Bordentown Township

Abbott Marshlands: Northern Community Park
Bordentown Township, NJ 08620

Overview of Selected Trail

Northern Community Park Trail starts at the recreational fields of this Bordentown park and continues on to the adjacent D&R Canal State Park. It descends from the top of the bluff near the athletic fields, and follows the bluff to a trail to the top.

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Flora & Fauna
  • Abbott Marshlands: Northern Community Park
  • Distance:

    1.1 miles round trip


    Approximately 30-60 minutes



    Trail Usage:

    Walking/Hiking, Dogs permitted on leash


    There is a change of elevation of sixty feet getting onto the trail and climbing up to the top of the bluff at the end.




    There is parking for over 50 cars in the parking lot.


    For more information about the Abbot Marshlands, as well as maps, scheduled field trips, guides, etc. visit the Abbot Marshlands website.




    Take Interstate 95 to Interstate 295 to Exit 60A (Shore Points) Interstate 195. Exit off I 195 at Exit 1A onto 206S. Follow 206 south for 1.2 miles to a U-turn by turning right onto Maple Avenue. Stay left and turn onto 206 N. Stay on 206 N for 0.4 miles. Take a SHARP right onto Groveville Rd. Follow this road for 0.3 miles to Northern Community Park on the left.

  • The trail starts from a busy recreation area of baseball diamonds, tennis courts, playground and restrooms near the parking lot. There are several trails that braid their way down to the bottom of the bluff. At the bottom of the bluff turn east and follow the trail along the side of a swamp. Stay on the trail at the BASE of the bluff. Other paths may depart the base of the cliff but they are dead ends. The trail winds through Beech, Oak, Sycamore and magnificent Tulip Trees. Take the upper fork right after crossing a small ravine. This will take you to the top of the bluff. Follow the trail along the top of the bluff along the edge of the playing fields back to the parking lot.

  • Look for magnificent Tulip trees on the face of the bluff. There are numerous Red Maple and River Birch in the flat swamp land below. The understory consists of wild Blueberry, Spice Bush, native Azalea and Sweet Pepper Bush. There are large patches of Lycopodium in the swamp and ferns and Mountain laurel along the bluff. In the fall, the Black Gum trees at the edge of the swamp turn a phosphorescent orange and maroon.

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