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  • Trails leading from the Interpretive Center take visitors through a mature mixed oak-hardwood forest, young woodlands and successional fields. A nature blind offers quiet observation of birds, deer an...
  • The Wading River Special Use Area is an 86-acre parcel containing two impoundments within the 162-acre Wading River Wildlife Management Area, located in Bass River Township, Burlington County. Use of ...
  • Turkey Swamp is a 1,180-acre (4.78 km²) park located in Freehold Township, New Jersey on the northern fringe of the Pine Barrens. The chief attraction of this park is the 17-acre (69,000 m2) lake sui...
  • This cool evergreen forest of eastern hemlock is ideally suited for the steep slopes carved by the rushing waters of Tillman Brook. Several trails wander through this spectacular ravine, providing vie...
  • Named for the nearby site of a long forgotten village along the east bank of the Great Egg Harbor River, this preserve is a mix of pitch pine uplands and thick, wet hardwood swamp. This mix of forest ...
  • The Taylor River Side Homestead Farm continues to grow organic produce, support community gardening, and share the natural world with all. The Taylor’s were the first donors to recognize how the uni...
  • Within the highland hills of Hunterdon County, Sweet Hollow is a cool and shaded ravine. Steep forested slopes of white oak, beech and maples angle down from high ridgetops to the narrow stream corrid...
  • Supawna Meadows National Wildlife Refuge is a part of the Cape May National Wildlife Refuge Complex in Cape May Court House, NJ. Supawna Meadows NWR is located along the Delaware River estuary just no...
  • This impressive glacial lake, surrounded by a chestnut oak forest is reached by a steep and rocky climb along the Appalachian Trail. No swimming or camping is permitted at this area, however, 1/4 mile...
  • An area of undeveloped beachfront and undisturbed sand dunes that serves as a protected nesting site for the endangered Piping Plover, the Least Tern and Black skimmers. Other shorebirds and waterfowl...
  • The South Branch of the Raritan River is 51 miles long and flows from western Morris County through central Hunterdon County into western Somerset County before joining the North Branch. Major tributa...
  • A unique model for management of New Jersey’s public open spaces is emerging via a partnership formed to manage a section of the South Branch Wildlife Management Area....
  • The Sourland Mountain Preserve is located in Hillsborough and Montgomery townships, Somerset County, New Jersey.Sourland Mountain is composed of sedimentary and igneous rocks of Late Triassic and Earl...
  • Sourland Mountain is a 17 miles (27 km) long ridge in central New Jersey, extending from the Delaware River at Lambertville to the western end of Hillsborough Township near the community of Neshanic ,...
  • This preserve showcases all the natural qualities of the Pine Barrens; dry open pitch pine forests, moist pitch pine lowlands, oak uplands, and Atlantic white cedar stands that surround long abandoned...
  • The New Jersey Division of Fish & Wildlife offers an extraordinary learning experience at our Sedge Island Natural Resource Education Center, located within NJ's first Marine Conservation Zone, just o...
  • The 660-square-mile Barnegat Bay watershed encompasses most of the 33 municipalities in Ocean County and four municipalities in Monmouth County....
  • The Salem River WMA had been closed to waterfowl hunting to reduce the potential for birds to be exposed to oil contamination in the Delaware River. However, based upon observations of limited surface...
  • In 1991, Julia Buhlman donated a 17-acre property in memory of her husband. Today, thanks to additional donors, the preserve has more than tripled in size. The preserve includes extensive upland fores...
  • A network of trails wanders through upland and lowland hardwood forest, leading hikers along the North Branch of the Rancocas Creek and an extensive freshwater tidal marsh. The diversity of the landsc...
  • This natural area offers spectacular views from numerous rock outcroppings and ledges and rewards those who accept the challenge of the winding hiking trails and rocky terrain that comprise most of th...
  • The small Quarryville Brook flows through this wooded property. Years ago the site was active farm and pasture land. A small farm pond created long ago still proves to be a productive fishing hole. Li...
