Cattus Island County Park


Barnaget Bay from the Blue Trail. Photo by Daniel Chazin.


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Park Overview:

Cattus Island County Park is referred to as an “island” because the area is surrounded by salt marshes. It has eight miles of blazed hiking trails, a boardwalk, unpaved roads, and an environmental center.

Trail Uses:Hiking, Mountain biking, Bridle path, X-C skiing, Handicapped
Trail Miles:8 miles
Park Acreage:497 acres
Toms River/Ocean/NJ
Web Map:Trail map provided by Ocean County
Park Description:

This Ocean County Park, north of Toms River, was funded in part by New Jersey’s Green Acres program. Seventy percent of the park consists of salt marshes, with some lowland and upland forests and a stand of the once-common Atlantic white cedar. Central to the park is the Cooper Environmental Center [see park’s web page], where visitors may see natural science exhibits and live animals, register for a variety of nature programs, or obtain a trail map and wander on their own.  [NOTE:  The Cooper Environmental Center was severely damaged by Hurricane Sandy in October 2012 and is currently closed to the public. Several trails also remain closed, view the trail map from the link above or call the park office.  Updated March, 2014]

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Trails Overview:

Four distinct loop trails [ranging from 0.7 to 2.2 miles], plus a quarter-mile wheelchair accessible loop trail, are spread throughout the park. Other marked trails provide shortcuts, and the four miles of dirt fire roads that wander through wetland and wooded areas serve to connect them to form a network. The marked trails are for hiking only. Sections of boardwalk thread through the marshes, allowing walkers a close look at the complex life in the otherwise inaccessible wetland habitat. A trail map is available on the park’s web site.


Take the Garden State Parkway to Exit 82 [Route 37, Seaside] and continue east on NJ 37 for six miles. Use the jughandle to turn north onto Fisher Boulevard, and proceed for two miles to Cattus Island Boulevard, which leads to the park entrance.

Contact Information:Cattus Island County Park
Region:Jersey Shore