The Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) is one of more than 560 refuges in the National Wildlife Refuge System that is administered by the Department of the Interior's U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. Great Swamp is here to conserve its natural resources for the America public while protecting threatened and endangered species for future generations. The National Wildlife Refuge System is a network of lands and waters managed specifically for the protection of wildlife and its habitat. It represents the most comprehensive wildlife management program in the world. The Great Swamp NWR is located in Morris County, New Jersey, about 26 miles west of Manhattan's Times Square. The refuge was established by an act of Congress on November 3, 1960. Today the refuge consists of 7,768 acres of varied habitats, and the refuge has become an important resting and feeding area for more than 244 species of birds. Fox, deer, muskrat, turtles, fish, frogs and a wide variety of wildflowers and plants can be found on the refuge. In 1966, the National Park Service designated Great Swamp NWR a registered National Natural Landmark under the provisions of the Historic Sites Act of 1935. The refuge was chosen for the registry as an
Angel D. on Bird-Blinds Loop
This trail is a great way to experience the swamp from the comfort of elevated wooden pathways. This section leads you to 2 of the 3 bird-blinds in the area, the third is pass the bridge and there is no wooden/paved path for wheelchairs but is easy to access nonetheless. When the feeders are full one can enjoy a nice variety of birds very close to the blinds. Aside from that, each pathway hides a treasure of wildlife, from mammals, reptiles to birds and Plants. Due to the fenced pathways and flat terrain, this is a great place to introduce kids to the swamp, just bring protection for the insects during the summer months.
Stephen R. on Great Swamp Wilderness - Orange Trail
The path overall was decent only one man wide with brush overhanging along with the occasional tree you need to walk around. Can get some nice views of swampy land.
This path is not maintained often and at times it can become difficult to pick the right path due to sparse blazes.
Did the Orange Trail on 6/30/15. The trail was nothing but bugs so it is not just fall you have to worry about the bugs. The trail is more or less a one person width rarely wide enough for 2. It had not rained in a few days but was still nothing but mud the whole way from 3" - 6" at times.