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Scenic Byways in New Jersey

Bayshore Heritage

The 122-mile Bayshore Heritage Byway captures the unique natural and historical landscapes along southern New Jersey's "western shore" in Salem, Cumberland and Cape May counties. The cultural, natural and historic assets along the Delaware River and Delaware Bayshore offer many opportunities to explore this area. This Byway tells the story of communities and cultures that were dependant on the area's natural resources.

With views of the Delaware River and Delaware Bay, the Bayshore Heritage Byway displays the centuries of connection between the communities and surrounding marshlands, farm fields, and historic towns. The route takes travelers through historic cities such as Salem, Bridgeton and Cape May. Over the centuries, Bayshore communities have been dependant on the region's industries based on natural resources

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include fishing, trapping, crabbing, oyster and caviar processing, shipbuilding, iron making, milling, glass making and salt hay farming in addition to traditional agriculture.

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Fast facts:

Length: Approximately 122 Miles (pdf 2.3m)
Route: This byway is located in Salem, Cumberland and Cape May counties along the Delaware River and Delaware Bayshore.

North to south directions with spurs to Fort Mott State Park, Bayside Tract Preservation Site, Fortescue Wildlife Management Area, Port Norris Bivalve and East Point Lighthouse:

  • Begin in Mannington Township at milepost 1.53 on Hawks Bridge Road/County Route 540.
  • Turn right onto Route 45 in Salem and then make a right onto Route 49.

To Fort Mott State Park Spur:

  • Follow Route 49, which turns right onto Front Street/Route 49. Continue straight along Front Street and bear left across the Salem River onto South Broadway/Route 49.
  • Follow Route 49 and make a left onto Freas Road and a right onto Supawna Road.
  • Follow Supawna Road and make a left onto Route 49 and a quick left onto Harrisonville-Lighthouse/County Route 632, which will travel through the Supawna Meadows National Wildlife Refuge.
  • Make a left onto Fort Mott Road/County Route 630 and continue on Fort Mott Road/County Route 630 to Fort Mott State Park on the right.

From Fort Mott State Park:

  • Follow Fort Mott Road/County Route 630 and bear right onto Harrisonville Lighthouse Road/County Route632.
  • Turn right onto Route 49 and make another immediate right onto Supawna Road.
  • Turn left onto Freas Road and right onto Route 49 East. Take Route 49 East into Salem.
  • After crossing the bridge over Salem River, follow Route 49 and bear right at Front Street.
  • Continue through West Broadway, right onto Grieves Parkway and left onto Tilbury Road/County Route 661.
  • Turn right onto Sinnickson's Landing Road/County Route 661. Sinnickson's Landing Road comes to a T.
  • Turn right onto Fort Elfsborg-Salem Road/County Route 625 and bear left onto Fort Elfsborg-Hancocks Bridge Road/County Route 624.
  • Follow Fort Elfsborg Hancock Road/County Route 624 as it comes to a T then turn right onto Salem-Hancocks Bridge Road/County Route 658, which goes over Alloway Creek.
  • Continue on County Route 658 by turning left onto Hancocks Bridge/Harmersville Road/County Route 658 at the traffic light.
  • From Hancocks Bridge/Harmersville Road/County Route 658, bear right onto Harmersville-Canton Road/County Route 623.
  • Continue on Harmersville-Canton Road/County Route 623 into Cumberland County, where it becomes Causeway Road/County Route 623 and Chestnut Road/County Route 623.
  • Continue on County Route 623 which becomes Ye Greate Street/County Route 623.

To Bayside Tract Preservation Site Spur:

  • Follow County Route 623 and turn left onto Bacons Neck Road/County Route 642 and right onto Tindall Island Road/County Route 642.
  • Turn left onto Bayside Road, which ends at the Bayside Tract Preservation Site.

