Trail Guides
Crows Woods Nature Preserve

Upland Way, Haddonfield, NJ
Phone: (609) 707-1252

OWNER:  Haddonfield Parks Conservancy

DIRECTIONS:  From the parking area at Greenwald Park, turn Right onto Park Boulevard. Turn Right onto Kings Highway/Route 41. After 0.8 miles, turn Left onto Chestnut Street. After 0.5 miles, bear Left onto Reillywood Avenue, then make the first Right onto Centre Street. After 0.3 miles, bear Right onto Upland Way, then quick left onto East Atlantic Avenue. Continue to the parking area for Crow’s Woods.

DIRECTIONS FROM NEAREST HIGHWAY:  From the intersection of Route 70 and Kings Highway/Route 41 in Cherry Hill, proceed Southwest on Kings Highway through Haddonfield for 1.9 miles to Warwick Road. Turn Left on Warwick Road and go 0.9 miles to Upland Way. Turn Left on Upland Way, continue for 0.4 miles. Go under a railroad overpass, and make an immediate Right turn on East Atlantic Avenue, into the park.   Map

ACCESS AND PARKING:  Open daily from dawn to dusk. Dogs must be kept on leash. Note -the park can be crowded when sports events are taking place, and noisy when trains pass on the nearby Patco line.

NEAREST PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION:  New Jersey Transit Bus Lines No. 455 Cherry Hill Mall/Woodbury/Paulsboro stops at Clements Bridge Road & Hutchinson Avenue. Walk 2 blocks on Upland Way and turn Left on Warwick Road. Walk a short distance on Warwick Road and turn Right on Hutchinson Avenue. Walk 4 blocks on Hutchinson Avenue and turn Left and walk a short distance on Highland Avenue. Walking distance is less than 1 mile.

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SITE DESCRIPTION:  Crow’s Woods Nature Preserve includes about fifty acres of fairly mature undeveloped forest in an “almost-urban” park with ball fields and mowed lawn areas. Trails wind through beautiful deciduous woodland and streamside habitat, making for a nice getaway stroll where visitors can expect neighborhood wildlife throughout the year, and migrant birds in season.

DON'T MISS:  The flowering of mountain laurel in early June.

Winter:  A good place for finding White-throated, White-crowned, Song, and sometimes Lincoln’s sparrows, especially along the field edges and around the community garden area. In addition, look for Red-tailed Hawk and other raptors.
Spring:  Early morning birding will produce neotropical migrants such as American Redstart, Northern Parula, and Blue-Gray Gnatcatcher. Follow trails to where the woods border Cooper River for a chance to glimpse beavers, especially in the early morning.
Summer:  Mountain laurel blooms in early June. Resident birds include Wood Thrush, Flicker, Red-bellied Woodpecker, Red-eyed Vireo, Common Yellowthroat, Yellow Warbler, Scarlet Tanager, and Ruby-throated Hummingbird. The community garden area is good for butterflies. Killdeer often try to nest in the gravelly areas.
Fall:  Migrant birds and butterflies are passing through. The mixed deciduous forest is dazzling when autumn color peaks, about the third week of October.

SPECIAL FEATURES:  There are a few elevated spots along the trail, from which one can look down into the shrub layer of a hardwood swamp and at the same time get an unobstructed view into the forest canopy; these are good spots for viewing migrants on a May morning.

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