About Salem County
Located in the heart of the Delaware Valley, Salem County is nearby to everything yet far enough away from Philadelphia, Wilmington, Camden and their suburbs to make one forget that more than 6 million people populate this urbanized area. Salem County is home to scenic farmlands and beautiful historic towns featuring quaint shops, historical structures and lovely homes.
Salem County and the surrounding area offer 19 vineyards and 16 wineries; most have been producing award-winning wines for decades. Many delightful day trips and weekends can be spent visiting these wineries and enjoying the different physical characteristics and selections of excellent wines.
Salem County is rich in history and is filled with beautiful parks and recreational areas. Fort Mott State Park was built at the end of the 19th Century to defend the Delaware River. Today, it is listed as a historic site on the New Jersey Coastal Heritage Trail and features picnic areas, open fields and a shoreline along the Delaware River that makes an enjoyable walk. Parvin State Park is a beautiful forested area with camping, swimming, picnicking and canoe rentals. Benches and scenic views overlook the flowering trails and is the perfect place to spend the day. The infamous Hancock House is a NJ State Historical Site as is currently open as a museum.
Salem County is well known for the Cowtown Rodeo, one of only two weekly rodeos in America, as well as the Appel Farms Art & Musical Festival, held annually at Appel Farms in Elmer, NJ. The Salem County Fairgrounds are home to the annual Salem County Fair and feature other events including the Delaware Valley Bluegrass Festival.
With nearly 43% of its land under active farm cultivation, Salem County is known as “The Garden Spot of the Garden State.” Since colonial times, farming and agriculture has been the economic mainstay for most of Salem County. Salem County features many farm markets, "u-pick" farms, wineriers, fairs and fall festivals, autumn corn mazes, and nurseries and garden centers.