Wheelabrator Wildlife Refuge
600 Crown Point Rd (route 130S)
All I can say is, “Wow.” I have lived right down the street for years and have never heard of this place. I can literally walk here. I am now all giddy inside because I found an AWESOME place to visit that is right around the corner.
This refuge is stunning! It is 75 acres of undeveloped land (which is unheard of in our vicinity). With wooded walks, meadows, grassy fields, a butterfly garden, and wetlands to boast a few of its offerings.
The refuge offers informational plaques and a number of viewing wooden decks along your hike.
After you are done checking out the garden, head on back towards the meadow.
This will take you towards the hiking trails in the woods.
You’ll come along this shack. I’m not sure what it is to be honest with you.
Keep going back towards the woods.
You’ll soon reach a decent hiking path. Take the left path.
Continue through you will see some plaques on the fence offering little insights about the Wheelabrator processing facility.
You will soon start to hit these gorgeous viewing docks so you can take in all the nature around you. This is the first deck.
Continue along you will see a fork in the trail. Head to the right. You will come along to such beautiful ferns and will take you down to the wetlands.
Head back up the way you came and go to the fork again. Going left this time. I stumbled upon massive monarch butterflies. I have never seen so many flying around in my life. It was gorgeous.
If you look closely you can see the butterfly. I then came upon a dirt road. I didn’t venture further along because I was carrying my 11 month old. The stroller could only get past the first viewing deck.
Haha. See the stroller in the picture.
There is also a sheltered picnic pavilion so you can bring a bagged lunch.
The refuge is gorgeous. I can’t wait to hike further along when it’s a little cooler out. It was 95 degrees out when I came here. It was nicely shaded within the woods. I must say.
There are some brick ruins along the path. They may be from the prestigious Washington Amusement Park. People would flock as far away as NYC to vacation here. This land also contained the largest ferris wheel in the world at the time.
However, if you live in the Camden/Gloucester County area and enjoy hiking this is a fabulous place to ferret out. Bring the kiddies around nature. They won’t get over the gazillion monarch butterflies flying around. There’s a butterfly garden on the premises. You won’t believe this is in our backyard.
I wrote a follow up on the Westville Refuge. This talks about the amusement park that once resided on the property. You can view that here:
Westville Wildlife Refuge Part II
Truly is an amazing place!