June 7th, 2021 by

The Cattus Island County Park in Toms River is a huge expanse of parkland that features a wide range of stunning natural attractions. There is something for every member of the family to enjoy in an area that encompasses wild beaches, woodlands, and other unspoiled habitats. The Barnegat Bay offers stunning views for locals and tourists alike.

This hidden gem of a park is a great location for a day out. The wide range of hiking trails suits hikers of all levels. Your walk will be complemented by a visit to the nature center which explains the indigenous species that you can see around the park as well as housing a number of live animals for you to get up close and personal with.

Get to grips with the local wildlife by visiting the small butterfly garden or taking advantage of the wonderful bird-watching opportunities in the area. The bay boasts an abundance of bird species, such as heron and osprey. The nectar-rich plants in the butterfly garden also attract hummingbirds. Bird lovers will love the “behind the scenes” view from the live osprey cam in the newly renovated Cooper Environmental Center.

This Ocean County park has plenty to keep your attention. However, Spring is a particularly attractive time of year to visit. Blooming shrubs and wildflowers give out wonderful fragrances at this time of year. Loaner bikes are available to help you traverse the park’s trails and see as much as you can during one visit. Get more out of your visit by borrowing a free activity backpack from the park team.

Cattus Island has a range of naturalists who host guided walks to show you the secrets of the area’s natural beauty. Free weekend nature walks are held at 2 pm in the park and are a much-loved tradition, enjoyed by all generations.

The park welcomes organized groups. They put on supervised activities for schools and clubs like the Scouts. The outdoor classroom at the park provides a unique and fun learning environment. Activities are available free of charge to community and civic groups that want to learn more about the natural world, but they must be organised in advance.

Don’t miss the hidden beach trail… OK, so maybe it is not so secret! This beautiful trail is marked on the park maps and following it will reward you with some of the most stunning views in the area. Don’t forget to pack your tick repellent for your visit though as some areas have long grasses.

The Cattus Island Park is teeming with wildlife and natural beauty for you to discover. The staff at the Cooper Environmental Center have provided a range of ways to learn more about the natural wonders you can see there as well as learning how we can preserve it for future generations to enjoy. Visit Toms River Mitsubishi to discover our latest deals when you return from your fun day out.

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