Experience a day, week or weekend getaway in beautiful Salem County. Explore on your own or take advantage of local tour services to discover the County’s wonders.
GOLF AND GRAPES WEEKEND
Golf and wine. In many ways the characteristics of these two thoroughly enjoyable pastimes take on a similar flavor in Salem County. Both are distinctly rural and refreshingly unpretentious. Whether you are looking for a smooth Merlot, a beautifully light Chardonnay, or a unique-tasting Asian Pear, Salem County wines are superb. Our golf courses are equally enjoyable offering affordable play for golfers at all levels of experience. We invite you to spend a weekend in our quaint, country setting and get the best of both worlds.
Start your weekend on Friday evening at the Enoteca at Auburn Road Vineyard and Winery.
Every Friday Auburn Road hosts caterers, chefs and special guests from throughout the area who create their favorite comfort food for you to enjoy. Experience a great meal, awesome wine, cool live music, and a relaxed atmosphere. Before leaving, be sure to pick up a bottle or two to share with your friends – and stock your cellar at home. Reservations are recommended. Special wine-tasting weekends are offered throughout the year.
On Saturday, enjoy a day of play at one of the County’s five courses. Abundant trees, rolling landscapes, water hazards, and well-manicured playing conditions create a memorable golfing outing. You will find a variety of amenities including full-service pro shops that offer equipment and apparel, custom club fitting, and club repair, driving ranges, putting and chipping greens, and clubhouse facilities. And at day’s end choose from a variety of dining options. Our diversity of menus and settings ensures everyone will find something to please their palate.
SPEND A WEEKEND CANOEING OR KAYAKING
Salem County offers many opportunities for canoeing and kayaking fun on a variety of lakes, rivers, and streams. If you long for a nature experience that will help you recharge your spirit, you have found it. Canoeing and kayaking are some of the best ways to enjoy Salem County’s magnificent scenery. We have selected three examples, but there are many more to choose from. While you’re in Salem County, make it a full weekend adventure and enjoy some of our outstanding restaurants, unique specialty shops, and art galleries as well.
Option 1 – The Maurice River
The Maurice River offers experienced canoeists and kayakers two and four hour paddles down the “Wild & Scenic” nationally designated river that borders Salem to the east. Its pristine waters and related habitats are vitally important to a variety of wildlife.
Paddle downstream in a current of clean cedar water through undeveloped woodlands. Enjoy the residents you might see along the way including deer, squirrels, otters, raccoons, and an assortment of songbirds and waterfowl. If you do not have your own craft, Al & Sam’s Canoe, Boat, and Kayak provides rentals and shuttles to the Weymouth Road/Willow Grove Road put in, and from the Garden Road or Almond Road take outs. Individual or group rates and reservations are available from May through October. Trips leave in the morning.
Option 2 – Parvin Lake
Enjoy a lake, stream, or moonlight excursion on picturesque Parvin Lake. The lake is part of a beautiful New Jersey State Park located in Pittsgrove Township which also includes miles of biking and hiking trails, cabins and campgrounds, swimming, and good fishing opportunities.
Parvin Lake offers an easy paddle, suitable for all skill levels. Depart from Fisherman’s Landing and paddle across the lake, up a narrow, winding feeder creek called Muddy Run. Then turn around and retrace your route back to the Lake. It is especially beautiful in the spring when bright colors and rich fragrances from blossoming dogwood, laurel, holly, magnolia, wild azalea, and over 200 kinds of flowering plants break out. If you do not have your own watercraft, rentals are available through Al & Sam’s Canoe, Boat, and Kayak.
Option 3 – The Salem River
Approximately 30 miles long, the Salem River runs through the Supawna Meadows National Wildlife Refuge, the Mannington Meadows, and the Salem River Wildlife Management Area. It covers more than a third of Salem County, and is one of the largest tributaries to the Delaware River. Along with a few historic eighteenth-century farmhouses, keep your eye out for falcons, osprey, and maybe even a bald eagle along the way.
A good spot to put in and take out is the public boat ramp on Sinnicksons Landing Road in Elsinboro. From there you can cruise through the Supawna National Wildlife Refuge all the way to the Delaware River and back via a number of routes. Because this portion of the river is tidal, check a tide table when planning your trip. Also, the tidal flow here is noteworthy, so this stretch of water is best for experienced paddlers.
For additional information about canoeing or kayaking opportunities in Salem County, water safety instructions, or to schedule a special event, please contact the SPLASH and PADDLE or Al & Sam’ Canoe, Boat, and Kayak.
NATURE, HISTORY AND ARTS WEEKEND
The Bayshore Heritage Byway offers a true taste of southern New Jersey’s “low country.” Spend a weekend full of fun watching eagles and osprey soar over pristine marshlands, visiting buildings and museums that have witnessed three centuries of history, exploring natural areas along the beach and inland waterways, and enjoying arts inspired by these landscapes in galleries and studios. You can also do a bit of antiquing and taste the local fare along the way.
Bald Eagle Observation Site, Stow Creek, Canton, NJ. Park conveniently off County Rt. 623 (Main St., Canton) and follow the trail to the observation site. Nests are clearly visible across the creek.
Lower Alloways Creek Historic Cabin, 736 Smick Rd., Canton, NJ. Get a glimpse of Salem County’s early farm and maritime history. The complex includes a restored log cabin, a local cannery building, and a floating cabin used by the commercial shad fishermen.
Hancock House State Historic Site, 3 Front St., Hancock’s Bridge, NJ. The only 18th century patterned brick end manor house open to the public in the region, this handsome home was the site of a brutal massacre during the American Revolution. Interpretive staff share this tale of heroism and tragedy, as well as invite visitors to experience life in colonial times. While in Hancock’s Bridge, take a short drive along Alloways Creek on Poplar Street to see two additional brick manor houses (private). This was the route taken by the Loyalist troops on the morning of the massacre.
Elsinboro Point, Elsinboro, NJ. Picturesque and Bohemian describe the beach community at Elsinboro Point. Believed to be the site of Fort Elfsborg, a 17th century Swedish colonial fortification, the Point became a popular beach colony in the late 19th century and early 20th centuries. Recently the area is attracting a number of artists who find inspiration in the wild solitude and open vistas of the Delaware River and Bay. Be sure to drive to the point, where you’ll find access to the beach. It is a wonderful place for a walk and fishing.
Salem, NJ. The oldest permanent English-speaking settlement on the Delaware (1675), historic Salem offers a variety of things to see and do. Stop by the Salem County Visitors Center at 2 New Market St., and the Salem County Historical Society at 79-83 Market St. for more information about the county. You will also find a range of restaurants, which include fast food, iconic Jersey diner, and fine dining options. Do a bit of antiquing and gift shopping along West Broadway and Market Street. First Impressions Art Gallery at 157 West Broadway features fine arts and crafts from local artists.
Supawna Meadows National Wildlife Refuge, Lighthouse Rd., Pennsville, NJ. Supawna Meadows offers nature trails and observation platforms with convenient parking off Lighthouse Road.
Fort Mott State Park, 454 Fort Mott Rd., Pennsville, NJ. Explore these post-Civil War fortifications, visit the New Jersey Coastal Heritage Trail Welcome Center, and in season take a ride on the Delafort Ferry to historic Fort Delaware. Fort Mott Park offers interpretive programs, as well as picnic areas and public rest facilities. Nearby is Finns Point National Cemetery, a Civil War burial ground for both Confederate and Union soldiers.
Glass Delights by Pris, 8 Isaacs Drive, Pennsville, NJ features custom stained glass and glass art and sweeping views of the Delaware from the studio.
Salem River Wildlife Management Area, Hawks Bridge Rd., Mannington, NJ. Explore the pristine Mannington Meadows, cited by New Jersey Monthly (October 2008) as “the perfect destination to spot local wildlife” and “one of the top areas in the state for waterfowl diversity.” Park near Hawks Bridge and enjoy nature’s wonders up close.
