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Wildlife Drive - USFWS.


Visitor Information Center Coronavirus (COVID-19) Restrictions:

The Visitor Information Center (exhibits, restrooms, and the Friends of Forsythe gift shop) is currently closed to the public due to COVID-19 restrictions. Port-o-johns are available at Headquarters across from the Visitor Information Center. 

The public may continue to purchase passes from the Meeting Room located behind the Visitor Information Center on Wednesday, Friday, and Saturday from 10:00AM to 2:00PM. 


Visitor Information Center

The refuge operates a Visitor Information Center. There is a gallery with state of the art interactive displays, video presentations, and a Nature Store which is operated by the Friends of Forsythe. It is located at the refuge headquarters in Galloway, NJ.

  • 800 Great Creek Road
    Galloway, NJ 08205
  • Telephone: 609-652-1665
  • Visitor Information Center Hours: Open Wednesday through Sunday 10 AM to 3 PM, Closed Monday-Tuesday
    Holidays: Closed
  • Refuge Hours: The refuge is open from sunrise to sunset. Please call ahead for hours of operation as they may change based on weather conditions.

Other points of interest located near the Visitor Information Center:

  • Wildlife Drive: An 8 mile self-guided tour of saltwater marsh, freshwater habitat, and upland forest. This area is known internationally as a birding “hotspot”. Observation towers are located at Gull Pond and Turtle Cove.
  • Akers Trail: This trail is a short walk through upland forest. It is handicap accessible.
  • Leed’s EcoTrail & Boardwalk: The eco-trail winds through forest and ends at the salt marsh. The boardwalk provides visitors with an overview of the salt marsh. There are interpretive panels about salt marsh ecology. The Osprey nest overlook has an interpretive panel describing the life cycle of the Osprey plus binoculars that provide a closer look at the nest and Refuge.
  • Songbird Trail: The trail takes visitors through upland forest. It is approximately 5 miles long and can be hiked in sections or in its entirety. During spring, summer, and fall, many different species of birds can be viewed along this trail. The trail includes parts of the Wildlife Drive.
  • Jen’s Trail: This scenic hike circles around fresh water ponds. The trail climbs to a high point where an overview of the Refuge’s freshwater impoundments and salt water marshes can be viewed. Visitors can complete Jen’s Trail, or divert to the Songbird Trail. The trailhead is located on the Wildlife Drive where parking is available.

Points of Interest North of the Visitor Information Center(listed north to south):

  • The deCamp Wildlife Trail
  • Eno's Pond
  • Barnegat Observation Platform
  • Holgate Wilderness Area
  • Graveling Point
  • Scott's Landing