Bordentown Township

Abbott Marshlands: Bordentown Bluffs
Bordentown Township, NJ 08505

Overview of Selected Trail

This trail is part of the Abbott Marshlands, formerly known as the Hamilton-Trenton-Bordentown Marsh. This section of the Abbott Marshlands is part of the Delaware and Raritan Canal State Park. The trail (which is not a loop) runs along the top of a bluff, which overlooks the marsh and Crosswicks Creek. It goes through the least disturbed woods in the marsh. The woods include mature trees and rare thickets of Mountain Laurel and Great Rhododendron.

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Flora & Fauna
  • Abbott Marshlands: Bordentown Bluffs
  • Distance:

    1.6 miles round trip


    Approximately 30-60 minutes


    Yellow paint markers for the trail coming in from Orchard Ave.

    Trail Usage:

    Walking/Hiking, Dogs permitted on leash


    Flat on top of the bluff. The trail drops 50 feet into a ravine and climbs 50 feet steeply up the other side.




    NO parking on Orchard Ave. Parking is allowed on the Stanton Ave. Extension only.


    Wear sturdy shoes and bring along drinking water for your walk. Light colored clothing is better for spotting ticks on clothing.

    Bring along sunscreen or insect repellent, depending on the season.



    Stanton Avenue – Take Interstate 295 to Interstate 195, to Exit 1A for 206 S.  Follow 206 south for 1.5 miles.  Stanton Avenue is on the right between Park Street and Amboy Road.  The sign is smaller than normal.  Turn right on Stanton, drive down to the end of the road to park.

  • From Orchard Avenue-Follow the trail from the parking area west toward the bluff. It will fork and rejoin as you make your way over a knoll and down into valley behind the bluff. This is the site of an Indian village There is a short trail up onto the bluff from which you may overlook the whole marsh 50 feet below. The main trail goes south across a ravine and through a Mountain Laurel thicket (unique in this part of New Jersey. Along the way are side trails to spectacular views from the top of the bluff, sixty feet above the tidal marsh and Crosswicks Creek. Where the trail turns east toward Stanton Avenue, take the side trail to the south (downstream) to explore the Creek beach.

    The beach will only be there at low tide, since it is tidal. Do not allow children to play in the water as the current can be fast and dangerous. This trail is NOT A LOOP. It ends at Stanton Road.

    For more information about the Hamilton-Trenton Marsh, as well as maps, scheduled field trips, guides, etc. see Friends for the Marsh.

    Additional resources include the Partnership for the Delaware Estuary. For more information call 1-800-445-4935 or visit their web site at Partnership for a Delaware Estuary.

  • The oak woods on the top of the bluff are dominated by White, Chestnut, and Black Oaks with numerous Tulip Poplars and Black Gums. On the bluff itself, and as undergrowth in the older part of the woods, are dense thickets of Mountain Laurel and Great Rhododendron. Look for damage done to the trees (toppled and broken off trees) by a tornado in June of 1996. Note the amount of undergrowth in this area.

    The deer herd in this area is very small. Spring birds are plentiful and include scarlet tanagers, brown thrashers, titmice and chickadees. At the overlooks, look for bald eagles, marsh hawks, red tailed hawks and wetland birds.

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  • There is evidence that the Native American Paleo-Indians occupied this area for 8,000-10,000 years to the colonial period. Traces of a large village on this site include fire-fractured rocks, pottery, tools and ornaments. Colonists settled the area in 1648.

    The Bordentown Bluffs were part of the “Point Breeze” estate of Joseph Bonaparte, brother of Napoleon, from 1817 to 1834 when Joseph returned to Europe. The land is now part of the D&R Canal State Park.

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  • Photos

    Abbott Marshlands: Bordentown Bluffs
    Abbott Marshlands: Bordentown Bluffs
    Abbott Marshlands: Bordentown Bluffs
    Abbott Marshlands: Bordentown Bluffs


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