Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge

Meyersville, New Jersey

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Venture into the only federally designated wilderness in the New York metropolitan area. Many hikes are particularly enjoyable in summer, since that is when the ideal combinations of blue skies, green woods, and golden sunshine present themselves. While there are several reasons to hike in other seasons of the year, including winter, the full splendor of nature reserves itself mostly for the warmest months of the year.
AMC's Best Day Hikes Near New York City

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AMC's Best Day Hikes Near New York City

by Daniel Case (Appalachian Mountain Club Books)

Venture into the only federally designated wilderness in the New York metropolitan area. Many hikes are particularly enjoyable in summer, since that is when the ideal combinations of blue skies, green woods, and golden sunshine present themselves. While there are several reasons to hike in other seasons of the year, including winter, the full splendor of nature reserves itself mostly for the warmest months of the year.

©  Daniel Case/Appalachian Mountain Club Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Cross-Country Skiing, Hiking, Snowshoeing
Nearby City: Meyersville
Length: 3
Elevation Gain: Minimal
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 1.5 hours
Accessibility: Kid-friendly
Local Contacts: Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge
Local Maps: USGS Chatham; available at website
Topo Map: Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge Topographic Map
Guide Book: AMC's Best Day Hikes Near New York City Guide Book
Driving Directions: View Directions
Trail Directions: View Guide

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Recent Trail Reviews

7/12/2012

I believe the marker is referring to the Great Swamp Wildlife Observation Center trails within the refuge. It's a series of boardwalks that lead to several wildlife observation blinds and totals around 2 miles. The trails aren't listed in any books that I know of, though you can find a map here: http://www.friendsofgreatswamp.org/Docs/RefugeMap.pdf . It's a nice, easy hike through the refuge, and wildlife is abundant. When we went, the swamp was all but dried up due to a periodic drought, however, I hear the trails are worthwhile when the swamp is more "swampy".

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