From Bayside Tract Preservation Spur:

  • Take Bayside Road back to the T intersection with Tindall Island Road, turn right onto Tindall Island Road and turn left onto Bacons Neck Road/County Route 642 into Greenwich.
  • At intersection turn right onto Ye Greate Street/County Route 623.
  • Turn left onto Maple Street/Bridgeton-Greenwich Road/County Route 607.
  • Take Greenwich Road/Bridgeton Road/County Route 607 north toward Bridgeton and turn right onto Sheppards Mill Road/County Route 650.
  • Travel to T intersection, turn left onto Dutch Neck Road/County Route 650, and continue into Bridgeton on Fayette Street.
  • Turn right onto Route 49.
  • Take Route 49 east over the Cohansey River and turn right onto Grove Street/ Bridgeton-Fairton Road South/Spur County Route 609 and continue on County Route 553 into Fairton.
  • At T intersection, bear right, continuing on Cedarville Road/County Route 553.
  • Continue on Cedarville Road/County Route 553 which becomes Main Street. The road becomes Cedarville-Newport Road/County Route 553.
  • Continue on Cedarville-Newport Road/County Route 553 through blinker light intersection.

To Fortescue Wildlife Management Area Spur:

  • Turn right onto Baptist Road/County Route 656 and turn left onto Fortescue Road/County Route 637.
  • Follow Fortescue Road/County Route 637 bear left at the Y to stay on Fortescue Road.
  • Continue on Fortescue Road/County Route 637, the Fortescue State Marina is on the right after the bridge. To reach Fortescue and the Delaware Bay, stay on Fortescue Road/County Route 637.

From Fortesque Wildlife Management Area Spur:

  • Follow Fortescue Road/County Route 637 north.
  • Turn right onto Baptist Road/County Route 656 and return to County Route 553, turn right onto Main Street.
  • Turn right onto Turkey Point Road/County Route 664 and follow to the end.
  • Turn left onto Maple Street north to T at Main Street/County Route 553.
  • Turn right onto Main Street/County Route 553 and follow towards Port Norris.

To Port Norris Bivalve Spur:

  • In Port Norris, turn right onto High Street/Commercial Township 631 to reach the Port Norris Bivalve Spur.

From Port Norris Bivalve Spur:

  • Follow High Street and turn right onto Main Street/County Route 553.
  • From County Route 553 turn left onto North Avenue/County Route 649.
  • At Y, County Route 649 bears right, follow North Avenue/County Route 633 it curves slightly to the left.
  • Turn right at the intersection of Highland Street/County Route 676, continue along Highland Street and turn left onto Front Street/County Route 744.
  • Turn right onto the Mauricetown Bypass/County Route 670, which is the Mauricetown Causeway Bridge/County Route 670.
  • Turn right onto Delsea Drive/Route 47 South.
  • Turn right onto Main Street/County Route 616 toward Dorchester and Leesburg. Continue on this road, it becomes River Road.
  • Continue on River Road as it curves left and becomes Menhaden Road.
  • From Menhaden Road make a right onto Main Street/County Route 616 and take south into Heislerville.

To East Point Lighthouse Spur:

  • At the T intersection turn right onto East Point Road and turn right onto Lighthouse Road.

From East Point Lighthouse Spur:

  • Return back along East Point Road and stay on Glade Road/County Route 616 east, turn right onto Delsea Drive/Route 47 South.
  • Follow Delsea Drive/Route 47 south for 20 miles until lighted intersection with Seashore Road/Railroad Avenue/County Route 626 south of milepost 4.5.
  • Turn right at this intersection and continue on Seashore Road/County Route 626.
  • Seashore Road/County Route 626 becomes Route 162, the Cape May Canal and then reverts back to Seashore Road/County Route 626.
  • Continue on Seashore Road/County Route 626 to lighted intersection at Sunset Boulevard/County Route 606 turn right onto Sunset Boulevard/County Route 606.
  • Follow Sunset Boulevard/County Route 606 to Lighthouse Avenue/County Route 629 and turn left just east of milepost 1.
  • Follow Lighthouse Avenue/County Route 629 to Cape May Point State Park.

Bayshore Heritage Byway:
East Point Lighthouse, Heislerville, Cumberland County

(Image provided by:
Cindy Bloom-Cronin)

east point lighthouse photo
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