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Tuesday, June 30, 2015

Visiting the Cape May National Wildlife Refuge

Cape May National Wildlife Refuge in New Jersey
The Cape May National Wildlife Refuge Two Mile Beach Unit is located right off of Ocean Drive in Wildwood Crest, New Jersey. This national wildlife park is FREE to visit and offers ample free parking.
Cape May National Wildlife Refuge in New Jersey

When we visited there were two free parking lots on the premises, one for handicap and one for regular visitors. The handicap parking lot had around a dozen parking spaces.
Cape May National Wildlife Refuge in New Jersey

As you walk the trails you will find a few educational boards to read which teach you about the plant life and birds that call this wildlife refuge home. I love that they are large boards and I was able to easily read the information without having my glasses on.
Cape May National Wildlife Refuge in New Jersey

The trail is an easy walk. It is part semi-firm sand and eventually turns into a boardwalk for easier walking. There is a wood observation platform where you can stand and look out at the ocean or the marsh area on either side.
Cape May National Wildlife Refuge in New Jersey

We took our time and from the parking lot to the observation platform at the beach entrance it took us around 15 minutes. It's a very easy walk with some shade along the way. I do suggest wearing comfortable shoes, put on some sunblock and carry a bottle of water with you before heading out on the trail.
Cape May National Wildlife Refuge in New Jersey

Once we reached the observation deck area we got beautiful views of the Atlantic Ocean. There is a beach area for those who want to hang out on the beach for awhile or you can just sit/stand and enjoy the gorgeous seaside views.
Cape May National Wildlife Refuge in New Jersey

The return walk back to the parking area was just as easy as the first trip in. You take the same exact trail and just follow the path as you go along.
Cape May National Wildlife Refuge in New Jersey

On the day we visited we saw a few song birds along the path, two small turtles, a snowy egret and a few other coastal birds that call this place home. We didn't get very close to them but we definitely got some nice peeks at them in their natural habitat.

Overall, I really enjoyed this nature walk and will definitely be doing it again when visiting the south Jersey shore. It's 100% free and makes for a great family activity. You can learn more about the Cape May National Wildlife Refuge Two Mile Beach Unit by visiting their website online.

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