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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

hiking
1 month ago

trail running
3 months ago

Perfect for a nice scenic stroll on a hot day.

hiking
3 months ago

walking
9 months ago

This was a Wheelchair friendly trail. Will definitely go again when the remaining snow n ice melt..

walking
Friday, November 18, 2016

delightful walk on well marked trails.

walking
Sunday, September 18, 2016

hiking
Saturday, July 09, 2016

on Bird-Blinds Loop

birding
Monday, February 08, 2016

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.

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