A brand new waterfront park is open in East Camden along the Delaware River. The former landfill site turned spectacular hillside park includes views of the Ben Franklin Bridge, Philly skyline, and the Delaware River and its back channel along the east side of Petty’s Island.
Getting to Cramer Hill Waterfront Park from the Ben Franklin Bridge pedestrian walkway is easy. Once you arrive at the base on the Camden side, it’s only a 5 minute bike ride and a 20 minute walk to the park. There is even a separate pedestrian and cyclist bridge that takes you safely over the Cooper River near the park's main entrance.
We recently took a bike ride from Penn Treaty Park in Philadelphia to Cramer Hill Waterfront Park to check it out. Our journey began at Penn Treaty Park in Fishtown which is across the Delaware River from the park. The sun was shimmering off the water, and we could just barely see some of the trails on the Camden side of the river.
Next, we biked south along the new Delaware River Trail in Northern Liberties. Then after winding through some cobble stoned side streets near Old City, we arrived at the entrance of the Ben Franklin Bridge Pedestrian Walkway. The steady climb upward revealed magnificent views of the Camden and Philly skylines from high above the river.
After a pause at the top, we got back on our bike for the downhill portion of this bridge crossing, and arrived at the base of the walkway in Camden. A pedestrian tunnel just a few feet away, makes it easy to cross under the highway, and emerge in North Camden. Then it’s a short walk or bike ride to the pedestrian bridge crossing over the Cooper River at 10th and State streets, and once you cross, you have arrived at Cramer Hill Waterfront Park. The main park entrance is at Harrison Avenue and State Street where visitors can also access transit connections to NJ Transit bus routes 419 and 452.
Park your bike at the bike rack right at the main entrance or bring it with you and ride on approximately 3 miles of paved trails that loop and wind through the park and along the water. This park has a playground, tons of benches, kayak launch area, amazing views of Philly and Camden, informative signage, a small lake with a pedestrian bridge over it, and a “selfie-stone” set at the perfect height for you to take an epic picture of yourself with the Philly skyline set behind you.
Camden continues to reimagine and redevelop its waterfront, and this park is a tremendous asset to the North and East Camden communities. GoPhillyGo can get you easy walking, biking, and transit directions to Cramer Hill Waterfront Park, and help you enjoy some time relaxing by the water without the hassle of traffic, tolls, and parking.