905 Wells Mills Road (Route 532)
Waretown, NJ 08758
Ocean County will be conducting forestry work within Wells Mills County Park and the Wells Mills Wilderness Area OC NLT properties from 9-1-23 through 12-31-23. The work is part of a multi-year project approved by the Pinelands Commission and New Jersey Forest Service. The goal of this work is to improve forest health, reduce wildfire risk and improve habitat for threatened and endangered species. During this time, heavy equipment may be present in the areas surrounding the Red (Wildfire Ecology) and Yellow (Multi-use) Trails. Please use caution when hiking in those areas. Thank you for your cooperation.
The Nature Center at Wells Mills County Park is now open after extensive upgrades and remodeling. There are three floors of displays: Nature, History, Forest Fires and more.
OPEN FOR PASSIVE RECREATION ONLY
Park Opens 7am and Closes at: 5:30pm, as of 11/7 closing time is 5:00pm.
Wells Mills has the distinction of being the largest park in the Ocean County park system with over 900 acres of pine and oak forest within southern New Jersey's environmental marvel known as the Pine Barrens. Miles of hiking trails with varying degrees of difficulty can be found here,
The three-story Nature Center offers a great display floor, a library, and the third floor "Elizabeth Meirs Morgan Observation Deck", recently dedicated in honor of a very active naturalist and conservationist in Ocean County.
Environmental programs and classes are held regularly at Wells Mills, with experienced naturalists available to answer any questions you may have about the ecology of this area.
The Annual "Pine Barrens Jamboree" is held at Wells Mills each October. A day filled with music, piney vittles and hand-made crafts, it's an event not to be missed!
Beautiful Wells Mills Lake has trails meandering around it, perfect for a leisurely stroll through the 900 acres of Pine Barrens located within Wells Mills County Park. Canoe rentals are also available at a nominal cost.Facilities:
Bike trail, canoe rental (seasonal), conservation area, fishing, handicapped accessible, nature center, open playing fields, picnic area, playground, restrooms.
Our picnic area is available for a nominal fee. Reservations must be made a minimum of three weeks prior to your requested date.
Click the link below for the Pavilion Reservation & Rules Form or call 732-506-9090. NEW Picnic and Pavilion Rental Form 2020 Wells Mills Trail Map (PDF) Photo Gallery
for Wells Mills.
Ocean County Parks’ online maps are updated often. If you using your phone to follow a trail map, be sure to clear your cookies and refresh your browser, as older maps may appear on your screen due to your background storage. The best option is to pick up a printed map at the park kiosk. Stay Safe.DON'T HIKE ALONE, TAKE YOUR PHONE
Know where you are at all times on the trails of Ocean County
Use the link below to pinpoint your location:Ocean County Trail Tracker
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