Birding Hot Spots & Map

WCAS Field Trip locations and Central New Jersey Hot Spots

More Hot Spots on map below and to come!

View from summit of Baldpate looking south down Delaware River to Trenton © Fairfax Hutter
Baldpate Mountian (above) has the highest concentration of nesting Nearctic-neotropical birds in New Jersey and largest number of species of breeding Nearctic-neotropical migrants in central New Jersey.
Short-eared Owl at the Pole Farm Federal City Road side © Sharyn Magee
Short-eared Owls (above) winter in the Pole Farm’s grasslands © Sharyn Magee. American Bittern (below) is a frequent visitor to the Rogers Refuge marsh in Spring © Tyler Christensen.
American Bittern in marsh © Tyler Christensen

Pole Farm at Mercer Meadows at corner of Cold Soil and Keefe Rds.

Known now as the “Red Barn” entrance at Cold Soil & Keefe Rds. Most birders enter Pole Farm from both this corner or Federal City Rd. entrance aka Reed/Bryan Farm. Can also park at Maidenhead Trail entrance on Keefe Rd. or at Blackwell Rd. entrance.
GPS: 40.312911, -74.737523










Deer management in winter

Baldpate Mountain, Fiddler's Creek Entrance

Fiddler’s Creek Entrance Parking lot for birding the Summit Trail (blue) and driveway on the left. Baldpate formerly known as Kuser Mountain. Directions to Baldpate Fiddler’s Creek Entrance Parking at 327 Fiddlers Creek Road, Titusville, NJ 08560.

(1) From Pennington at Rt 31 Circle:

• Pennington-Washington Crossing Rd west to Washington Crossing State Park.
• RIGHT at light onto Bear Tavern Rd. (Rt. 579.)
• Pass park on left then LEFT onto Church Rd.
• RIGHT onto Fiddlers Creek Rd. and cross Fiddlers Creek
• RIGHT at Mercer County Baldpate Preserve sign into parking lot.
(2) From I-95:
• I-95 to Rt. 29 NORTH towards Lambertville (passing Washington Crossing SP on right, Titusville on your left, and Church Rd. on your right)
• RIGHT onto Fiddler’s Creek Rd.
• Pass driveway on left if parking at bottom
• LEFT at Mercer County Baldpate Preserve sign into parking lot.
The gated driveway to top is just beyond parking lot entrance on your right. Limited parking near the top. Drive SLOWLY—hikers, birders, and rare wildlife on the road.
GPS: 40.317418, -74.889530










Check for Deer Management closing dates in winter

Baldpate Mtn., Pleasant Valley Rd. entrance

Pleasant Valley Rd. entrance to Ted Stiles Perserve at Baldpate Mountain formerly known as Kuser Mountain
40.330450, -74.871657

Abbott Marshlands

Abbott Marshlands formerly Hamilton- Trenton – Bordentown Marsh



















Use Sewell Avenue entrance to Roebling Park section of the Abbott Marshlands and park by Spring Lake. Be mindful that this natural area is located in an urban setting. Use caution when visiting. Don’t leave your camera or valuables lying about. Report any suspicious behavior to the Hamilton (609-581-4000) or Bordentown Township (609- 298-2800) Police. In an emergency, call 911.

GPS Coordinates: N40 11.714 W74 43.923  

Rogers Wildllife Refuge next to Institute Woods

Charles Rogers Wildlife Refuge entrance to Institute Woods, Princeton

Directions: From Princeton take Alexander Street toward Route 1. At the bend before the canal turn right on West Drive. Go a short distance on West Drive and park near the entrance to Rogers Wildlife Refuge.

40°19’38.5″N 74°39’33.6″W
40.327353, -74.659342

Pole Farm Federal City Rd./Reed Bryan entrance

Reed Bryan section of the Pole Farm at Mercer Meadows also known as Federal City entrance with gray barn and “Last pole standing.”
GPS: 40.316586,-74.758068

St. Michaels Preserve

St. Michaels Preserve, Princeton Ave. aka Carter Road entrance.

