Cape May Point State Park
Cape May Point (Cape May County)
Size of park: 235 acres
This unassuming park—nestled in fresh and saltwater wetlands at the southernmost tip of the state—boasts some of the most diverse bird varieties on the East Coast. And there is no better time for Cape May birding than autumn.
“In late September through October, when the northwest winds are blowing, you can see some phenomenal birds of prey,” says Matt Pelligrine, the park’s resident naturalist. “It’s not uncommon to have up to 80,000 hawks, eagles, and vultures pass through here.”
Cape May Point is also known for the clouds of migrating monarch butterflies that descend in mid-October.
The park has three trails (one handicap accessible with a boardwalk) through wetlands and sand dunes, each two miles or less long. Three picnic pavilions with charcoal grills are available and a small beach area allows visitors to fish and wade. You also can tour the 157-foot-tall Cape May Lighthouse.
On the first Sunday in October, the park will host Critter Fest, with local farmers, biologists, and animal enthusiasts showcasing myriad creatures. Food and children’s activities will be available all day.Click here to leave a comment