New Jersey Recreation Areas

Looking for awesome outdoor recreation areas in New Jersey? View New Jersey parks and recreation areas below, listed in alphabetical order. Each listing has images, full description, map, directions, activities, phone number, and links to campgrounds and hiking trails within the recreation area.

Brigantine Wilderness, New Jersey Camping & Hiking

Directions The refuge’s headquarters and main public use area is located at its Brigantine Division on the mainland, at Oceanville, New Jersey. From US 9, visitors may enter the refuge via Great Creek Road, which ends at the refuge’s gate. The Barnegat Platform is located in Barnegat on Bay Shore Drive off of Route 9 between Ridgeway and Edison Avenues. The Holgate Wilderness Area is open Sept 1 – March 31. From the Garden State Parkway (north or south): Take Exit 63 (Highway 72) east toward Long Beach Island. Once on the Island, take a right on Long Beach Boulevard. Follow all the way to the end where you will see a parking lot. During the off season, all 3.5 miles is open to walking and surf fishing vehicles with a permit (contact Long Beach Township at 609-361-1200 to obtain a beach buggy permit). Phone 609-652-1665 Activities WILDERNESS Camping Reservations

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Cape May National Wildlife Refuge, New Jersey Camping & Hiking

Directions From the Garden State Parkway, take Exit 10 west into Cape May Court House. At Highway 9 turn south (left), then turn west (right)onto Hand Avenue. At Highway 47 turn south (left) and then west (right)onto Kimbles Beach Road. The Refuge Headquarters is ahead about 1/4-mile on the left. Phone 609-463-0994 Activities INTERPRETIVE PROGRAMS, FISHING, HIKING, HUNTING, WILDLIFE VIEWING, ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION, PHOTOGRAPHY Camping Reservations Reserve your campsite at these camping areas: New Jersey Campgrounds Hiking Trails Looking for nice hiking areas to take a hike? Choose from these scenic hiking trails: New Jersey Hiking Trails Related Link(s) More New Jersey Recreation Areas Cape May National Wildlife Refuge The Cape May National Wildlife Refuge is strategically located to conserve habitat for hundreds of thousands of migratory birds which pass through the area each year. As the New Jersey Coast and the Cape May Peninsula witness the loss of natural habitat,

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Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge, New Jersey Camping & Hiking

Directions The refuge’s headquarters and main public use area is located at its Brigantine Division on the mainland, at Oceanville, New Jersey. From US 9, visitors may enter the refuge via Great Creek Road, which ends at the refuge’s gate. The Barnegat Platform is located in Barnegat on Bay Shore Drive off of Route 9 between Ridgeway and Edison Avenues. Phone 609-652-1665 Activities INTERPRETIVE PROGRAMS, FISHING, HIKING, HUNTING, VISITOR CENTER, WILDLIFE VIEWING, ENVIRONMENTAL EDUCATION, PHOTOGRAPHY Camping Reservations Reserve your campsite at these camping areas: New Jersey Campgrounds Hiking Trails Looking for nice hiking areas to take a hike? Choose from these scenic hiking trails: New Jersey Hiking Trails Related Link(s) More New Jersey Recreation Areas Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge Forsythe NWR, located 10 miles north of Atlantic City, is composed of two separate Divisions, Barnegat in the north and Brigantine in the south. The Brigantine and Barnegat Divisions

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Ellis Island Part of Statue of Liberty National Monument, New Jersey Camping & Hiking

Directions Ellis Island is located in New York Harbor, and can only be reached by boat. Ferries are operated by Statue Cruises, and depart from Battery Park in Lower Manhattan in New York City. Ferries are also available from Liberty State Park in Jersey City, New Jersey. Phone (212) 363-3200 Activities PICNICKING Camping Reservations Reserve your campsite at these camping areas: New Jersey Campgrounds Hiking Trails Looking for nice hiking areas to take a hike? Choose from these scenic hiking trails: New Jersey Hiking Trails Related Link(s) More New Jersey Recreation Areas Ellis Island Part of Statue of Liberty National Monument Official Website Ellis Island Part of Statue of Liberty National Monument Map How far would you travel to find a better life? What if the journey took weeks under difficult conditions? If you answered “Whatever it takes,” you echo the feelings of the 12 million immigrants who passed through

