Trail

Cattus Island Main Trail

Toms River, NJ
Length: 2.00 mi.
Type: Out & Back

About This Trail

[Total: 1    Average: 4/5]

This gem of a park is perfect for all ages. While this area can be windy almost year round it also is enjoyable too.
Park in lot and head towards the nature center but walk along the backside where the rangers park and head down the trail towards the water. This is the first “open” section of the marsh. You’ll also notice Osprey nesting platforms.
Follow this main trail as it weaves along the marsh on both sides. You’ll be nestled amongst Oaks, Maples and Pines which means fall color is spot on! The island trail bumps into the main trail 4 different times. Just stay on the main road and enjoy the changes of scenery. Once past the last intersection you’re in the next opening. It’s almost like you’re on a stranded island section with the section of dead trees and tall reed grasses. At the end of the road you’ve reached the end of the trail. You can keep walking along the beach and enjoy the nearly 360 degree views of Barnegat and Silver Bays. Retrace your steps to return back…but you MUST visit the nature center. It’s been redone and it’s glorious!

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Trail Features

Surface type Mixed
Carrier needed No
Stroller friendly Yes
ADA accessible No
Water fountains Yes
Bathrooms No
Cell reception Excellent
Pet friendly Yes
Nearby convenience store Yes
Camping Nearby No
Emergency support
within 5 miles
Yes

Trail highlights

Creek / River, Mud Puddles, Picnic Area, Playground, Viewpoint, Visitor Center, and Wildlife Viewing

Playground is located at end of parking lot

Trail Contributor

[Total: 1    Average: 4/5]

Hey! I started as a BA in 2016 because I was looking for ways to not only connect with other outdoor fanatics but to also find a way to encourage new parents and caretakers the courage and support to find ways to get outside. There is no greater joy than watching a child come alive outside! I am happy to help you find the best- for you- Trails, Parks and Epic Play areas in and around Maryland….and add some fun facts in the mix.

About The Guide

Hike it Baby Family Trail Guide is an online resource to help families with children source trails that little legs can hike and parents can feel comfortable with. Hike details are sourced and have been hiked by families who participate in our community. Our contributors do their best to give you all the details they can, but if something is missed, you can reach out to the contributor and offer suggestions for them to add to make it a better trail description for all. This guide was built with a generous 3-year partnership with L.L Bean. Like Hike it Baby, L.L Bean believes that helping get families into nature from birth on is key to healthier, happier communities.