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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. Educational programs carried out by the Center stress the natural scientific intricacies and relationships that exist within local ecosystems.
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  • I highly recommend Cattus Island to anyone who loves nature and wildlife. There is a visitors center with all types of snakes, frogs, turtles, and fish native to NJ. There is lookout where you can wat...  more »
  • My husband and I love this park. There are a few trails you can choose from, but no matter which you choose, BRING BUGSPRAY!!! We go for walks with our 10 month old son and labrador and enjoy the trai...  more »
  • I run here about 3x a week. From parking lot down the main trail to the end is very close to a mile. There are many ancillary trails(very well marked), you can spend a lot of time here. Some aren't tr...  more »
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  • Omg this place is besutiful. Great well maintained hiking trails near a saltwatwr body with besches.
  • This place is beautiful. I brought my dog here and we walked the Sandy trails for an hour and a half. When we got back to the car we found HUNDREDS of ticks on him. We didn't walk into any tall grass, just on the Sandy trails. He had to of stepped in a nest of some sort. While it's not the parks fault, it ruined my experience here.
  • Nice park with trails near the water. Playground area recently renovated. Boardwalk trails through the marshy areas have been closed for a couple of years due to damage. The nature center has been closed for a year due to renovations but should reopen soon
  • This is a wonderful place to go to get a good feel for local Jersey Shore history and ecology. The great trails for hiking and jogging. Also wonderful opportunities for bird watching and other animals. The butterfly garden is beautiful it is a real treat. This is a great place for children. there are two playgrounds. between the Learning Center and the playground kids should be quite entertained.
  • Beautiful views of Barnegat Bay. Great trails including flat, easy main trail for walking, jogging, strollers and wheelchairs. Cooper Environmental Center reopens January 2017 with new exhibits, activities and educational programs.

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A few inns offer a limited number of rooms downtown. Most of the hotels are reliable chains with modern comforts. Book well before the summer months, as the beaches draw crowds in the warm weather.
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