National Parks / Natural World

Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge Basking Ridge

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Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge
32 Pleasant Plains Road
Basking Ridge
NJ
07920
Tel: 973-425-9510

Where are we going today?

There are over 550 refuges in the National Wildlife Refuge System which give families just like yours a chance to really explore some incredible habitats, and witness some pretty impressive wildlife!

One of the them is the Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge located in New Jersey and not far from the bright lights of New York City!

Today, the Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge consists of nearly 8,000 acres of a number of different habitats, as well as over 200 species of birds, muskrat, fish, turtles, fox, deer and those beautiful wildflowers. 

There are a number of activities in the refuge which are perfect for families, and experiences that kids won't be forgetting in a long time! First of all, there is the wildlife!

The Wildlife Observation Center is the best place to start. Here, you can head out on the 1.5 miles of board walk where you can explore a number of habitats, as well as try and spot a number of the many species that call the refuge home.  If you LOVE those colorful birds, then don't miss the three permanent bird blinds which can be found along the boardwalk.

If you want to enjoy the 2 mile auto tour tour, which you can also walk along if you want, then you can encounter many more opportunities to observe creatures like the bluebirds, hawk and woodcock.

If you're lucky, you might spot that iconic bald eagle!

For the more adventurous there are 8 miles of hiking trails, as well as an incredible 3,660 acres for those truly adventurous hikers!

Photographer lovers don't forget your camera because there certainly will be a number of photo opportunities just for you! 

Amazing nature for the whole family! 

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How much does it cost?

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LAST UPDATED 2015

When can we go?

Sunrise to sunset. Visitor Cetner 10am - 4pm.

All year round.

Teachers corner

If you want to organize a tour, just contact the visitor center at least a month in advance - they can offer you tours and educational programs! .

I'm Hungry!

Why not bring a picnic and enjoy some lunch within nature!.

Any Top Tips?

Make sure you wear waterproof footwear or old sneakers, because deer flies and ticks might be around. .

Doing our bit

The parks and recreation go out of their way to look after the refuge, so help them out and keep the area clean just like they do! .

Need a little extra help?

The trails are only open to foot travel. .

More information

Pets aren't allowed in most areas, including the Wildlife Observation Center and the boardwalks. .

What people are saying?

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    walked the Orange trail and Silver trail from WhiteBridge Rd to Meyersville.. and back. Winter walk, wet trail otherwise. It's amazingly quiet.

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    America's 1st national wildlife refuge. Awesome place!!

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    A must to do... excellent for photography...

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