Just Imagine the Discoveries You Can Make Along the Byway
An abundance of natural and cultural history accented by scenic views
Sprinkled across the beautiful sand dunes, coastal marshes and forested swaths are key habitats for international migratory shorebirds and endangered species, a vast network of trails with wildlife observation platforms and historic landmarks.
In 1992 the Delaware Bay Estuary was designated as a “Wetlands of International Significance” because of its location for important migratory events. The Bay is known for having the largest population of spawning horseshoe crabs in the world!
Fun that’s made for families
The Bayshore Heritage Byway’s many offerings, from history to natural scenery to recreation, make it a great destination for your family’s next adventure. One spot your family won’t want to miss is the Bridgeton City Park. Here you can explore nature trails; playgrounds, playing fields, tennis and basketball courts; the free-admission Cohanzick Zoo; and a large splash park. There’s so much to do on the Byway!
History you can find only here
From the Greenwich Tea Burning Monument commemorating the Greenwich Tea Burning of 1774 to the large collection of Native American artifacts at the Cumberland County Prehistorical Museum to the area's ties to the Underground Railroad, the byway has no shortage of historical significance to explore.
Local Cuisine and Lodging
The region’s maritime heritage brings a distinctly local flair and relaxing atmosphere that is perfect for dining out with the family. Enjoy fresh seafood and locally-grown foods at the many restaurants on the byway. Close to the byway you’ll find charming bed & breakfasts, coastal inns, historic hotels and welcoming campgrounds.Click here for information on local restaurants and lodging. Explore the area around the byway, check out the chamber of commerce for Salem County, Cumberland County and Cape May County.
What to Do on Your Byway Adventure
Hiking, fishing, picnicking, cross-country skiing, sledding
Fort Mott was part of a three-fort defense system designed for the Delaware River during the post-Civil War modernization period. Today, visitors can explore the fortifications on self-guided tours with interpretive signs, hike trails, fish, picnic, cross-country ski and sled.
Learn the history of the Hancock Family, a prominent Salem County family, and their home’s tie to the Revolutionary War. The Hancock House was built in 1734 and turned into a museum in 1932.
Explore 1,100 acres of walking and nature trails, picnic areas, playgrounds, playing fields, tennis and basketball courts, 7,500-square-foot splash park, and the free-admission Cohanzick Zoo set in the Bridge-ton Historical District.
Fortescue State Marina and Beaches Spur
A beautiful, peaceful beach with stunning scenery. Come here to enjoy the Delaware Bay, watch the birds and fish. Look for mussels, horseshoe crabs, seashells and sea glass on your trip.
Situated along the Maurice River on the Delaware Bay, visiting East Point Lighthouse is equal parts picturesque, historic and educational. The active lighthouse and museum are open year-round for tours. Visit the lighthouse website for hours of operation.
A fun way to experience the water and travel from New Jersey to Delaware! There’s plenty to see while onboard the ferry, picture wide open ocean views, and maybe some wildlife too.
Hiking, fishing, picnicking, birding, sightseeing
Hiking, fishing, picnicking, birding and sightseeing are just some of the activities to do at Cape May Point State Park. A great spot to view bird migrations is from the Hawk Viewing Platform! Visit the Cape May Lighthouse and World War II bunker located in the park.
Visit this early American open-air living history museum to see what architecture, lifestyles, arts, history and culture were like in a rural South Jersey village during the early to mid-19th century.
Restrooms along the beach in Cape May Point
Find additional restrooms along the beach front. Comfort stations along the boardwalk are open year round.