The New Jersey Audubon Society has developed two distinct travel itineraries through Salem County where you can enjoy a wide variety of natural habitats and wildlife. The routes are a part of the Delaware Bayshore Trail System. Click on the following links for detailed directions and site information for each destination on the trail.
Trail 1 – Feathers, Fort, and Forest
When nature enthusiasts first explore Salem County, their response is often, “This is New Jersey? I can’t believe it!” See it for yourself on this driving trail. From captivating historic sites, through scenic farmlands, and beautiful lakes along tributaries to the Delaware Bayshore’s majestic rivers, you will enjoy an abundance of wildlife. The destinations along the trail are connected by some of the most scenic roads in the area. While you may not always be on the straightest route between points, we hope you will enjoy the picturesque beauty and wildlife along the way. Feathers, Fort, and Forest trail destinations include:
- Fort Mott State Park/Finns Point Lighthouse
- Riverview Beach Park
- Pennsville Historical Society Church Landing Farmhouse Museum
- Memorial Lake
- Camp Crockett County Park
- Daretown Lake
- Elmer Lake WMA
- Parvin State Park
Trail 2 – Meadow to Millpond
Salem County is one of the few places in New Jersey for enjoying plentiful wide open space. This driving route connects a number of locations; scanning the vast Mannington Marsh from a bridge, or beholding the Delaware River just where it widens to become the Bay, or observing the miles of wetlands leading into Mad Horse Creek Wildlife Management Area. The route passes through historic Salem City and it is worth a stop at the Visitors Center and the Salem County Historical Society so you can better appreciate the pieces of history you will pass along the way. Meadow to Millpond trail destinations include:
- Supawna Meadows National Wildlife Refuge
- Pointers-Sharptown Road Bridge at Nimrod Road
- Salem River Wildlife Management Area
- Elsinboro Neck
- Alloway Creek Watershed Wetland Restoration Site
- Abbotts Meadow Wildlife Management Area
- Stow Creek Bald Eagle Nest Viewing Platform
- Stow Neck Road to Mad Horse Creek Wildlife Management Area
- Maskell’s Mill Wildlife Management Area (WMA)
- Mill Pond Road
CUMBERLAND-SALEM REVOLUTION CYCLISTS TOUR
Salem and Cumberland Counties’ Bayshore region offers great cycling. Our rural countryside is an almost uniformly flat coastal plain with few easy climbs – perfect for bicycle touring. Natural beauty and history abound along this route, which begins and ends at Fort Mott State Park. In addition to Fort Mott, the itinerary includes historic attractions such as Salem City and the Salem Oak, Finns Point Rear Range Lighthouse, Hancock House State Historic Site, as well as natural areas at Supawna Meadows National Wildlife Refuge, Alloways Creek Wetlands Restoration Site and Abbott’s Meadow Wildlife Management Area. Click on the following link for a detailed brochure and map.
DISCOVER SALEM CITY & WOODSTOWN WALKING TOURS
Historic Salem City is the oldest permanent English-speaking settlement in the Delaware Valley. John Fenwick, an English Quaker, brought the first colonists to the area in 1675, initiating settlement of West Jersey, the first Quaker colony in North America. He named his colony “Salem,” meaning “peace,” and laid out the first streets of “New Salem”: Bridge, Fenwick, and Wharf Streets, today known as Market Street, East Broadway, and West Broadway, all of which are listed on the New Jersey State and National Registers of Historic Places.
We invite you to explore these historic districts as part of the Salem City Heritage Trail. Each of the walking tours begins at the Old Salem County Courthouse, which is located at the corner of East Broadway and Market Street. Over 60 sites are described. Click here and request that copies of the Heritage Trail brochures be mailed to you.
The entire Woodstown Historic District comprises approximately 50 homes in a residential neighborhood located primarily on North Main St. The Woodstown Historic Preservation Commission created a sidewalk tour of twelve architecturally significant houses of the Woodstown historic district, the earliest of which dates to the 1750s. Click on the following link for a detailed brochure and explanation of the route.