Explore the most popular trails near Toms River with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Toms River, New Jersey Map

went Friday July 20 around 6pm. the weather was perfect and the bugs we're not bad at all. we made it to the beach from the parking lot which is about a mile, the walk there I always find is harder than the walk back. it's worth it to me I let my dogs walk on the beach and go in the water it's a beautiful area. buts didn't start to get bad until around 7;30 pm when we were almost back to the parking lot the bugs got bad. I love this place I take my friends, family, and dogs here whenever I get the chance

1 month ago

Great, easy hike. You can walk through wetlands woods and a sandy beach in a short time. There’s a wide variety of trees and birds. I read that there’s a lot of ticks in this area but we stayed on the main path (which is rather wide and clear) and had no ticks.

Definitely not Oregon but it was a great trail. We will do it again!!

Very pleasant hike. Extremely easy. We even took the baby in her stroller. Trail is well groomed. At the end of the trail you have a nice view of the bay. Many birds to look at along the way.

I go here to read my bible. it's amazing great place!


Awesome Park. We went on a beautiful day in early September. Will definitely go back.

lots if ticks. great place to take your pup. short distance to beautiful scenery

Alot of ticks here. Becareful

This is a nice place for a nature walk. Cattus Island Park is a mix of some young, thinly populated forest and wetlands.

While there is virtually no elevation gain, there are some nice views. Trails are well marked and there are quite a few different plant species if you're interested in learning to identify edible, medicinal or poisonous species in the field.

If you're looking for a short walk, you could do worse than with CIP.

Tuesday, August 08, 2017

Defiantly a place anyone would love. Walk the wooden deck to see views of the wetlands and osprey nests. Get a nice view of the barneget bay and Ortley Beach and Lavalette. Also try to bring some bug spray. But its different from everything else. It also features a playground for kids. Really interesting. Will be going there again.

Several areas you are attacked by bugs and feel like your eaten alive. But overall trails nice and semi well marked.

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Def a fun ride!

Sunday, April 30, 2017

enjoyed the water that ran through it but the trails aren't really marked and the map at the entrance is difficult to read, making it hard to stick to a loop. They do have an amazing Rodeo style park for the kiddos though

Monday, January 16, 2017

Pleasant environment, well maintained trails, beautiful rebuilt visitors center!!!

Wednesday, July 27, 2016

This is a beautiful area to hike. It's nice to see what the area used to look like before the area was over populated. It's an easy walk with minimal elevation changes. There's a nice variety of trails that go from out along the edge of the bay and back into the woods. The wildlife and birds are great. Definitely watch for ticks, but luckily the trails are wide enough so you aren't into brush. I've been out here several times over the years, always beautiful.

Wednesday, July 06, 2016

I started on a nice casual walk and then I was attacked by green heads....wound up running the whole damn trail just to survive.....absolutely horrible

Beautiful view, easy flat terrain, only negative tick infested

Monday, February 01, 2016

It was a nice, easy hike to the water front. Today s little muddy and snowy. Not strenuous at all and still a lot of damage from Sandy- nature center and some trails closed.

Wednesday, November 18, 2015

Short, easy trail. Nice views of the bay at the end of the road. Multiple osprey nesting sites would make spring/summer an interesting time. Not worth the time if you are looking for something strenuous. The amount of litter on the trail was significant. I give the trail two out of four garbage pails.

Friday, January 23, 2015

I hiked this with my daughter, and my youngest son. Nice walk to the bay and back to the ranger station.

Monday, September 15, 2014

6.7 miles if u hike all the trails except green which still has not reopened since sandy. great place for pictures and even has a small beach

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

It's a nice little place to gather your thoughts and get a piece of mind. It's busy on the weekends but almost empty on the week days. There are trails that run adjacent to the water as well as trails that navigate through the woods. Great place for a simple hike!

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

I love Cattus Island. My boyfriend lives close so we go often to kind of just get away for some peace. It's absolutely perfect during the week when it is less crowded. We've ventured through a few different trails and seen a few different views. One trail, however, we did get attacked by Tics so wear bug spray! But this is one of my favorite places to go just for a quiet simple hike.

Sunday, April 06, 2014

Awesome hike, very easy but also very entertaining. at the end of the island there were some very nice wooden walkways the Boy Scouts have made, makes for a very nice hike. Lots of extra paths that can take you off of the main trail to get you away from all the people.

Monday, June 06, 2011

This site has a great path for walking or running. Not sure if biking is allowed or not. Check before riding. There is a visitor center and some wooden bridge paths around the beginning. Moving further into the area you will find dirt paths leading far out to the tip of Cattus Island. Far down the path there is a beach. After the beach there are some great boy scout trails at the end that intertwine to the end. Bring bug spray as the flys can be annoying.

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Great Hike with the kids. You can Hike the nicely created paths or go off the beaten path for a liger hike.

Thursday, November 04, 2010

Great trail to bring the kid on. Cattus Island is complete with a nature center and birding blinds. You can hike to the Bay for a dip.

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