Watershed Reserve at the Watershed Institute

Watershed Institute (formerly Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Association)

40°21’06.3″N 74°46’21.3″W
40.351751, -74.772571

Mercer County Park

West Windsor

Negri-Nepote Native Grassland Preserve

Caution: Hunting in Fall

Washington Crossing State Park Nature Center

Washington Crossing State Park Nature Center
355 Washington Crossing Pennington Rd, Titusville, NJ 08560, USA

40°18’49.5″N 74°51’46.6″W

Assunpink Wildlife Management Area

Assunpink Wildlife Management Area Boat Launch parking lot
Intersection of Imlaystown-Hightstown Rd & Clarksburg-Robbinsville Rd, Millstone, NJ 08535, USA
Directions: East on I-195 to exit 11, Imlaystown. North on Imlaystown Road 2.6 miles to parking area at Lake Assunpink.

40°12’54.9″N 74°31’00.7″W
40.215254, -74.516866

Cumberland County Heislerville WMA

Heislerville Wildlife Management Area in Maurice River Twp., Cumberland County, NJ
Dikes on Matts Landing Rd, Leesburg, NJ 08327, USA

39°14’02.9″N 75°01’34.5″W
39.234133, -75.026264


Peace Valley Nature Center

Peace Valley Nature Center
42-64 N Chapman Rd, Doylestown, PA 18901, USA

40°20’23.8″N 75°10’16.2″W
40.339942, -75.171179

Mt. Rose Preserve

Mount Rose Preserve, Carter Rd., Hopewell Township, NJ 08540, USA
Parking on west side of Carter Rd.

40°21’41.4″N 74°44’15.4″W
40.361489, -74.737621

Garret Mountain Reservation

Garret Mountain Reservation
2 Mountain Ave, Woodland Park, NJ 07424, USA  (near Patterson)

Directions: Take I-287 to I-80. Go east to exit 56A (Squirrelwood Road). Go to the stop sign and turn right on Rifle Camp Road. Go up the hill about 0.5 miles to Mountain Ave., which comes in from the left. Turn left on Mountain Ave. (look for army tank and reservoir on the left) and go 0.3 miles to the entrance to Garret Mountain Reservation. Go right up the hill for a short distance to a large parking area. The distance from Somerville on I-287 and I-80 to exit 56A is 40 miles.

40°54’08.5″N 74°10’54.5″W
40.902367, -74.181791

Round Valley Reservoir Boat Launch

Round Valley Reservoir Boat Launch
County Rd 629, Lebanon, NJ 08833, USA

40°37’54.9″N 74°50’57.5″W
40.631908, -74.849302


Institute Woods - Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton

Institute Woods – Institute for Advanced Study, Princeton
Olden Lane entrance with parking lot

Sourlands Ecosystem Preserve (formerly McBurney Woods)

Sourlands Ecosystem Preserve, 31-37 Mountain Rd, Hopewell, NJ 08525

40°25’20.8″N 74°48’09.2″W
40.422448, -74.802563

More than eight miles of trails within the preserve, for more detail visit:

Other Sourland Mountain parks:
Sourland Mountain Preserve, a nearby 364 acre Hunterdon County Park at 233 Rileyville Road, Ringoes, NJ 08551
Sourland Mountain Preserve, a 4,000 acre Somerset County Park at 421 East Mountain Road, Hillsborough, NJ   08844



Pole Farm at Mercer Meadows, Maidenhead Trail entrance

Pole Farm at Mercer Meadows, Maidenhead Trail entrance
486 Keefe Rd, Lawrenceville, NJ 08648, USA

40°18’21.8″N 74°44’52.3″W
40.306041, -74.747863

Millstone Impoundment by Carnegie Lake

Millstone Impoundment by Carnegie Lake in Delaware & Raritan Canal State Park
Parking lot entrance at:
775 Mapleton Rd
Princeton, NJ 08540

40°20’33.4″N 74°37’46.2″W
40.342609, -74.629514

Route 1 Southbound lane to Princeton. After Scudders Mill Rd. overpass, turn right onto Mapleton Rd. Left into Delaware & Raritan Canal State Park parking lot. The impoundment will be on your left.

Carson Road Woods

Carson Road Woods (and fields)
18 Carson Rd, Princeton, NJ 08540, USA

40°19’49.1″N 74°42’45.6″W
40.330310, -74.712657

Brushy fields are great for Spring Woodcock displays. Good Fall Sparrow spot.