  • This preserve, assembled in five donated tracts, provides protection to Atlantic white cedar forests associated with both the Brockaways Branch and Nortons Branch of the Hammonton Creek. Years ago, po...
  • This property was once targeted for development of a large corporate industrial plant. But, due to a change of corporate business plans and that corporation’s generous land donation in 1997, this 38...
  • The Passaic River (play /p??se?.?k/ p?-say-ik) is a mature surface river, approximately 80 mi (129 km) long,[1] in northern New Jersey in the United States....
  • Situated at the edge of the New Jersey Pine Barrens, the Parvin Natural Area combines many of the characteristics and species of southern New Jersey and the Pine Barrens. Several trails run through th...
  • In 1992 the Trust accepted donation of two parcels of land that totaled 250 acres.The preserve is at a headwater area for the Deep Run, a tributary of the Great Egg Harbor River, which is designated a...
  • This 425 acre section of the Musconetcong River Reservation was originally owned by the Warren Glen Paper Mill. The mill, located adjacent to the park, started production in 1873 and is still in opera...
  • Accepted as a donation to the Trust in 1995, this property provides watershed protection to one headwater section of the Mulhockaway Creek. The forested site was once farmland and a few old apple and ...
  • Located at the outlet to Mountain Lake, the bog is a densely vegetated peat wetland formed along the banks of Mountain Lake Brook. One of the best examples of a black spruce and tamarack plant communi...
  • Named for this small tributary to the Musconetcong River, streams, hardwood forest and granite rock boulders frame much of the rugged scenery surrounding the Lubbers Run Preserve. The 90-acre property...
  • Long-A-Coming Preserve is an assembly of properties that have been donated by the private citizens, the New Jersey Conservation Foundation, or have been purchased through funding by the State Green Ac...
  • Mallards and wood ducks erupt from the quite waters of the beaver pond - a site worth seeing as they whirl past the standing dead snags of trees bleached silver by the sun. Cool spring waters emerge o...
  • Adjacent to the Interpretive Center lies a 36-acre state Natural Area consisting mainly of salt marsh, one of the few remaining tidal marshes of the Hudson River Estuary. A self-guided nature path off...
  • An early addition to the Natural Lands Trust system of preserves, this property was donated to the Trust in 1985 by John D. Lazarus. Remotely located at the junction of Cedar Run Creek and Stocum’s ...
  • Once the bustling mansion grounds of the Richards Family, iron masters of the Weymouth Furnace, this property is now a pleasant woodland along the Great Egg Harbor River. ...
  • Together, these two natural areas encompass one of the few remaining undeveloped barrier beaches in the northeast United States. Rolling sand dunes, salt-sculptured vegetation, lush green salt marshes...
  • Together, these two natural areas encompass one of the few remaining undeveloped barrier beaches in the northeast United States. Rolling sand dunes, salt-sculptured vegetation, lush green salt marshes...
  • Long managed as a family run tree farm, this 81-acre property can now be enjoyed by hikers and others. Acquired by the Green Acres Program from longtime owner Peter Funke, the hilly property is a wond...
  • Hamilton Preserve is considered by many to support the world’s largest population of the federally threatened and state endangered plant, Knieskern’s beaked rush....
  • Eastern hemlock dominates the cool shady slopes of this ravine and several trails provide access to this forest and the Black River. Steep ravines along the Black River and surrounding areas of mixed ...
  • The Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge (NWR) is one of 553 refuges in the National Wildlife Refuge System that is administered by the Department of the Interior's U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service....
  • One of the Trusts’ model holdings, this preserve is critical for local and migratory wildlife. The wetland forests of the preserve are some of the most extensive in the region. Located less than one...
  • The natural area lies adjacent to Splitrock Reservoir and supports a mature mixed oak hardwood forest characteristic of the Highlands physiographic province. Tall red, white and black oaks dominate th...
  • The Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge, where more than 47,000 acres of southern New Jersey coastal habitats are actively protected and managed for migratory birds. Forsythe is one of more tha...
