Cattus Island County Park, Toms River

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Cattus Island County Park and the Cooper Environmental Center (CEC) are dedicated to educating its visitors about the natural world of Ocean County.

Cattus Island Park offers visitors year round opportunities to escape into the beauty of the outdoors. Our educational programs stress the natural scientific intricacies and relationships that exist within local ecosystems.

Call the Cooper Environmental Center to schedule or to request a listing of available programs.
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  • I do quite a bit of hiking in NJ and this is a favorite. I love being in the coastal areas a literally getting a little bit of everything - beach, marshland, wooded areas. It is fairly busy and has....  more
    I do quite a bit of hiking in NJ and this is a favorite. I love being in the coastal areas a literally getting a little bit of everything - beach, marshland, wooded areas. It is fairly busy and has....  more »
  • Love this place and have loved it since I was a kid and I’ll always go back to it - it’s like my favorite place to hike and see some beautiful nature and it’s awesome I live so close to it I can be... 
    Love this place and have loved it since I was a kid and I’ll always go back to it - it’s like my favorite place to hike and see some beautiful nature and it’s awesome I live so close to it I can be...  more »
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  • I’m in love with this little park! I grew up in Howell and had no clue this was even here! You can tell this is a preserved land because of how much natural scape is in tact. There are also many osprey perches with active ospreys in them! I took as much time as I could, following the blue trail around to the hidden beach trail, then back around. It wound up being 4 miles! I highly recommend a day in this park. Wish we could swim though.
  • Cattus Island Park is 530 acres nestled between Silver Bay and Barnegat Bay and has 7 miles of trails. I walked the main trail which is a dirt and gravel path down to an isolated beach overlooking Silver Bay. The view walking this path was so beautiful as was walking on the boardwalk path. It was a bit of a challenge getting to the beach because the flies were relentless. There was a sign at the entrance to the park stating the fly season specifically referring to the Horse Fly and the Deer Fly is June through August so if you plan on coming during this time frame, just be prepared. I hope to come here again in the Fall so I can go on the Hidden Beach Trail. Fun Fact: There are Osprey Nest Platforms throughout the park that were built by the local Boy Scouts.

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