Cape May Point State Park

Cape May, New Jersey 8204

Cape May Point State Park

Cape May Point State Park Professional Review and Guide

"A late-summer cold front blasts out of the northwest, and in the dark of night all across the northern U.S. and Canada, birds take flight. By September up to 12 million per evening appear on airport radar screens. They pour south on powerful tail winds in an ancient migration that still intrigues ornithologists. One great focus for the continent’s southward migration is Cape May, New Jersey. Cape May peninsula is to migrating raptors, songbirds, and butterflies what a rest stop is to tired motorists on the Garden State Parkway: a place to reconnoiter, refuel, and restore.

It is the last land a southward flyer encounters before making the challenging thirteen-mile open water crossing of Delaware Bay. The migration opens in August when a few ospreys and bald eagles appear over the point. More than 80,000 raptors—sharp-shinned and broad-winged hawks, harriers, kestrels, Merlin’s, and peregrines—glide through in a single season. More than 200 species of songbird also make the passage. Flycatchers, thrushes, vireos, and warblers wing toward the tropics. Migrating waterfowl and shorebirds add raucous cries and calls to the Cape May cacophony. Amid this tumult, the monarch butterfly passes voicelessly."

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We visited at the end of August. The trail was a little difficult to follow. It looked as if part of it had been blocked off temporarily. So, you should maybe inquire. We still saw most of the trails there were to see and the visit was definitely worth it. The trail takes you through numerous habitats that are lush and beautiful and should hopefully impress you. We have such beautiful vegatation in our region - peoples of the rainforests should come check ours out! Loved the climbing climatis. Some parts of the trail made me think of a sort of Garden of Eden.

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Trail Information

Cape May
Nearby City
Trail Type
Skill Level
1 hour

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Oct 2018