  • Double Trouble State Park is located in Lacey and Berkeley Townships in Ocean County, in the U.S. state of New Jersey. The park was once the Double Trouble company's company town....
  • Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, administered by the National Park Service, preserves almost 70,000 acres (28,000 ha) of land along the Delaware River's New Jersey and Pennsylvania shores,...
  • One of the Trust’s premiere preserves, and certainly its largest, Crossley highlights important aspects of open space preservation: endangered species protection, historic and cultural sites, enviro...
  • Crooked Swamp is a large marsh complex at the headwaters of the Paulinskill River that provides important habitat for many plant and animal species such as the federally endangered bog turtle and stat...
  • Cook Forest State Park is a 8,500-acre (3,440 ha) Pennsylvania state park in Farmington Township, Clarion County, Barnett Township, Forest County and Barnett Township, Jefferson County, Pennsylvania i...
  • In the mid-1980’s, John and Elizabeth Ohly teamed up with the Commonwealth Land Concept, Inc. (CLC), a company that offers alternative land development projects, to protect their 170-acre farm that ...
  • This is Clarks Landing Preserve, a blending of many of the most representative habitats in the outer coastal plain physiographic province. Aquatic open water habitat of this tidally influenced section...
  • Cheesequake State Park’s uniqueness lies in its geographical location. Not only is it situated in the middle of the urban north and the suburban south, it lies in a transitional zone between two dif...
  • At the juncture of the Great Egg Harbor and the South River is a point of fresh water tidal marsh. Named Catawba, for the small village on the eastern bank of the Great Egg Harbor River, this area has...
  • Cape May Point State Park is a day-use park, open from dawn to dusk. The park has a beach wheel chair available to the public....
  • The Cape May National Wildlife Refuge is strategically located to conserve habitat for hundreds of thousands of migratory birds which pass through the area each year....
  • This natural area comprises a portion of a small forested island surrounded by the Delaware River and the Delaware& Raritan Canal. A trail along the towpath of the canal reveals a lowland floodplain f...
  • Curving along the northern end of New Jersey’s largest naturally formed lake, Budd Lake Bog supports a wetland habitat rare in New Jersey. The black spruce-tamarack bog vegetation community is a flo...
  • This wooded and open marsh wetland property displays many of the most beautiful aspects of rural Sussex County landscapes. Mountains of the Eastern deciduous forest, wetlands influenced by decades of ...
  • Black Acres property had been considered for development of a golf course. The golf course never was built, and today the surrounding land is part of the Division of Fish and Wildlife as White Oak Bra...
  • Big Lebanon Branch is considered the source stream, as it is the longer. Indeed, it appears on some maps as 'Big Timber Creek'. It rises near Cross Keys in Gloucester County (under a housing developme...
  • Bearfort Mountain in New Jersey is an extension of the same hogback of Skunnemunk Conglomerate that forms the crest of Schunnemunk Mountain and Bellvale Mountain in New York,The mountain rises along t...
  • Bear Swamp at Red Lion is a remote and wild place. Located on the edge of the old community of Red Lion near the Red Lion Circle, where Route 206 and Route 70 intersect, it was here in Bear Swamp were...
  • Barnegat on the northern tip of Long Beach Island in Ocean County was regarded as one of the most crucial 'change of course' points for coastal vessels. Vessels bound to and from New York along the Ne...
  • Starting as a trickle near Berlin, NJ, the River gradually widens as it picks up the waters of 17 tributaries on its way to Great Egg Harbor and the Atlantic Ocean. Established by Congress in 19...

  • An extensive freshwater marsh and diverse upland forests and fields provide habitat for a variety of wildlife. The wetland complex is the headwaters of the Pequest River. Numerous springs originate de...
  • This natural area features an Atlantic white cedar swamp, mixed oak-hardwood forest and a glacially formed spring-fed lake and is habitat for the red-shouldered hawk, barred owl and great blue heron. ...
  • The topography of this ravine is one of high relief with 300-foot increases in elevation from Doublekill Creek to surrounding hills. The hemlock-mixed hardwood forest provides a cool shady break for h...