Looking for a great trail in Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge, New Jersey? AllTrails has 5 great walking trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Just looking to take a quick stroll? We've got 4 easy trails in Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge ranging from 1.3 to 4.4 miles and from 232 to 249 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!

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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

This was extremely muddy, it's a swamp, hence the name. It might be pretty in spring/summer when things are blooming or in bloom, but it's quite boring looking at mud and decay. I'm also pretty sure that in anything except dead of winter the mosquitos and gnats would be extremely annoying and unavoidable. This is someplace I would not return

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muddy
18 days ago

Easy trail. I really like that it's wheelchair accessible.

We went on a dry day. There were a few muddy parts. Well marked and not many other hikers.

hiking
3 months ago

Nice and well maintained trail. Mostly elevated wood walkway. Not crowded. Good for wildlife watching.

hiking
3 months ago

Mostly dry and passable when I went. Trail markers were sparse and hard to find at times.

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bugs
4 months ago

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bugs
muddy
over grown
5 months ago

overgrown and muddy. between the swarms of mosquitos and endless spider webs in my face, I can't recommend this trail. I hope the trail gets some attention soon because it could be very good

Mosquitoes are deet resistant. I gave blood and left quickly

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bugs
muddy
over grown
5 months ago

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bugs
muddy
over grown
5 months ago

we turned around after 1/2 mile. very muddy

Muddy, wet, quiet. FUN!! Trails marked well and you feel part of the place. It’s not a walk in the park. Great day!

hiking
bugs
muddy
7 months ago

Hiked this trail in mid June after a rainy week and almost the entire trail was extremely muddy. Trail overall was average at best and not very fun to hike.

swampy, mosquito invested. well blazed. map available at sign.

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muddy
over grown
7 months ago

hiking
9 months ago

Perfect for kids & even stroller friendly if you choose. Volunteers were out with a table to show kids different animal skulls & skins.

Easy nature trail with good views of the swamp. Good all times of year.

muddy
over grown
11 months ago

A good short explore. Trail features many boardwalks and we'll marked paths. There is a duck pond and a Laurel grove. Should be excellent in the spring with the blooms and frogs.

We took the Orange trail. It was very muddy and it hadn't rained in quite some time which leads me to believe it may always be in that condition. It was however the perfect weather for a hike and as you can see from the pics there was some really nice scenery. Not a whole lot of wildlife but we did see a group of about 10 bluejays.

walking
Fri Oct 12 2018

Nice nature trail. No biking or pets.

An OK trail; not many photo opportunities. Some parts of the trail are clearly marked, while other parts are not. Also, some parts of the trail are overgrown, requiring long pants. Trekking poles are also a necessity given some muddy patches here and there.

8/16/2018 Orange trail completely flooded out today. At least a foot of water over the trail as far as you can see starting just past the trail head. I’ve never been here before but looks like it would be nice if it wasn’t flooded.

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