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Island Trail (Blue)

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One way

1.2 miles

2.0 km

Difficulty

Intermediate

Elevation gain

162 ft

49 m

Highest point

57 ft

17 m

Avg grade

5% (3°)

Elevation loss

-148 ft

-45 m

Max grade

17% (10°)

Elevation loss

-148 ft

-45 m

Avg grade

5% (3°)

Lowest point

4 ft

1 m


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Cattus Island Park, NJ

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Shared by Rory Nugent

Features

Dogs - Leashed  ·  Birding  ·  Views  ·  Wildflowers  ·  Wildlife

Need to Know

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.

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.

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...
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.

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.

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.
Park open 7a.m. to dusk.

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.

Contacts

Land Manager: Ocean County Parks & Recreation

Shared by Rory Nugent

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3.5 from 2 hikers

Intermediate

Difficulty average from 2 hikers
1-2 of 2 reviews

Wall, NJ
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Mar 12, 2020
Conditions: Mostly Dry
Rated difficulty: Intermediate
Visited the park with family at the end of winter break. Lovely weather! We took our time wandering around.

Wall, NJ
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Mar 11, 2020
Conditions: Mostly Dry
Rated difficulty: Intermediate

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