Cattus Island

Toms River, New Jersey

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Today, half of the 12,500 square miles of salt marsh that once lined the Atlantic coast is gone. New Jersey has lost more than a million acres, and what remains is not nearly as healthy as it once was. But in recent years the tide has begun to turn, as the public has come to understand the worth of these wetlands. Cattus Island County Park and its Cooper Environmental Center naturalists have contributed to this public appreciation. This 500-acre Ocean County park protects a salt marsh at the heart of Barnegat Bay. Surrounded on all sides by beach development and pleasure-boat docks, this fine preserve boasts breeding osprey, migrating warblers and diamondback terrapin.
Nature Walks in New Jersey

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Nature Walks in New Jersey

by Glenn Scherer (Appalachian Mountain Club Books)

Today, half of the 12,500 square miles of salt marsh that once lined the Atlantic coast is gone. New Jersey has lost more than a million acres, and what remains is not nearly as healthy as it once was. But in recent years the tide has begun to turn, as the public has come to understand the worth of these wetlands.

Cattus Island County Park and its Cooper Environmental Center naturalists have contributed to this public appreciation. This 500-acre Ocean County park protects a salt marsh at the heart of Barnegat Bay. Surrounded on all sides by beach development and pleasure-boat docks, this fine preserve boasts breeding osprey, migrating warblers and diamondback terrapin.

©  Glenn Scherer/Appalachian Mountain Club Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Toms River
Distance: 3.2
Elevation Gain: Minimal
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 2 hours
Season: Year-round
Local Contacts: Ocean County Park
Driving Directions: Directions to Cattus Island

Recent Trail Reviews

12/30/2011
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Great low key hike. With it being so flat, it would be perfect for kids. Also, given the loop configuration, it is easy to extend or shortened the distance of how much you hike. It was especially peaceful during the winter.


7/22/2009
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My absolute favorite hike in the Toms River area. Easy, straightaway trail with the option of taking more trails to the right and left. Well maintained all around. Starts off with an amazing view, and ends up on a beautiful beach on Barnegat Bay. Lots of animals. We saw herons, crabs, fish, tadpoles, frogs, grasshoppers, bees, and lots of different birds. Deer also - so watch out for the ticks (especially on the orange trail by the beach). Definitely bring some bug spray as there are LOTS of mosquitoes as well. This is the perfect hike for kids or for those who are less fit.


7/13/2004
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4/22/2003
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A nice trail for the whole family- faboulous views of the bay and brings locals closer to nature. I would also suggest this trail for kids to start off with.


1/19/2003
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We grew up in this area, took many school trips to the island. Easy nature walk, a lot of fun for the whole family. Watch out for the bugs in the summer,their brutal!



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May 2018