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Rancocas State Park
Rancocas State Park Red Tail Hawk © Bill Horodeski
Red tail hawk found along walking trail
Rancocas State Park albino deer © Bill Horodeski
Albino deer spotted in Rancocas State Park
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Powhatan Indian Reservation Drive
Hainesport, New Jersey   08036
(lat:39.9946 lon:-74.8419) map location

Phone: 609-726-1191
The Rancocas Creek is the idyllic setting for hiking, casual picnicking and nature observation in this lesser known park. The Audubon Society operates a nature center within the park and sponsors wildlife programs. A portion of the park is leased to the Powhatan Indians. A replica of the Indian village of the 1600s has been constructed on this site. The annual Powhatan Indian event is a festival of music, performances and crafts.
The park offers a variety of boating options for visitors. Canoeing and kayaking are popular activities, with rentals available on-site during the summer months. The waterways within the park provide excellent opportunities to explore its natural beauty from a unique perspective. Motorized boats aren't permitted in order to maintain peace and tranquility as well as protect local wildlife habitats.
You can enjoy freshwater fishing in the park's creek, known for its abundance of fish. Species include largemouth bass and sunfish.

The North Branch offers excellent opportunities to catch catfish or carp.

For those who love fly-fishing, trout are stocked seasonally.

Remember that a valid New Jersey fishing license is required before casting your line.

Rancocas State Park offers picnic areas with tables and grills. It also has pavilions available for larger gatherings or events.
Cycling enthusiasts should be aware that the park offers multi-use trails suitable for biking. However, caution is advised as these paths are also shared with hikers and horseback riders.

The terrain varies from flat to slightly inclined areas, making it a good choice for both beginners and experienced cyclists. But always remember safety first - helmets are strongly recommended.

It's important to note that off-trail cycling isn't permitted in order to preserve natural habitats within the area.

During wet conditions or after heavy rainfalls, bikers might find some sections of trail muddy or flooded so plan accordingly.

Lastly, please respect all signage regarding restricted access zones while enjoying your ride through this beautiful locale.
The park offers diverse birding opportunities with over 250 species. It features a variety of habitats including wetlands, forests and meadows. Birdwatchers can spot hawks, owls, warblers among others during different seasons. The Bluewater Trail is particularly popular for spotting waterfowl and shorebirds.
Area Attractions
Juried American Indian Arts Festivals:The arts festivals are held in May and October and are sponsored by the Powhatan Indians. For more information, call (609) 261-4747.

New Jersey Audubon Society Nature Center:The New Jersey Audubon Nature Center has nature trails and guided walks. For more information, call (609) 261-2495.

Rancocas Natural Area (58 acres):

A network of trails wanders through upland and lowland hardwood forest, leading hikers along the North Branch of the Rancocas Creek and an extensive freshwater tidal marsh. The diversity of the landscape provides habitat for numerous species of birds and animals. The natural area features a self-guided interpretive trail with highlighted points of interest.

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Rancocas State Park can be reached by I-295, exit 45A or via Route 38 into Mount Holly. Proceeding onto the Mount Holly bypass, make a left at the second traffic light. Follow signs to the park for about 4 miles.

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