For bird lovers, the 2,800-acre Supawna Meadows National Wildlife Refuge, located just north of the Salem River, is a stunning location any time of the year. It is part of the internationally recognized Delaware River Estuary and is a critical stop for migratory birds resting and feeding each spring and fall. Or you may be rewarded with spectacular spring and summer views at the Stow Creek Viewing Area in Canton as the marsh comes alive with birds, animals, reptiles, and insects including the Northern Harrier, Egret, Red-tailed Hawk, and magnificent Bald Eagles. The Salem River Wildlife Management Area in Mannington features the pristine Mannington Meadows, cited by New Jersey Monthly as “the perfect destination to spot local wildlife” and “one of the top areas in the state for waterfowl diversity.”Camping in Salem County
Salem County features a number of campgrounds nestled in beautiful country settings with a variety of amenities including cabins, large open or wooded lots, full hookups, modern washrooms, hot showers, laundry facilities, and plenty of activities for the kids. For biking enthusiasts, the Cumberland Salem Revolution Trail, which begins and ends at Fort Mott in Pennsville, offers 52 miles of uniformly flat coastal plains with a few easy climbs, or try a family off-road bike trip along miles of beautiful trails through Parvin State Park in Pittsgrove.
Parvin State Park also features hiking trails through hardwood and atlantic white cedar swamps, pitch pine lowlands, and upland pine and oak forests. Hikers should also visit Burden Hill Forest in Quinton Township where they will find droughty oaks combined with rich wetlands and many rare species including the endangered Red-headed Woodpeckers and Barred Owls. The site is also an important stopover for spring and fall migrants as they move through the Delaware Bayshore region to their breeding or wintering grounds.
A great way to see many Salem County sites is a scenic drive along the New Jersey Coastal Heritage Trail. The Trail, beginning at Fort Mott State Park, will take you to a variety of interesting locations including the beautiful Alloway Creek Wetland Restoration Site or the historic Hancock House. For those who are adventurous, there are numerous country roads off the beaten path full of exciting wonders for you to enjoy.
If hunting or sport clay shooting is your passion, Salem County features prime hunting areas that integrate fields, hedgerows and thickets, woodlands, and feedplots full of Ringneck Pheasant, Chukar Partridge, and ducks. In addition, deer, rabbit, and smaller game abound in an environment rich in natural wonders.