County Parks and Historic Sites
Encompassing over 370 acres, Crystal Lake Park welcomes
visitors to a rugged and topographically diverse setting. With
upland and lowland forests, a freshwater lake and wetlands, diverse vegetation
and bird species, visitors can enjoy hiking, biking, fishing and horseback
riding in a rustic natural atmosphere. The rural and rugged feeling of the
park’s natural surroundings has been maintained to create a wilderness
experience for all who visit.
A variety of habitats and the wildlife they
support can be viewed from natural overlooks and ridges along the trails
and footpaths. Bring your camera to photograph the many birds, butterflies
and wildflowers that bloom from late winter to early autumn. While using
the trails, visitors might see white-tailed deer, red fox, gray squirrels,
cottontail rabbits, red-tailed hawks, great blue herons, and a wide variety of
waterfowl species and several species of turtles. The Park is home to
native rhododendron and mayapple, and more than 100 other species of plants,
many of which are extremely rare for Southern New Jersey. Surprises can be
found at nearly every turn in the trail. Crystal Lake is also part of a
working farm. Please respect the agricultural areas.
Development of facilities is being kept to a minimum, so .
• Hiking, biking and equestrian trails
• Portable restroom facilities
Crystal Lake features more than 3 miles of marked trails traversing a variety
of terrain types. Please stay on the trails and be mindful of the terrain.
Some trails are quite steep. Park trails are designated for shared use by
hikers, all-terrain bicyclists and horseback riders. Cross-country skiing and
snowshoeing are also welcome when trails are snow-covered. Equestrian use
is permitted only on the yellow trail and Forest Edge Path. Refer to the
trail guide and trail markers. Bicyclists and horseback riders must
yield to hikers.
- The park is open to the public from 8AM to dusk.