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Great Egg Harbor River, New Jersey Camping & Hiking

Directions Estell Manor Park, where visitors can see the Great Egg Harbor National Scenic and Recreational River, is located 3.5 miles South of Mays Landing, New Jersey, off of Route 50. It is approximately 17 miles west of Atlantic City. There is a stamper for Passport Stamp Books at the Fox Nature Center, and a stamp can be obtained at the mailing address provided below. Phone (215) 597-5823 Activities BIKING, BOATING, CAMPING, FISHING, HIKING, HUNTING, PICNICKING, WILDLIFE VIEWING, PADDLING Camping Reservations Reserve your campsite at these camping areas: New Jersey Campgrounds Hiking Trails Looking for nice hiking areas to take a hike? Choose from these scenic hiking trails: New Jersey Hiking Trails Related Link(s) More New Jersey Recreation Areas Great Egg Harbor River Official Website Great Egg Harbor River Map The River gradually widens as it picks up the waters of 17 tributaries on its way to Great Egg Harbor

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Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge Wilderness, New Jersey Camping & Hiking

Directions From Interstate 78 (westbound): ¢Take exit 40 and turn right on Hillcrest road (County Road 531). ¢Go to stop sign (1 mile), cross Mountain Avenue, staying on Hillcrest Road (531). ¢[Hillcrest Road becomes Mountain Avenue after passing over the Passaic River Bridge] ¢Go straight through the traffic light at the intersection with County Road 512, and continue on Mountain Avenue. ¢[Mountain Avenue is now also County Road 638] ¢Go 1.3 miles to the top of the hill and cross over Long Hill Road onto Meyersville Road. ¢Go down Meyersville Road 0.8 miles to circle, turn left onto New Vernon Road and follow Refuge directional signs. From Interstate 78 (eastbound): ¢Turn left on Hillcrest Road and follow westbound directions. From interstate 287 (southbound and northbound): ¢Take Exit 30A (Basking Ridge/ North Maple Avenue) and bear right onto North Maple Avenue. FOR THE HELEN C. FENSKE VISITOR CENTER (open Thursday/Friday 12

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Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge, New Jersey Camping & Hiking

Directions Great Swamp is located 7 miles south of Morristown, New Jersey From Interstate 287 (Southbound and Northbound): Take Exit 30A (Basking Ridge/North Maple Avenue) and bear right onto North Maple Avenue. Go through the traffic light at Madisonville Road (ignore refuge directional sign pointing left at Madisonville Road) and continue on North Maple Avenue. After one mile North Maple will bear left and become South Maple Avenue. Continue on South Maple Avenue for one mile and turn left onto Lord Stirling Road. After 1.3 miles you will pass over a bridge on the Passaic River. Continue straight on White Bridge Road for one mile and turn left onto Pleasant Plains Road. Follow refuge directional signs to refuge headquarters. From Interstate 78 (westbound): Take Exit 40 and turn right on Hillcrest Road (County Road 531). Go to stop sign (1 mile), cross Mountain Avenue, staying on Hillcrest Road (531). (Hillcrest

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Morristown National Historical Park, New Jersey Camping & Hiking

Directions Morristown National Historical Park is the easiest to see by car. We have 4 different locations throughout the greater Morristown area. Washington’s Headquarters Museum and Ford Mansion as well as Jockey Hollow Visitor Center and Wick House are the two main areas of the Park. Detailed directions are on the park website. They are the best places to start and Rangers can give you directions to the Cross Estate Gardens/New Jersey Brigade Area and Fort Nonsense Area of the park. Phone (973) 539-2016 Camping Reservations Reserve your campsite at these camping areas: New Jersey Campgrounds Hiking Trails Looking for nice hiking areas to take a hike? Choose from these scenic hiking trails: New Jersey Hiking Trails Related Link(s) More New Jersey Recreation Areas Morristown National Historical Park Official Website Morristown National Historical Park Map Morristown National Historical Park commemorates the sites of General Washington and the Continental army™s winter

