Trail Guides
New Brooklyn Park

New Brooklyn-Blackwood Road, Sicklerville, NJ
Phone: (856) 216-2117

OWNER:  Camden County

DIRECTIONS:  Exit Frank Donio Park and turn Right onto Williamstown-Erial Road. After 0.6 miles, turn Left at the traffic light onto Sicklerville Road. After 1.4 miles turn Left onto Williamstown Road. After 0.7 miles turn Right onto New Brooklyn-Blackwood Road. After 1.7 miles turn Left into the entrance for New Brooklyn Park.

DIRECTIONS FROM NEAREST HIGHWAY:  From the intersection of Route 73 and Route 30 in Berlin, continue on Route 73 South. After 3.9 miles, bear Right onto South Cedarbrook Road, then turn Right onto New Brooklyn - Cedarbrook Road. After2.3 miles, continue straight through the traffic light at Malaga Road, then make the first Right onto New Brooklyn-Blackwood Road (a.k.a. Chews Landing Road). After 0.2 miles, turn Right into the parking area for New Brooklyn Park.   Map

ACCESS AND PARKING:  Open daily from dawn to dusk.

NEAREST PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION:  NJ Transit Bus Route 400 stops at Erial-New Brooklyn Road and Seven Causeways Road.

SITE DESCRIPTION:  The 382-acre New Brooklyn Park has mowed grass fields with bluebird boxes, dense hardwood swamp containing southern red oak, Atlantic white cedars and a thick shrub layer in much of the forest. A stream corridor and surrounding wetlands with small vernal ponds provide habitat for water and marsh species. Enhancements include playgrounds, softball field, amphitheater, picnic pavilion, volleyball court, bike and hiking paths and fishing and canoeing in the shallow one-hundred acre New Brooklyn Lake.

DON'T MISS:  Near the Canoe launch entrance, there are benches facing Bluebird boxes for a summer show. Of course, several other species are active as well.

Winter:  Canada goose and mallards on the lake are occasionally joined by other residents.
Spring:  Migrants, especially wood warblers and other songbirds are arriving in the forest and ducks and wading birds frequent the lake. Spring wildflowers are in the forest and lake.
Summer:  Bluebirds are raising babies in the nest boxes, while many migrants are in the woods. The lake is home to ducklings and occasionally some wood ducks are among them. Sometimes a Green Heron visits the lake. Dragonflies and damselflies are plentiful.
Fall:  Many migrants are passing through and ducks and geese are still on the lake. The red Maples provide beautiful fall color.

SPECIAL FEATURES:  Visit the lakeside viewing area in the form of a small lot on New Brooklyn Cedarbrook Road. A dirt road at the bridge, 700 feet from East Malaga Road allows driving right up to the lake for birding by car. An electric line cut with rudimentary trails is also visible from this lot providing more species habitats.

A CLOSER LOOK:  At the southern entrance on Chews Landing Road, there is a good spot for streamside viewing. Walk the boardwalk path to the dock for more wading birds and dragonflies and damselflies in the summer.

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