Trails

Four foot trails through the refuge's varied habitats provide excellent opportunities for wildlife observation. These include the Songbird and Woodcock Trails (Delaware Bay Division), Cedar Swamp Trail (Great Cedar Swamp Division), and Marsh and Dune Trails (Two Mile Beach Unit) which include observation platforms and blind. Between October 1 and March 31 the beachfront of the Two Mile Beach Unit is also open for wildlife observation. The Cape May Peninsula has been described as one of the ten top birding spots in North America!

Cedar Swamp Trail

This one-mile long trail is located on Tyler Road, which is located north of Route 50 and south of Route 631. This trail leads through a grassland and a mixed pine/hardwood forested swamp.Look and listen for songbirds in the red maple and Atlantic white cedar trees and owls roosting in the trees.
Trail Length (mi)
1.13
Trail Difficulty
Difficulty Meter / introductory
Easy
Estimated Time
1 Hour
Route Type
Loop
Suitability
Dog friendly
Kid friendly
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Woodcock Trail

About 0.4 miles south of Kimbles Beach Road off of Route 47 is a residential road called Woodcock Lane. At the end of this road is a parking area for access to Woodcock Trail.This trail is a one-mile-long loop through grassland habitat. There are also side trails of 0.4 miles that extend through a forested section and end at a view of the Delaware Bay salt marsh. Often seen here are great crested flycatchers, blue grosbeaks, a variety of sparrows, spotted turtles, and frogs.
Trail Length (mi)
1.91
Trail Difficulty
Difficulty Meter / introductory
Easy
Estimated Time
1 Hour
Route Type
Lollipop
Suitability
Dog friendly
Kid friendly
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Songbird Trail

This 1-mile, partially accessible trail begins at the Headquarters Office off Kimbles Beach Road. This trail begins in the parking lot, extends to the edge of shrub/scrub habitat, winds through a forest segment with vernal pools and ends along Kimbles Beach Road. Often seen on this trail are American kestrels, bluebirds, and box turtles. Frogs regularly call from the vernal pools
Trail Length (mi)
1.37
Trail Difficulty
Difficulty Meter / introductory
Easy
Estimated Time
1 Hour
Route Type
Loop
Suitability
Dog friendly
Kid friendly
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Northern Dune Trail

Trail Length (mi)
0.45
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Southern Dune Trail

The Two Mile Beach Unit offers a 0.9 mile trail (1.8 mile round trip) which begins at the north boundary of the Refuge next to Diamond Beach and ends at the south boundary next to the US Coast Guard: Loran Support Unit. The trail traverses behind the beach dunes that host rare maritime forest habitat. Migrant songbirds are plentiful in spring and fall, as well as butterflies and dragonflies. This trail offers two access points midway through the trail, one off of Loran Drive across from the first parking lot, on the right, and another access point from the second parking lot, on the left. The second access point also offers disabled-accessible parking next to a boardwalk which leads to an observation platform overlooking the beachfront. (Please note: Access to the beach is prohibited April 1 to September 30 each year. The trail, however, is open throughout the year).
Trail Length (mi)
0.25
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Marsh Boardwalk Trail

At the Two Mile Beach Unit the completed 500 feet of this accessible, boardwalk trail leads to an observation platform offering views of shimmering salt marshes. Look for elegant wading birds and listen for the “clacking” sound of a clapper rail. Future plans for this trail include two additional observation platforms and over 1,500 feet of boardwalk access through salt marsh and maritime forest habitats.
Trail Length (mi)
0.10
Trail Difficulty
Difficulty Meter / introductory
Easy
Estimated Time
35 Minutes
Route Type
Out & back
Suitability
Kid friendly
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Central Dune Trail

Trail Length (mi)
0.08
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