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New Jersey Natural Lands Trust
Mystic Island, New Jersey

New Jersey Nature Preserves

New Jersey Natural Lands Trust Statewide Preserve Map

Click the green logo dots below for PDF maps and additional information on selected Trust preserves, including locations, features of interest, size, access, directions, permitted passive recreational activities and registration for deer hunting, where allowed.

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Preserve Public Use Policy

As of January 1, 2010, the Trust was responsible for over 26,000 acres located throughout the state. These lands comprise over 100 Natural Lands Trust Preserves, and the number is steadily growing. Many Trust preserves are suitable for public visitation, and have features such as limited parking and interpretive trails. Parcels that do not adjoin public roads are considered land-locked and are not available for public access or hunting at this time. Passive recreational use is allowed only if it will not adversely affect biological diversity on the lands.

Deer hunting is allowed in many of the Trust's preserves with written authorization in order to assist in reducing the negative effects of deer browsing on biodiversity. Those who visit during the deer hunting season (between September and February) are advised to wear hunter orange. No hunting is allowed on Sundays, making Sundays good visitation days during the deer hunting season.

Natural Lands Trust preserves are open during daylight hours for general, passive outdoor recreation use and nature study. The Trust encourages groups and individuals to visit and utilize the preserves for nature study, bird watching, day hiking, and/or fishing.

The following activities are not permitted on Trust Preserves:

  • Camping
  • Fires
  • Alcohol possession or use
  • Swimming
  • Hunting for deer without written permission
  • Hunting for bear, turkey, small game or waterfowl
  • Carrying or use of firearms or weapons other than for hunting
  • Use of motorized vehicles off of public roads
  • Use of ATVs, quads, 4-wheelers, snowmobiles, wave-runners or other vehicles
  • Collection or destruction of plants, animals, cultural artifacts or fossils
  • Dumping or littering

    To report an environmental incident impacting NJ, call the Toll-Free 24-Hour Hotline 1-877-WARNDEP (1-877-927-6337)

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