Washington Crossing Audubon's Birding "Hot Spots" Map

WCAS Field Trip locations and favorite central New Jersey “Hot Spots”

More Hot Spots on map below and to come!

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 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.

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
Mercer County Website lists address as 327 Fiddlers Creek Road, Titusville, NJ 08560
Baldpate formerly known as Kuser Mountain
GPS: 40.317418, -74.889530










Check for Deer Management closing dates in winter

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  

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

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.

Stony Brook-Millstone Watershed Association

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
Please confirm parking on west or east 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: www.drgreenway.org

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