turkey. Spring ephemeral wildflowers are blossoming. Insect repellent is recommended.
Summer:  Most of the plants are blossoming during this season. Many resident birds will be nesting and brooding. Reptiles and amphibians will be very active. The pond is bound to have a good variety of frogs, dragonflies and damselflies. Various water ducks, herons and Belted Kingfisher may be there. Insect repellent is recommended.
Fall:  Beautiful fall colors are abundant in this largely deciduous woodland. Fruits are ripening. Wildlife may be foraging actively, especially at dawn and dusk. Insect repellent is recommended.

ButterfliesFishingHiking TrailsIdeal for BeginnersMotorcoachParkingPicnicWildflowers