Wells Mills County Park

Photo

Along the Penns Hill Trail - Photo by Daniel Chazin

Location


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Park Overview:

A large county park in the Pinelands, Wells Mills County Park features a lake and multiple blazed trails within its boundaries.

Trail Uses:Hiking, Mountain biking, X-C skiing, Handicapped
Dogs:Dogs on leash
Trail Miles:17.8 miles
Park Acreage:910 acres
City/County/
State:
Ocean Township/Ocean/NJ
Web Map:Trail map provided by Ocean County
Park Description:

The land in what is now Wells Mills County Park has had an economically productive past. The abundance of Atlantic white cedar on the property prompted James Wells, in the latter part of the eighteenth century, to build a sawmill and dam Oyster Creek for water power. The largest park in the Ocean County park system, it offers a nature center, observation deck, canoe rental, and fishing on the mill pond.

 

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Trails Overview:

Eighteen miles of marked trails lead visitors through pine-oak forests, Atlantic white cedar swamps, freshwater bogs, and maple gum swamps.  The 8.4-mile Penns Hill Trail [white] circles the park, and several short trials are designated for tree identification, nature study, and the visually impaired.

Mountain bikes are permitted only on a 3.2-mile yellow-blazed trail designated for that use.  A portion of three co-aligned trails leads briefly into an adjacent Boy Scout camp, and users are asked to stay on the trail.

A trail map is available at the link above, on the park's web page, at the information kiosk and the visitors center.

 

Directions:

Take the Garden State Parkway to Exit 69, proceed west on Wells Mill Road [County Route 532] and continue for 2.1 miles to the park entrance, on the left.  

Contact Information:Ocean County, Department of Parks and Recreation
8776272757
Region:Pinelands
Fees:None