Kid-friendly Nature Spots in South Jersey
Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Reserve
Brandon T. Byrne Forest, Woodland Twp.
For a short and easy walk, try the 1-mile Palm Pond Nature Trail. You’ll likely spot turtles, frogs, foxes and deer along the way. For a longer distance, the ADA-accessible Cranbury Trail is a 3-mile path wide and flat enough for wheelchairs and strollers. For families with ample hiking experience, the 50-mile Batona Trail snakes through the Pine Barrens.
Nature Center of Cape May, Cape May
Visitors enjoy views of land and sea atop the three-story observation deck. The wildlife habitat meadows feature wildflower fields, songbirds and a new nature trail and bridge. And hands-on kids’ activities throughout the trails are synced to what they’ll see.
Palmyra Cove Nature Park, Palmyra
Bring your toddler to the Cove Caterpillars preschool program, or get the whole gang together for monthly Family Walks that explore seasonal changes. In the nature center, see camera-monitored activity from the nesting box of state-endangered Peregrine falcons.
Rancocas Nature Center, Westampton
Three miles of trails offer up a variety of terrain, plus a dragonfly pond, picturesque gardens and a picnic area. And with live animals and natural history displays, there’s plenty to view inside the center, too.
Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Reserve, Pennington
Families can trek through wetlands, forests, meadows, streams and the 4-acre Wargo Pond. From June through October, the Kate Gorrie Butterfly House teems with colorful creatures.
Woodford Cedar Run Wildlife Refuge, Medford
With three miles of easy-to-navigate trails, the White Trail is a family favorite for its Story Walk, where visitors read a children’s book as they stroll together. At the trail’s end, see resident animals in action at the wildlife housing area.