The Edwin B Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge in Barnegat viewed from Ridgeway St. at sunset.

BACKGROUND: Visit this unspoiled section of southern New Jersey for hiking or just a day away from the crowds. The refuge, which is actually a collection of several sites along the southern New Jersey coast, is open only during daylight hours .

The refuge's Brigantine and Barnegat Divisions were originally two separate refuges for migratory water birds. They were combined under the Edwin B. Forsythe name in 1984.

The refuge is a great place for a day of hiking. Visitors should remain on roads and trails, so as not to disturb the wildlife. Leashed pets are permitted in some sections of the refuge, but are prohibited at the Holgate section. The refuge's headquarters is at its Brigantine Division on the mainland, at Oceanville. From Route 9 in Oceanville, visitors may enter the refuge via Great Creek Road.

INSIDER INFO: The Forsythe Refuge is an excellent place to observe and learn about nature and wildlife. Visitors can use the area for recreational activities such as biking, boating, hiking, hunting and fishing.

WHERE: The refuge is located along Great Creek Road in Oceanville. CLICK HERE FOR DIRECTIONS.

HOURS AND COST: There is a $4 per car admission fee based on the honor system. Call (609) 652-1665.

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