Hiking in Cape May

Beyond the quaint Victorian charm of Cape May's historic center are miles of natural hiking trails waiting to be explored. Let the wisping sea breezes guide you on a path of discovery through the untouched natural splendor of the New Jersey cape.

The Garrett Family Preserve

Very Easy

Most of the six trails are a fraction of a mile long, geared more for meandering through what was once a family farm, while the orange-marked perimeter trail runs two miles along the outside of the preserve.

Cape May Promenade


Along Beach Avenue from 2nd Avenue to Madison Avenue Cape May’s promenade stretches for nearly two miles, taking you on a scenic walk or run past Cape May’s beaches.

Northwood Center


For those just starting out, or those who don’t want to commit to a long walk, take the short trail at Cape May Bird Observatory’s Northwood Center, across from Lake Lily.

Cape May Point State Park

Easy to Moderate

At the far side of the parking lot stands a trailhead. Trails range from a half-mile to 1.5 miles, each in a loop.

Cape May Meadows


The main trail runs from the gravel parking lot off Sunset Boulevard, offering an excellent chance to see wading birds, ducks, geese, hawks and eagles. One mile loop trail, with connections to other trails and to the state park.

Higbee Beach


In the northwest corner of Cape Island, at the end of New England Road, sits the rutted parking lot of Higbee Beach Wildlife Management Area. A path leads through wooded dunes to a Delaware Bay beach. More than 1,000 acres with soft sand and winding paths. Dogs must be leashed.