|Avis Mill Road, Pilesgrove, NJ
Phone: (856) 935-7510, ext 8223
Turn Right out of the lot onto
S. Main Street and veer Left at the split
continuing along Main Street. After 1 mile, veer Left again onto CR 615/Woodstown-Daretown Rd. Travel 1.5 miles and turn Left onto Avis Mill Rd. After 1/2 mile, turn Left into lot. Map
Camp Crockett is open daily from 8 am to dusk from April 16th to October 31st. From November 1st through April 15th, no one is on site at the park, and visitors must call ahead to the Salem County Buildings and Grounds Office to have the access gate unlocked. It is recommended that visitors call at least an hour in advance of their arrival. If planning a weekend visit, visitors must call the Friday before to have the gate opened for the weekend. On site parking available.
|Eastern Box Turtle
|Camp Crockett’s forest, lake and trails provide easy access to wildlife viewing in a family-friendly environment, especially if you enjoy paddling a canoe or kayak. After exploring, enjoy a snack in the sheltered picnic area. There is also a playground, which comes in handy when budding young naturalists lose their patience with elusive species.
the path at the edge of the lawn that leads into the woods. You will soon reach a stream where you may make interesting discoveries any time of year. In warmer weather, look for whirligig beetles and water striders, as well as the local frogs and salamanders.
A variety of nests left by breeding birds and wintering squirrels can be found in the branches of the denuded trees. Recently fallen snow provides a carpet which could hold the tell-tale tracks of wintering animals, such as red fox, white-tailed deer, and Wild Turkey. Dark-eyed Junco and White-throated Sparrow are seen feeding on the ground, where seeds and needles have fallen.
Flowering trees, herbs and wildflowers burst into bloom. Spring peepers are calling quite loudly at dawn and dusk. Herons and egrets prey on the fish in the lake. Songbirds sing in the
early morning, which is also the best time to
see reptiles awakening and moving around.
The cool forest understory provides a refreshing contrast on hot and humid summer days. Canoeing on the lake is a great way to
witness wildlife up close. Scan for herpetiles (ie. Snakes and turtles) basking on the edge of the lake as well as dragonflies and damselflies.
Squirrels are quite active, hiding away acorns and other tree nuts for the winter. The deciduous tree foliage is turning red, yellow and orange, providing a beautiful backdrop to the lake, while migrating ducks stop to feed. Butterflies are gathering nectar from the local flowering plants.