It doesn’t get more convenient than living in Burlington, NJ.
You’re in a prime location where you’re able to enjoy New Jersey’s
diverse topography, from marshes and pine forests to open fields
and rolling hills, and you don’t even have to travel that far.
This state park is nearly 1,300 acres. Hikers, cyclists and
joggers are welcome, but it should be noted that there are no
staffed facilities on site. There are miles of trails covering
varying landscapes, making an ideal habitat for animal observation,
as many species of plants and animals, particularly birds, call
Rancocas State Park home. The Rancocas
Nature Center sits on 210 acres within the state park. The
Nature Center provides environmental education, including nature
trails, guided walks and summer campus, for the surrounding
The Burlington Township Recreation Department manages
several parks, including Green Acres, which has newly renovated
tennis courts, picnic pavilions, and walking trails. Green Acres
also has football and soccer fields.
A part of a series of three preserves along its namesake creek,
Assiscunk Creek Park offers walking and biking
trails, sports fields, playgrounds, and scenic overlooks along the
creek. The park is full of mature trees, ponds, and an array of
wildlife, making it the perfect spot for fishing and
Sitting on more than 370 acres, Crystal Lake Park’s rugged, untouched feel allows
visitors to get back to nature. The topographically diverse
landscape has forests, a freshwater lake and wetlands, and diverse
plant and bird populations. Visitors can enjoy fishing, hiking,
biking and horseback riding in the scenic, natural setting.
There is something for everyone at Pennington Park. The park offers scenic views of
Rancocas Creek and several different habitats including wetlands,
tidal ponds and marshlands, creeks and shorelines, and meadows. The
diverse landscape is home to an equally diverse range of birds and
other wildlife, making it an ideal spot for observation. Visitors
can enjoy hiking, biking or rollerblading on the park’s extensive
There are two playgrounds and several picnicking areas,
including pavilions and picnic shelters with grills that can be
rented. Pennington Park is dog-friendly and has two separate play
areas for large and small dogs. If you have a green thumb and enjoy
gardening, the park leases 120 garden plots seasonally.
This 115 acre park offers visitors sanctuary along the Rancocas
Creek. Long Bridge Park has trails for biking, hiking and
wildlife observation in a natural environment. There are two
playgrounds and picnic areas that are available for rental.
Formerly known as Lebanon State Forest, Brendan T. Byrne State Forest is a solid 30
minutes from Burlington, but it’s worth the trip. The thick,
fragrant pine tree forests are a far cry from the barren mass of
land that existed in the 1800s. Today the park has more than 25
miles of marked trails of varying levels of difficulty for hiking,
biking, horseback riding and wildlife life observation.
Weather-permitting, visitors can also enjoy snow shoeing and cross
country skiing. The Batona Trail stretches nearly 50 miles and runs
through the park, connecting it to the Wharton and Bass River State Forests. The park has areas
for camping and picnicking, and hunting is permitted in certain
Burlington gives you access to several nearby parks and other green spaces, and with Pennsylvania right across the river there is even more opportunity for outdoor recreation.