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Wallkill National Wildlife Refuge
|Park Overview:|| |
A little-known North Jersey treasure, the refuge stretches 10 miles along the northward flowing Wallkill River
|Trail Uses:||Hiking, X-C skiing, Handicapped|
|Trail Miles:||11.1 miles|
|Park Acreage:||6000 acres|
|Web Map:||Refuge trail map|
|Buy Book:||Kittatinny Trails - Hiking Guide Book |
Trail Conference volunteers maintain trails in this park.
|Park Description:|| |
The Wallkill River Wildlife Refuge, established in 1990, protects and manages land to conserve the biological diversity of the Wallkill Valley. Its special emphasis is on forest-dwelling and grassland birds, migrating waterfowl, wintering raptors, and endangered species.
A colorful, informative brochure published by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service is available here. The Friends of the Wallkill River National Wildlife Refuge organizes education and outreach programs, and maintains a Nature Store.
|Trails Overview:|| |
There are five nature trails on the refuge. Use the Web Map link near top of this page to view the trails and trailhead parking areas.
On the Refuge’s web page, click on a “Maps” link for close-up satellite views of several of these trails.
Hunting is allowed on and near these trails at various times in the spring, fall and winter, with the exception already noted of the Liberty Loop Trail, where hunting is always prohibited. Of its 6,000 acres, 5,000 are available for seasonal hunting.
Visitors are urged to wear safety orange when the trails are open to both hunters and non-hunters. It is noteworthy that hunters, according to the refuge’s web site, “must wear in a conspicuous manner on head, chest, and back a minimum of 400 square inches of solid fluorescent orange clothing.”
There is no hunting on Sundays on the refuge.
From I-287N take Exit 52B to NJ23-North (it is Exit 52A from I-287S). Follow NJ23-N 15 miles to beyond Hamburg but before Sussex, turn right onto Glenwood Road. In 1.5 miles the refuge headquarters is on the left.
Headquarters street address: 1547 Glenwood Road, Sussex, NJ 07461.
|Contact Information:||U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service, Wallkill River National Wildlife Refuge |