Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge

Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge

Bridge across Great Brook - Photo credit: Daniela Wagstaff Bridge across Great Brook - Photo credit: Daniela Wagstaff
40.703998, -74.496304

Only 26 miles from Manhattan, this is a unique place to observe migrating, nesting and feeding habitat for migratory birds amid a mixture of marshes, meadows, dry woodlands and brush-covered swamps

Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge

The 7700-acre Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge has become a resting and feeding area for more than 244 species of birds. Also, fox, deer, muskrat, turtles, fish, frogs and a wide variety of wildflowers and plants call the refuge "home".  The Wildlife Observation Center provides wetland vistas and offers opportunities for wildlife observation...

Park Acreage:

7768.00 acres

Municipality:

Basking Ridge

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Contact Information

Web Link:

Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge

Phone:

(973) 425-1222

Fees:

None

Dogs in park:

No dogs

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Trip Reports

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June 23, 2014
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"Muddy" is understatement
Save your time and give this one a giant miss. We did this on Sunday 6/22/14. Did Blue/Red/Ivory back to Blue about 5.5 miles of slushy gooey slimey mud surrounded by about a billion mosqiuitoes and gnats. No views, muddy paths and bugs add up to a lousy hike. Yes it's a swamp so I should have known but there are no redeeming features about this to warrant slopping around for several hours.  On the bright side, it's right near the Raptor Center which is definitely worth a visit.
cliffwener
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