Trail Guides
Hammonton Lake Park

Park Avenue, Hammonton, NJ
Phone: (609) 567-4300

OWNER:  Hammonton Parks and Recreation

DIRECTIONS:  This is the first stop on the trail. From the intersection of Route 30 and Route 206 in Hammonton, continue West on Route 30/ White Horse Pike. After 1.4 miles turn Right onto Broadway. After 0.7 miles, turn Left onto Central Avenue, and then quick Right onto Park Avenue. After 0.3 miles, turn Left into the entrance for Hammonton Lake Park.   Map
ACCESS AND PARKING:  Open daily from dawn to dusk.

NEAREST PUBLIC TRANSPORTATION:  New Jersey Transit Bus Lines No. 554 Lindenwold Patco, Atlantic City stops at Egg Harbor Road & Park Avenue. Walk 2 blocks on Park Avenue. Turn Right on South Egg Harbor Road and walk a short distance. Atlantic City Rail Line stops at Hammonton Station. Walk 2 blocks on Park Avenue. Turn Right on South Egg Harbor Road and walk 4 blocks. Walking distances are less than 1 mile.

SPECIAL FEATURES:  An additional trail through the woods on the East side of the Lake can be accessed by walking South from the lower parking area along Egg Harbor Road for 0.2 miles. This trail brings visitors to additional viewing points on the lake and offers an escape from the crowds and sporting events in Spring and Summer.

Pine Warbler
Pine WarblerMatt Webster
SITE DESCRIPTION:  Hammonton Lake Park is a small piece of Pine Barrens habitat nestled in the middle of the self-proclaimed blueberry capital of the world, Hammonton. This park offers a landscape that is used for recreation but also hosts a great array of birds and other animals. The lake is surrounded by sections of deciduous woods and a beautiful white cedar swamp. The springtime is one of the best times of year to see a wealth of wildlife including the many turtles around the lake and a plethora of birds including gnatcatchers, orioles, warblers and a nice variety of flycatchers.

DON'T MISS:  This park offers a very pleasant springtime experience in April and May where one can enjoy the songs of many birds in a variety of gorgeous and mature trees.

Winter:  Common Mergansers, Hooded Mergansers, and Ring-necked Ducks are often on the lake. The woods' edge along the parking lot is a good spot to look for a variety of sparrows and other birds foraging on the ground, including Dark-eyed Juncos, White-throated Sparrows and an occasional Hermit Thrush.
Spring:  In the spring, the air is filled with the songs of many birds, including the Red-winged Blackbird, House Wren and Baltimore Oriole. Yellow Warblers, Common Yellowthroats and Black-and-white Warblers are often seen here as well. Blue-gray Gnatcatchers are regulars at the park, as well as a variety of flycatchers including Eastern Kingbird and Eastern Phoebe.
Summer:  Painted and red bellied turtles are often seen basking around the lake. Great Blue Herons frequent here to go fishing. Keep your eyes out for Eastern garter snakes and Northern water snakes, as they can often be seen around the perimeter of the pond.
Fall:  A variety of migrants come through the park in the fall including White-eyed Vireos, Ruby-crowned Kinglets, American Redstarts, Black-throated Blue Warblers and Northern Parulas. Keep a lookout for Ruddy Ducks, Bufflehead and Pied-billed Grebe here in late fall.

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