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Maritime Forest Trail (Red)

Easy/Intermediate

Trail

1.4 mile 2.3 kilometer point to point
Easy/Intermediate

Elevation

Ascent: 90' 27 m
Descent: -82' -25 m
High: 49' 15 m
Low: 3' 1 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 2% (1°)
Max Grade: 10% (6°)

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Trail shared by Rory Nugent

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A short but sweet flat hike through a beautifully diverse park of forest and salt water marshland.

Rory Nugent

Features Birding · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Park open 7 a.m. to dusk.

Need to Know

Ticks are a concern here. There are notices at the informational maps stating just that. Wear insect repellent, then shower and check yourself after the hike.

Description

This park has something to offer in all seasons whether it be birding and wildflowers in the spring, osprey fledglings and crab in the summer, foliage in the fall, and snowshoeing / XC skiing in the winter, but my sense is that hiking is more enjoyable in the cooler temperatures given humidity, insects, and minimal shade come with the territory in the summer heat.

Despite the fact the blazes are frequent and close together, each trail crosses over numerous other trails both marked and unmarked. If you're new to the park, it doesn't hurt to pause at trail crossings.

There are several trail maps floating around whether they are online or in the park. There are clear differences between each of them. The trail maps shared near the Cooper Environmental Center appear to be the most accurate.

Flora & Fauna

There are about a dozen osprey nests within the park and deer are common.
There is also a swath of interesting trees and plants including black gum trees, red oak, green briar, red maple, swamp maple, pine trees, reeds, American white cedar, salt water and fresh water marsh.

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Jul 1, 2019
Theodore Pietenpol
Fun walk. It's a mix of hard pack trail, board walk and, mud. super good warm up to getting into hiking. 1.4mi

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#62

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#10,420

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Singletrack through reeds and salt water marsh
May 13, 2018 near Island…, NJ
View out to Mosquito Cove
May 13, 2018 near Island…, NJ
Maritime Forest Trail (Red) trailhead near the Cooper Environmental Center
May 13, 2018 near Island…, NJ

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