Cape May Point State Park
|Cape May Point State Park|
|Location||Cape May Point|
|Area||235 acres (0.95 km2)|
|Operated by||New Jersey Division of Parks and Forestry|
Cape May Point State Park is a 235 acres (0.95 km2) state park located in Cape May Point, New Jersey. It has walking, hiking and nature trails as well as beaches, an exhibit gallery, a ranger office and is the site of the Cape May Light. The park is operated and maintained by the New Jersey Division of Parks and Forestry.
Cape May Point State Park is considered to be one of the best places in North America to view the Fall bird migration to the south. Because of this, birding is one of the most prominent activities conducted at the park.
Every fall, visitors converge from across the country to witness the migration of most types of North American migratory birds in great numbers. Every year the a hawk watch is also held, in which the numbers of various types of migratory birds of prey are counted during a several month period.
Birds can be seen in the Park at three areas. These are the hawk watching platform (for hawks), the nature and hiking trails (for songbirds) and the beach (shorebirds). For the most part, birds of many varieties can be seen at all of these areas year round.
The park has three hiking trails, each designated by a color. All three start and end at the parking lot. The Red trail, a boardwalk trail which is wheelchair accessible, is 0.5 mi (0.80 km) long. It has several observation platforms. The Yellow trail is 1.5 mi (2.4 km) long and is part boardwalk and part dirt. It begins from the red trail and has one additional birding platform. The Blue trail, closed for a long time due to hurricane damage in the 1960s, reopened again in the 1990s. It is 2.0 mi (3.2 km) long, part of which is on the beach.
During World War I and World War II the park was the Cape May Military Reservation. Remnants of a gun battery, part of the Harbor Defenses of the Delaware, can be seen today. A 6-inch gun was mounted near the former Coast Guard station in World War I, but the emplacement has been demolished. Three batteries were in the park area in World War II. These were Battery 223 with two 6-inch guns on shielded mounts, with an ammunition and fire control bunker between them, Battery 25 with four towed 155 mm guns on concrete Panama mounts, and Anti-Motor Torpedo Boat battery (AMTB) 7, with four 90 mm guns, two on fixed mounts and two on towed mounts. Only the bunker for Battery 223 remains visible, stripped of its original earth cover. A beach restoration project in 2005 covered the remains of the other emplacements.
- "Cape May Point State Park". New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection. Retrieved 23 July 2010.
- Cape May Military Reservation at American Forts Network
- Cape May Military Reservation at FortWiki.com
- Berhow, Mark A., Ed. (2015). American Seacoast Defenses, A Reference Guide, Third Edition. McLean, Virginia: CDSG Press. p. 211. ISBN 978-0-9748167-3-9.
- NJ Division of Parks and Forestry, Cape May Point State Park
- Migrating birds along the New Jersey shore