|Park Drive, Berlin, NJ |
Phone: (856) 216-2117
Camden County Parks
Open daily from dawn to dusk
From the parking area at Penbryn Pond, turn Left on Penbryn Road. Turn Left at the “T” intersection onto New Freedom Road, then quick Left onto Watsontown Road. After 1 mile, turn Right onto Park Drive. After 1 mile, turn Left into the parking area for Berlin Park.
DIRECTIONS FROM NEAREST HIGHWAY: From the intersection of Route 30 and Route 73 in Berlin, proceed West on Route 30/White Horse Pike. After 1.7 miles, turn Left on Berlin-Cross Keys Road. Take the first Left onto South Park Drive. Turn Right into the parking area for Berlin Park. Map
New Jersey Transit Bus Lines No. 554 Lindenwold Patco/Atlantic City stops at Route 30 and Berlin Cross Key Road and also at Route 30 and Milford Road. Walk 3 blocks on Cross Keys Road. Walk straight on Berlin Cross Keys Road. Walk 3 blocks on Berlin Cross Keys Road. Turn Right on South White Horse Pike. Walk a short distance on South White Horse Pike. Walking distance is less than 1 mile.
The park has many features for the sports enthusiast including tennis and basketball courts, roller-hockey surfaces and a softball field to name a few.
|Berlin Park is a great place to bring the family for a picnic or a leisurely afternoon stroll. Five miles of easy gravel trails explore deciduous woods, ponds, and streams. The woods border the uppermost reaches of the Great Egg Harbor River and are filled with migrant songbirds in spring and fall. Neighborhood wildlife is abundant year round.
Walk the trail from the softball fields South along the creek in the fall when foliage is bright and migrating songbirds fill the trees.
Mallards, Canada Geese and occasional Hooded Mergansers mix with domestic fowl in the ponds and streams in the northern portion of the park. Ring-billed Gulls circle overhead. Blue Jays and Hermit Thrushes can be found in the woods. Scan flocks of White-throated Sparrows and Juncos for Field Sparrows and Swamp Sparrows mixed in.
The woods in the southern portion of the park host migrating songbirds such as Red-eyed and Blue-headed Vireo, Rose-breasted Grosbeak, Baltimore Oriole, Scarlet Tanager, Yellow Warbler, American Redstart and Blue-gray Gnatcatcher. Green frogs and bullfrogs can be spotted at the edge of the pond. Wildflowers and ornamentals bloom near the Northern parking lot.
The Northern portion of the park may be crowded with visitors. The Southern portion, beyond the softball fields, is typically quieter. Damselflies can be found along the stream. Bats circle near street lights at dusk. Sunfish and carp can be snared in the lakes and river.
Trees turn beautiful colors and songbirds move back through on their way South. Look for the occasional Hooded Merganser or Ruddy Duck in the pond and streams. Sharp-shinned and Red-tailed Hawks stop to hunt the open woods. Gray squirrels and chipmunks are active by day; opossums by night.