Trail Guides
Lake Marguerite Wildlife Preserve and Griffith Woods Natural Area

Jonestown Road, Washington Township, NJ
Phone: (908) 689-7200

OWNER:  Washington Township

DIRECTIONS:  Return to CR 623 South/Brass Castle Road turning Right at the stop sign. After 2.4 miles turn Left onto Jonestown Road. After less than 0.1 miles turn Left into the driveway between the wooden fences.   Map
ACCESS AND PARKING:  Open daily from dawn to dusk. Parking is adequate but the lot is not paved. No hunting is allowed, and fishing is limited to those under the age of fifteen. No motor vehicles, horseback riding, camping, ice-skating or swimming allowed. Pets must be leashed.

Hermit Thrush
Hermit ThrushScott Elowitz
SITE DESCRIPTION:  The 22-acre Lake Marguerite Wildlife Refuge and the 44-acre Griffith Woods Natural Area are contiguous properties that offer an exceptional outdoor experience. The focal point of the properties is Lake Marguerite, which has a small waterfall/spillway that feeds the network of streams below. Visitors can hike along the well-maintained, level trails and weave through the wetlands of Griffith Woods. Access to the wetlands is enhanced with several footbridges that crisscross the streams. Be sure to allow plenty of time to stop and enjoy the tranquil setting.

DON'T MISS:  Walk the 1.5 mile Red Trail through the wetlands and along the streams.

Winter:  When temperatures fall below freezing, the lake’s waterfall and surrounding wetlands are a must for nature photographers. The variety of habitats, open meadow, lake, forest and wetlands also provide plenty of opportunities for wildlife viewing. Hermit Thrush, a cousin of the American Robin, may be identified by looking for its bobbing, reddish tail.
Spring:  Snapping turtles and nesting Canada Geese are often encountered near the lake, which will also draw a variety of migrating birds.
Summer:  As the summer months heat up, the lake and streams offer ideal places to explore for fish, turtles and nesting birds. Listen for the distinctive “rattling” call of the Belted Kingfisher as it flies along the stream corridors sporting its gorgeous blue and white plumage. The Red Trail traverses level terrain and children will enjoy crossing the many small bridges over the streams.
Fall:  The sound of moving water attracts migrating birds in search of fresh water. Hermit Thrush arrives and will remain through winter. Prepare for the challenge of identifying migrating warblers garbed in their duller basic plumage, such as Yellow-rumped, Yellow and Black-and-white Warblers and Common Yellowthroat. Look to the sky for Cooper’s, Red-tailed, Sharp-shinned and Red-shouldered Hawks. Fall is an ideal time to enjoy the colorful maples in and around the preserve.

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