Crow’s Woods Nature Preserve – Haddonfield, Camden County, NJ
Distance: 1.5 miles of trails. We did 1.2 of a mile largely following the White Trail.
Type: Loop trail.
Difficulty: 2 of 10.
Total score: 6 of 10.
Updated: March 5, 2017
Terrain – hill, swamps, woods, creek.
Trailheads – 39°52’53.27″N, 75° 1’30.00″W
Directions: It’s at the very end of South Atlantic Avenue in Haddonfield, NJ. From Warwick Road, turn onto Upland Road (there is only one way to turn). After you go under the railroad bridge, make the immediate right turn onto S. Atlantic Avenue. Follow this road past the ball fields until it dead ends into the preserve’s parking lot. The ball fields are also labeled Crow’s Woods, but that’s not what your looking for here.
Parking: Small lot.
Dog friendly? Very. Be warned, many people walk their dogs offleash here.
Stroller friendly? Yes, but with big wheels and the willingness to do some major dragging up and down steps
Benches? A few near the entrence.
Standouts – Some nice up-and-downs. Nice view of the Cooper River. Some nice bridges. BEAVERS active in the park!
Markings – Blazes on the trees. Get a little muddled after the bridges, as someone else has painted their own colored trails/arrows/graffiti.
Description: April Fool’s Day was a great day. I got out work early, it was not raining, it was sunny, and it was warm! With this perfect storm of awesomeness, The Pres, Tree Rider, and I headed to Crow’s Woods Nature Preserve for a hike. Right off the bat, the think to look out for here is…
Beavers moved in a few years ago, so we kept our eyes peeled for evidence of them.
At the split in the trail (almost immediate), we decided to head left and down the hill. Down, down, down the steps we went.
At the bottom of the hill, the trail curves around until it reaches the Indian Spring. A sign explains what’s going on, and a really short side trail gives you a closer look.
As you continue along, the red trail, green trail, and blue trail will curve right to meet the other side of the white loop. It’s worth it to stick to White Trail. It will head down a hill, up a hill, then down a hill to the wooden bridge.
After the bridge, it gets a little confusing. Ignore the super-steep “trails” up the cliff. Make a hard left and follow along the water. It will climb part way, then cut back to climb the rest of the way up the hill. Follow the blazes along the top of the cliff. You’ll pass a rope swing, keep an eye out for it. At some point, the trail makes a sharp left and heads toward the Cooper River, but we missed it the first time around. Head down to the river and check it out.
You’re now at the furthest point of the trail. Along the river, it will bend back on itself. It will climb back up the ridge, then head down another set of steps to another bridge. From there, it’s more or less a straight shot paralleling the train tracks (The Pres reminds you to wave at the trains, then say “Bye bye choo-choo!” after they pass) back to the parking lot.
Our one and only video is of Crows Woods, featuring BEAVER FOOTAGE. It was pretty awesome.
Overall recommendation: So we ended up moving (again) a few years back, and this is now the closest trail to our house, so we have been here well over a dozen times. We love coming here, the bridges and the steps keep things interesting, we’ve seen lots of birds, and now we always look for a beaver.
Nearby: Haddonfield is great, check out the Haddrosaurus site, the Indian King Tavern, and the other nearby trails like the Tree Trail at Hopkins Pond