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There are a number of easily accessible trails and parking areas within the Abbott Marshlands. Please refer to the numbered locations on the map and find their corresponding descriptions and directions below.
Please note that bicycling is allowed only on the trail around Spring Lake (1) and on the D&R Canal Tow Path Trail (7). Other trails are too fragile. The NJ Transit Light Rail station (6) provides easy access via public transportation. For Tidal Water Trail Access see Watson Woods (3) and/or Bordentown Beach(6). Motorized vehicles are not permitted on any trails.
(Hamilton Township) (get directions)
What to do: Hiking, Picnicking, Canoeing
Biking only around Spring Lake and to/from Watson Woods, Tulpehaking Nature Center.
For more information: http://www.njtrails.org/trailguide.php?TrailID=42
Additional Directions: From South Broad Street turn West onto Sewell Ave. The closest intersection to the park is Sewell and McClellan. Continue past McClellan to the end of Sewell, turn left and drive down the hill to the parking lot.
Bordentown Township (get directions)
GPS Coordinates: N40 10.276 w74 41.532
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What to do: Hiking, Picnicking
For more information: http://www.njtrails.org/trailguide.php?TrailID=43
Additional Directions: Northern Community Park is located on Groveville Road between Route 206 and Route 130. Groveville Road is accessible from northbound Route 206, and Route 130 in Bordentown Township. These are the closest major intersections.
7A. I-295 Scenic Overlook (get directions)
GPS Coordinates: N40 09.257 W74 43.049.
Additional Directions: Trails are accessible from the Scenic Overlook on the Northbound Side of I-295, north of Bordentown. From southbound I-295, park at the Scenic Overlook and cross the pedestrian bridge over the highway to the northbound parking lot. From the parking lot, take the stairs (south end of lot) or ramp leading down to the trail. Follow the trail; after a short distance it will bear to the left, eventually reaching an intersection with the tow path. Turn north (left); the trail goes north 3 miles along the D&R Canal to Canal Boulevard* near Lamberton Road. The canal here is tidal.
If you turn south (right), you will shortly reach a restored bridge over Lock 1 of the D&R Canal.
7B. Three Branch Trails can take you to the Delaware River. See Towpath Trail map. ‘Connector’ Trail is the southernmost one and takes you directly to parking at the south end of Lamberton Rd.
7C. North parking – Lamberton Road access (get directions)
GPS Coordinates: N40 11.109 W74 44.793
Additional Directions: This location is accessible from Route 129 South or Route 29.
Please walk on trails. The marsh is a fragile resource. Trampled plants may not recover.