deCamp Wildlife Trail

EASY 6 reviews

deCamp Wildlife Trail is a 2.5 mile lightly trafficked out and back trail located near Brick, New Jersey that features beautiful wild flowers. The trail is good for all skill levels and primarily used for hiking, walking, and birding. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

2.5 miles
13 feet
Out & Back

dogs on leash

kid friendly




wild flowers



The deCamp Wildlife Trail is one of the shorter trails in the Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge, which includes several other conserved areas stretching south to the headquarters just north of Atlantic City. Official website: For those with kids interested in exploring more of the wildlife refuge, the US Fish & Wildlife Service provides this activity book for ages 4-7:

5 months ago

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.

11 months ago

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.

11 months ago

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.

1 month ago

9 months ago

Sunday, September 07, 2014