Rancocas State Park

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Rancocas State Park

New Jersey

(609) 726-1191

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Overview

The Rancocas Creek, within Rancocas State Park, provides an idyllic setting to observe nature up close in the rustic park. It's also full of historical and cultural destinations. Hikers, bicyclists, and joggers are welcome. A network of trails wanders through upland and lowland hardwood forest, leading hikers along the North Branch of the Rancocas Creek and an extensive freshwater tidal marsh. The diversity of the landscape provides habitat for numerous species of birds and animals. The natural area features a self-guided interpretive trail with highlighted points of interest.

The New Jersey Audubon Society operates a Nature Center within the park and sponsors varied wildlife programs. The Nature Center's entrance is off of Rancocas Road. The Powhatan Indians manages a museum and a replica of a Native American village, both designed to educate visitors on their culture. The Powhatans hold festivals in the spring and fall months that offer music, performances, and crafts.

Map of Rancocas (NJ)

Latitude, Longitude: 39.990931, -74.833546

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Activities

  • Bird Watching

    The diversity of the landscape provides habitat for numerous species of birds and animals.

  • Bicycling

    Bicyclists are welcome on a network of trails that wanders through upland and lowland hardwood forest.

  • Hiking

    A network of trails wanders through upland and lowland hardwood forest, leading hikers along the North Branch of the Rancocas Creek and an extensive freshwater tidal marsh. The diversity of the landscape provides habitat for numerous species of birds and animals. The natural area features a self-guided interpretive trail with highlighted points of interest.

  • Historic Sites

    The New Jersey Audubon Nature Center has nature trails and guided walks.

    The Powhatan Indians manages a museum and a replica of a Native American village, both designed to educate visitors on their culture. Juried American Indian Arts Festivals are held in May and October and are sponsored by the Powhatan Indians. For more information, call (609) 261-4747.

  • Picnicking

    Picnicking is welcomed in the park.

  • Wildlife Watching

    The diversity of the landscape provides habitat for numerous species of birds and animals.

Seasonality/Weather

Rancocas State Park is located within Deer Management Zone #48. Portions of the property are open to properly licensed bowhunters during fall, special permit, and winter seasons in pursuit of whitetail deer. No other game species may be taken.

Park Partners

The Powhatan Museum

The Powhatan Renape Nation's American Indian Heritage Museum offers a unique, multifaceted look at American Indian culture. Professional staff will take visitors on a guided tour of the exhibits. In addition to viewing contemporary American Indian artwork, visitors will learn about American Indian history, culture and traditions. Guided tours are geared specifically to visitors. Knowledgeable American Indian staff provides detailed and fascinating explanations of the numerous exhibits, as well as information about American Indian history.

Additionally, the New Jersey Audubon Nature Center at the park offers nature trails and guided walks. The New Jersey Audubon Society is a privately supported, not-for profit, statewide membership organization. Founded in 1897, and one of the oldest independent Audubon societies, New Jersey Audubon has no connection with the National Audubon Society. New Jersey Audubon fosters environmental awareness and a conservation ethic among New Jersey's citizens; protects New Jersey's birds, mammals, other animals, and plants, especially endangered and threatened species; and promotes preservation of New Jersey's valuable natural habitats. For more information call (908) 204-8998 or visit http://www.njaudubon.org/SectionCenters/SectionRancocas/Introduction.aspx.

(609) 261-4747

Directions

Driving

Rancocas State Park can be reached by I-295, exit 45A or via Route 38 into Mount Holly. Proceeding onto the Mount Holly bypass, make a left at the second traffic light. Follow signs to the park for about 4 miles.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(609) 726-1191

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