Pole Farm at Mercer Meadows Blackwell Rd. entrance

Pole Farm Blackwell Rd. entrance
“Trail Access for Mercer Meadows”
East of 211 Blackwell Rd, Pennington, NJ 08534, USA

40°19’31.9″N 74°45’10.1″W
40.325543, -74.752796

Curlis Woods

Curlis Woods, bounded by Curlis Lake on the west, is part of Mercer County Park system. Handsome stand of mature hardwoods. Park in Mercer County Equestrian Center lot and keep right down path towards the woods. Other entrance edge of Pennington on Lawrenceville-Pennington Road.


40°19’36.7″N 74°46’05.4″W

40.326865, -74.768159

Mercer Corporate Park

Mercer Corporate Park

Known for rarities. Ponds, marshes, and wetlands.
Corporate Blvd, Robbinsville, NJ 08691, USA
I-195 take Exit 7 South on Rt. 526 towards Allentown. Left onto Corporate Boulevard.

FYI: Google Maps puts Mercer Corporate Park on Valsing Way. That is not the one you want. Search for “Corporate Boulevard.”

40°11’14.3″N 74°35’22.9″W
40.187313, -74.589688

Allentown Sod Farms parking

Parking for birding Allentown Sod Farms at Union transportation Trail parking lot on Sharon Station Rd (near Herbert Rd.), Allentown, NJ 08501

40°12’22.5″N 74°32’11.9″W
40.206254, -74.536646

Fiddler's Creek Preserve at Baldpate Mountain

Fiddler’s Creek Preserve at Baldpate Mountain

WCAS usually parks in the Fiddler’s Creek parking lot for Baldpate across the street but the Preserve has a small lot of its own which can be muddy and rutted.

Cold Brook Reserve

65 Old Turnpike Rd, Lebanon, NJ 08833, USA

Directions: From I-78 east, take exit 24, Oldwick, and proceed north on Route 523 towards Oldwick. Continue straight on Route 517 when Route 523 turns to the right. After passing through the center of Oldwick, the park entrance will be on the left. A gravel parking lot is located on the right side of the driveway. For more information, contact Brad Merritt (609) 921-8964.

GPS: 40.677096, -74.749575

Assiscong Marsh

Assiscong Marsh attracts and supports migratory and resident waterfowl that use it as a resting or breeding area.

Directions: Take Route 31 north to the Flemington Circle and then continue north 4 miles and make a right onto Rt. 612, Bartles Corner Rd. Proceed east on Rt. 612 for about .75 miles to just after traffic light. Make an immediate left onto River Road—possibly one way entrance only requiring a u-turn after you cross railroad tracks and South Branch Raritan River. Head north on River Rd. for about 0.2 miles until you see the gravel lot on the right. Limited parking along the road.

GPS: 40.541286, -74.849706

Sandy Hook at Gateway National Recreational Area

Meeting place is Parking Lot B.
South Beach – Area B, Highlands, NJ 07732
GPS: 40.406936,-73.978181

Detailed Sandy Hook birding map here

Alexauken Wildlife Management Area

Alexauken Wildlife Management Area has a very healthy forest with excellent understory. Louisiana Water Thrush, Wood Thrush, Veery, Scarlet Tanager and Pileated Woodpecker breed here. Its accessible from both the Alexauken WMA entrance on Rocktown Lambertville Rd. or the smaller parking lot on Gulick Rd.

Pryde's Point Trail

Sandy Hook Parking lot B

WCAS usually meets at Parking Lot B. Sandy Hook is a prime spot to learn more about shore birds, with opportunities to see raptors, marsh birds, and migrating songbirds along the Jersey shore

Rock Hopper Trail

Park at the Dry Run Creek trail lot across the street on south side of Rt. 518. Pretty trail through diabase boulders trail that wraps around Swan Creek Reservoir. Mature forest with spicebush thickets and wildflowers. Bears have been reported here.

676 Brunswick Ave, Lambertville, NJ 08530, USA

40.364404, -74.908450

Cider Mill Grassland Preserve

161-101 Cider Mill Rd,
Flemington, NJ 08822

40.477602, -74.794022