Explore the most popular trails in Edwin B Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Nice trail but as everyone else said bugs are just obnoxious! Bug spray helped somewhat but those biting flies are not deterred. Trails are wide for the most part and overgrown at others, so ticks are an issue too. Despite all that, nice views, plenty of birds and wildflowers. We went early, 6 am, while it wasn’t too hot, and enjoyed the walk a lot. Dog had a nice time too.

a great walk through the woods up and down trails and relaxing cool Walk On The Water side

This was a fun excursion. I came for the hiking trail and stayed for the nature preserve. It’s only $2 to hike and $4 to drive the 8 mile Brigantine National Wild life Refuge Bird Sanctuary road. Unfortunately due to the Government Shutdown, the education center and museum were closed. Open however was a boardwalk, multiple trails and few towers to observe wildlife. I highly recommend a trip to the Edwin B. Forsythe Wildlife Refuge.

trail running
5 months ago

This is a great trail, especially for South Jersey. There are several hills along the way which is a nice change from the normally flat trails in our area. You can easily take different routes to vary the distance. There are good views and lots of opportunities to see wildlife. We walk or run this several times per month from October to April. We avoid it the rest of the year as it is a favorite destination for biting insects, ticks, chiggers, etc. Highly recommended in the cooler months.

on deCamp Wildlife Trail

7 months ago

Great trail , immaculate

Love Songbird. it,s close to home, has varied terrain, well marked, and has easy access bailout points. Like any trail, adaptation is a must. l did it a weak ago, hot summer day, no bug spray, shorts ; ever hear of chiggers ? My Bad. I'm paying. Pretty crafty how they managed to get such a nice trail fashioned into an area of reclaimed land, and made it look so natural. Good work.

trail running
9 months ago

One of my favorite spots to go for a nice run, but only during late fall, winter, and early spring!!!! Once it starts to get hot out the horse flies and other bugs come out! I made the mistake of running in late June, one of the worst experiences. I’ve never run so fast to get out of there. If you go during the other seasons it’s great. It’s a flat easy marked trail with beautiful scenery.

scenic driving
10 months ago

summer bugs are horrendous. fall and winter, early spring are better for hikes. Alot of wildlife to catch a glimpse of, trail gets elevated quite often, nature center has some cool stuff. The wildlife drive is always nice, keep the windows up or else its greenhead nightmare!

$ 4 parking fee

hiking
Sunday, January 07, 2018

I did this hike after reading the weird review from another hiker who thought it was a shady place. Well There was a lot of traffic on this place New Year's day. The early birds with their dogs were leaving by the time I got there at 11 and I must of been in the middle of the afternoon hiker shift change as I had the trail mostly to myself. Exquisite pine and holly trees dot the trail and perfectly placed national park like signage. I had my camera and binoculars for the easy walk out and back. Peaceful leisurely walk that is dog friendly and clean. Don't forget to look for the birds. I saw owl boxes at spots along the trial but did not see one. I did get a nice shot of a Hermit thrush and missed a photo op given by 4 golden crowned kinglets as I had my camera packed at the time.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

Wholy bugs! Tried to take the songbird trail and had to bail at about 3 miles. I had swords of bugs all over me from the first step out of my car all the way. It was so miserable. I couldn't stop to take pictures because every time I would get bit. I wish I could say it was nice but didn't really see anything because of the swords of bugs around me I couldn't get them off. Horrible wish I could have enjoyed the wildlife.

hiking
Monday, July 10, 2017

I originally thought this trail was a part of the Brigantine unit hiking trails (i'm from PA so I didn't know) I found the trail very easily. There is a nice decent parking lot. When I got there, there was another car parked. No one in the car but it was just that car and mine. I was looking something up in my car when the other cars driver came out of the trail. After a few minutes the other hiker went back into the woods. I then packed my stuff and started walking. About a quarter of a mile in I saw the guy now coming back twords me to go out of the woods again. He was texting and looked up, said it was a nice day for a hike and went back to texting. This guy was limping and didn't seem like someone who would be walking this trail. I continued a little further and became "freaked out". It seemed eerie and something didn't seem right so I booked it back the half mile i was now into the trail. I swore I could have heard someone behind me but didn't see anyone. I was in sheer panic, got to my car and checked and saw that not many people had used this trail. Unfortunately I didn't finish this trail at all...too scared. Looked beautiful though.

Wednesday, July 05, 2017

Awesome... bring plenty of bug protection...great trail but if I wasn't prepared it might of been my last hike... lol

walking
Wednesday, July 05, 2017

A very easy walk on a well-cleared trail with no incline. You can proceed as far down the trail as you like before heading back. Informational signage dots the trail. I discovered this hidden gem while searching for Ingress missions in Ocean County. The missions on this trail are named after the green headed horseflies which come out in the heat of summer and have a nasty bite. It's primarily a refuge for migrating birds, so summer isn't the best time to come.

walking
Sunday, October 16, 2016

Great place to see some wildlife! Ticks are an issue, but overall a great walk.

mountain biking
Sunday, June 12, 2016

Great!

trail running
Saturday, June 21, 2014

I went in June and it was awful. I was swarmed by some type of biting fly and had to turn back after half of a mile.

bird watching
Thursday, May 22, 2014

best place to bird without making an a big trip to Cape May!

road biking
Tuesday, October 11, 2011

White sandy gravel. Easy to navigate. View of atlantic city casinos for a little while. First 6 miles are wide open and flat, last 2 are wooded and slightly hilly. 2$ bike entry fee, $4 car fee. High wind resistance for 5-6 miles due to closeness to ocean.

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