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Great Egg Harbor National Scenic & Recreational River
In southern New Jersey, near Atlantic City
The Great Egg Harbor River, a 129-mi waterway with 17 tributaries, drains 304 mi of pristine marshes into the heart of New Jersey's Pinelands National Reserve. Fallen leaves and cedar roots tint the water the color of tea, and the rivers mix of freshwater and tidal wetlands draw waterfowl throughout the year. The Fox Nature Center reveals other creatures hidden amid the wetlands, as well as the park's cultural background. The cooperatively managed river (the National Park Service owns no land here) was designated in 1992.
WHAT TO SEE & DO
Bicycling, bird-watching, boating, camping, canoeing, fishing, hiking, visiting historic sites. Tips & Hints: River runs primarily through private property. There are no National Park Service Facilities, but you can go to the Fox Nature Center in Estell Manor County Park (tel. 609/625-1897) for visitor information.
FOOD & LODGING
& Camping: None at site. In Belleplain: Belleplain State Forest (Rte. 550, Exit 17 off Garden State Pkwy., tel. 609/861-2404; 169 sites; $15; flush toilets, showers). Hotels: None in park. In Ocean City: Days Inn (7th and Boardwalk, tel. 609/398-2200; 80 rooms; $150-$265; closed mid-Oct.-mid-Apr). In Somers Point: Residence Inn (900 Mays Landing Rd., tel. 609/927-6400 or 800/331-3131; 120 suites; $209). X Restaurant: None in park. In Somers Point: Crab Trap (2 Broadway, tel. 609/927-7377; $5-$ 13).
FEES, HOURS & REGULATIONS
Free. Corridor open daily. New Jersey state fishing and hunting licenses required.
HOW TO GET THERE
Take the Garden State Pkwy. to the Great Egg Harbor Bay near Somers Point.
Great Egg Harbor National Scenic & Recreational River (National Park Service, Northeast Regional Office, Custom House, 3rd fl., 200 Chestnut St., Philadelphia, PA 19106, tel. 215/597-9175, fax 215/597-5747). Fox Nature Center, Atlantic County Parks (Estell Manor Park, Rte. 50, Mays Landing, NJ 08330, tel. 609/645-5960). Atlantic County Chamber of Commerce (1337 Tilton Rd., Suite 201, Northfield, NJ 08225, tel. 609/646-2214).
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