Swamp Fever (Trenton-Hamilton Marsh)
If you’ve ever driven south of Trenton on Rte. 29, you’ve probably noticed that the interchange with Interstates 295 and 195 is built in the midst of a major wetlands. The area, known alternately as the Trenton-Hamilton Marsh, or the Trenton-Hamilton-Bordentown Marsh, is a 1,250 acre protected wetlands and wildlife preserve.
If you’re like me, a marsh may not be the first place that comes to mind when you think of outdoor excursions (I generally think of mountains and trout streams), but then you’d be missing one of the most fascinating natural resources in the area.
You can go walking on some 8 miles of trails in Mercer County, and another 4-6 miles in Burlington County, not to mention the Delaware and Raritan Canal State Park that cuts across the Marsh. Yes, it is flat (an advantage to some).
There’s fishing in most of the lakes (at least until the Lilly pads grow in and take away much of the surface area for fishing).
You can go birding for species you’ll find few other places in the area, including red wing blackbirds.
You can go canoeing and kayaking through the Marsh and along Crosswicks Creek. While I confess I haven’t done it, it looks on the map that you can arrange a car shuttle, putting in near the northern access points, and taking out at “Bordentown Beach.” Of course, you don’t need my advice, you can paddle with experts: the Piney Paddlers, working with the Sierra Club, organizes a group trip roughly every two weeks during the season. Click on their link for times and dates.
Here we’ve collected some of the available information about walking, organized by access point. There’s a lot more if you muck around the websites above, or start googling the marsh.
Northern Access Points:
Central Access Points: