|Worthington State Forest|
Located at the southern end of the Delaware Water Gap national Recreation Are, the state forest lands along the Kittatinny Ridge are mixed deciduous and evergreen.<br><br>
Some of the most rugged terrain and splendid views in New Jersey are found in Worthington State Forest.
|Description: Dismal Swamp is one of the last remaining wetlands in a highly urbanized environment. It is designated a “priority wetland” by the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service. The area features wetlands that are of unique ecological value, upland deciduous forests with mature trees more than 50 years old and abandoned fields rich with herbaceous vegetation. The open swampland along Bound Brook provides a floodwater storage buffer for surrounding developments.|
Wildlife to Watch: The swamp supports a variety of wildlife-sightings of at least 165 bird species are recorded each year. Look for green herons, American bitterns, American black ducks, northern harriers, Virginia rails, spotted sandpipers, yellow-billed cuckoos, and eastern phoebes in the wetlands and fields. Songbirds are numerous in the wetland and upland forests and endangered loggerhead shrikes are reported to breed here. Sightings of endangered grasshopper sparrows are also on record. The swamp’s mammals include white-tailed deer, raccoons, eastern cottontails, and red foxes. Eastern box turtles, and spotted turtles, black racers, and northern water snakes are among the reptiles present.
Other Activities: Take the Dismal Swamp trail from Metuchen for a short but interesting hike through a portion of the swamp. The trail is fun for children and unique in that it uses fallen trees as observation blinds and bridges.
Ownership: Edison Township, Borough of Metuchen
Size: 240 acres in Edison, almost 10 acres in Metuchen
Closest Town: Edison and Metuchen
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