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Western New Jersey’s Outdoors & History
Follow the Delaware River as you explore small-town and big-city New Jersey. Check out historic sites like Downtown Bordentown City, Battleship New Jersey, and Red Bank Battlefield Park in National Park, or connect with nature at Mercer County Park and Rancocas State Park.
Set on the Delaware River, Bordentown is vibrant, southeastern-Trenton suburb featuring a historic downtown, lively festivals, and plenty of outdoor fun.
Downtown Bordentown City is teeming with quaint restaurants, art galleries, antique shops, and book and music stores. Art lovers, be sure to stop by Artful Deposit, Inc., Farnsworth Gallery, Firehouse Gallery, and the Square Peg Round Hole.
Hungry? Step inside Angie’s Family Restaurant, grab a pizza at The Vault, or check out the historic Jester’s Café. And if you’re looking to stick around downtown, try the Self-Guided Walking Tour, or try to catch special events like the Isaac Dripps Motorcycle Show, Ghost Walks, and Cranberry Fest.
Continue delving into Bordentown’s local vibe, head to the Bordentown City Farmers’ Market. The market is held Wednesdays from 3 p.m. till sunset at the Carslake Community Center from early June to late September.
For some time outside, check out the 2,500-acre Mercer County Park in nearby Windsor Township. The park offers bike trails and venues for tennis, basketball, volleyball, and softball. This pet-friendly park also yields a marina and fishing spots, plus hiking trails, picnic areas, and a dog park.
From Bordentown Township, travel southwest along Interstate 295 for 15 miles until you reach Westampton – following the Delaware River.
Found on 210 acres of the Rancocas State Park, the Rancocas Nature Center was established in 1977, and welcomes visitors Tuesday through Sunday. The center offers nature trails, picnic spots, Dragonfly Pond, and the Burlington County Master Gardener displays. The Nature Center itself houses nature exhibits, animal displays, and a gift shop.
Westampton also features a number of local festivals. September brings the annual Westampton Day, while the bi-annual Juried American Indian Arts Festival is held at the nearby Rancocas State Park.
Neighboring Westampton, the Rancocas State Park encompasses over eight miles of hiking and biking trails, plus horseback riding, nature photography, and picnic spots. Visitors can drop a line, or even a canoe or kayak, in Rancocas Creek.
From Westhampton, hop on State Route 38 and move southwest for 30 miles to Thorofare – just south of Philadelphia and 17 miles northwest of Williamstown on the Delaware River.
On your way to Thorofare, check out the Camden Waterfront on the Delaware River – just across the Benjamin Franklin Bridge from Philly. Be sure to see the Battleship New Jersey Museum & Memorial, the Susquehanna Bank Center, and the Adventure Aquarium in Camden.
We haven’t forgotten the history buffs on this tour. Check out the Red Bank Battlefield Park in National Park. This spot holds three titles: U.S. National Historic Landmark, (listed on the) U.S. National Register of Historic Places, and a New Jersey Register of Historic Places.
The site of the Revolutionary War’s Battle of Red Bank in 1777, the spot is now maintained by the Gloucester County Parks. The 44-acre features the James & Ann Whitall House, the Fort Mercer Monument, and more.
The Thorofare area is stuffed with parks. Set up a picnic at Woodbury Memorial Park, or check out Nehaunsey Park, Louis Silvastro Lake Park, and Riverfront Park right on the Delaware River. Stick around Riverfront Park along Floodgates Road for incredible bird watching – yields waterfowl, Great Blue Heron, and even Bald Eagles.
From Thorofare, head south along U.S. Route 130 along the Delaware River banks for 27 miles, arriving at the Killcohook National Wildlife Refuge. In this area, you can explore the Supawna Meadows National Wildlife Refuge, or check out the Fort Mott State Park – part of the Coastal Heritage Trail.
From Fort Mott State Park, it’s 65 miles northeast along the New Jersey Turnpike back to Bordentown – or continue explore the Delaware River banks for more scenic wildlife, historic sites, and adventure.