Cooper River Trail

Camden County, New Jersey

Elevation Gain220ft
Trailhead Elevation27ft
Elevation Min/Max1/27ft
Elevation Start/End27/27ft

Cooper River Trail

Cooper River Trail is a hiking and biking trail in Camden County, New Jersey. It is 4.8 miles long and begins at 27 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 8.8 miles with a total elevation gain of 220 feet. The Cooper River Driving Range recreation ground is near the trailhead. National Guard Parking, free parking for park and dog run., and other parkings can be seen along the trail. There are also parkings, a wood, and a picnic site along the trail. This trail connects with the following: South Park Drive Path.

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Best Bike Rides Philadelphia (Falcon Guides)
Tom Hammell and Mark Ploegstra
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"Cooper River Park is a showcase park for Camden County. Built in 1936 by Works Progress Administration (WPA) workers, the park features a river that has been reclaimed from its industrial past and that regularly hosts sporting events such as rowing tournaments and triathlons. Cooper River Park serves as a nice oasis to the urban landscape that surrounds it. It may only be 346 acres but there are a lot of things tucked into this park that make it a popular place. Besides the trail that you will be riding, the park also has a stadium, yacht club, dog park, miniature golf, and a sculpture garden." Read more
Quiet Water New Jersey and Eastern Pennsylvania (Appalachian Mountain Club Books)
Kathy Kenley
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"You’ll find waterfowl, turtles, and abundant birdlife at these two lakes. Cooper River Lake Park has come alive over the years. The city has cleaned up its waters and created a lovely park along a 2.5-mile stretch of the Cooper River where it widens to a few hundred yards—enough to call it a lake, at least by the standards of south Jersey, which is not known for having extremely large bodies of water. For those who live in the densely populated Camden area and need a place close to home, this section of the river landscaped with trees, shrubs, small garden areas, sculpture gardens, a multiuse trail, and a playground provides the perfect refuge. The best paddling is on the eastern end, where the shores become more wooded and you’re farther from bustling traffic. Carp, bass, sunnies, and catfish inhabit the lake, as does a large population of turtles and frogs. Herons, egrets, ducks, and geese make their home here. Many paddlers who live in the densely populated area along the Delaware River from Gloucester City to Riverside come here after work or on weekends for a workout. It’s close, convenient, and the restrooms at the boathouse are sparkling clean. The boathouse is primarily used by rowing teams and may become crowded at times, but both the restrooms and launch facilities are open to the public. The large public floating dock launches usually have a number of portable toilets on-site." Read more

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Trail Information

Camden County
Nearby City
Cooper River Park
Local Contacts
New Jersey Atlas and Gazetteer, Map 54; USGS Camden
Local Maps

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Dec 2018