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New Jersey Pinelands National Reserve, New Jersey Camping & Hiking

Directions The Pinelands National Reserve includes portions of seven southern New Jersey counties, and encompasses over one-million acres of farms, forests and wetlands. It contains 56 communities, from hamlets to suburbs, with over 700,000 permanent residents. Phone (609) 894-7300 Camping Reservations Reserve your campsite at these camping areas: New Jersey Campgrounds Hiking Trails Looking for nice hiking areas to take a hike? Choose from these scenic hiking trails: New Jersey Hiking Trails Related Link(s) More New Jersey Recreation Areas New Jersey Pinelands National Reserve Official Website New Jersey Pinelands National Reserve Map This is truly a special place. It’s classified as a United States Biosphere Reserve and in 1978 was established by Congress as the country™s first National Reserve. It includes portions of seven southern New Jersey counties, and encompasses over one-million acres of farms, forests and wetlands. It contains 56 communities, from hamlets to suburbs, with over 700,000 permanent

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Paterson Great Falls National Historical Park, New Jersey Camping & Hiking

Directions From: Garden State Parkway (New Jersey) North: Take exit 155P on left to Route 19 TO WEST Route 80 Paterson. South: Take Exit 159 (Saddlebrook) on your right. After taking the exit, make your second right onto I-80 West (Paterson). From: Interstate 80 I-80 West: Take Exit 57 A-B. Taking (Exit 57- B) (Downtown Paterson) follow the Downtown Paterson sign. I-80 East: Take (Exit 57- B), take exit Route 80 west Grand St./ Del Water Gap KEEP RIGHT exit. Stay to the right for Grand Street exit ramp. Phone (973) 523-2210 Activities HISTORIC & CULTURAL SITE Camping Reservations Reserve your campsite at these camping areas: New Jersey Campgrounds Hiking Trails Looking for nice hiking areas to take a hike? Choose from these scenic hiking trails: New Jersey Hiking Trails Related Link(s) More New Jersey Recreation Areas Paterson Great Falls National Historical Park Official Website Paterson Great Falls National Historical

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Thomas Edison National Historical Park, New Jersey Camping & Hiking

Directions From the Garden State Parkway take exit 145 or from the New Jersey Turnpike take Exit 15W to Route 280 West. Take Route 280 West to Exit 10. Turn right onto Northfield Avenue. At second light turn left onto Main Street. Go about 0.75 mile to parking on left and Laboratory Complex on the right. From Route 280 East take exit 9. Turn left onto Mt. Pleasant Avenue. At second traffic light turn left onto Main Street. Go about 0.50 mile to parking on left and Laboratory Complex on the right. Phone (973) 736-0550 Camping Reservations Reserve your campsite at these camping areas: New Jersey Campgrounds Hiking Trails Looking for nice hiking areas to take a hike? Choose from these scenic hiking trails: New Jersey Hiking Trails Related Link(s) More New Jersey Recreation Areas Thomas Edison National Historical Park Official Website Thomas Edison National Historical Park Map Thomas Edison™s

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Wallkill River National Wildlife Refuge, New Jersey Camping & Hiking

Directions From I-95 in South Jersey, take I-95 North (NJ Turnpike)to I-287 North. Then take State Route 23 North, through Hamburg, and turn right onto County Route 565 North (Glenwood Rd) by the Bank of New York in Wantage. The Refuge headquarters is 1.5 miles on left. Traveling East on I-84 from Pennsylvania, travel across the Delaware River to New York State. Take New York State Exit 1 (Sussex, NJ) and travel south on State Route 23. Continue on State Route 23 through the borough of Sussex. Turn left on County Route 565 North (Glenwood Rd). Refuge Headquarters is 1.5 miles on left. Traveling West on I-84 in New York State, take Exit 3W (Middletown)and after turning right off exit ramp, immediately get in left turning lane and turn left onto Route 6W. Travel 3.5 miles to Slate Hill. Turn left onto Route 284 South. Travel 9.1 miles to Unionville,

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