Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge

The Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge is a great park for birdwatching, with over 200 species of birds resting and feeding there. It is situated in Morris County, New Jersey, United States, and is just 26 miles west of Manhattan's Times Square.

Swamp and trees


The Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge consists of 7,600 acres of varied habitats. It is run by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, and supported by the Friends of the Great Swamp. The refuge was established as a refuge on November 3, 1960; and has now become a resting and feeding area for more than 244 species of birds.

Fox, deer, muskrat, turtles, fish, frogs and a wide variety of wildflowers and plants also call the refuge home.

The refuge is open from sunrise to sunset.

If you would like to contact the refuge:

Get in

Cars may be parked at any of the designated parking lots.

A map of the Great Swamp Refuge is available from the Fish and Wildlife Service.


There are no fees for visiting the Great Swamp National Wildlife Refuge.

Get around

Cars are not allowed within the park, outside of the designated roads and parking lots.

There are trails within the refuge, which are open only to foot traffic.



Camping is not allowed in the refuge. If you do want to camp, two local parks allow camping by permit - Mahlon Dickerson and Lewis Morris Parks .

Stay safe

This is largely wetland, so be prepared for soggy conditions and stay on the trails where possible.


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