Glades Wildlife Refuge

Don’t miss the spring migration of horseshoe crabs at Raybins Beach…

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Glades Wildlife Refuge

Newport, NJ
Brian Johnson, Preserve Manager

1. Main information kiosk is located at Turkey Point Rd. and Maple Ave.
2. Additional trailhead parking is located throughout the preserve. See trail map for details.

Our Glades Wildlife Refuge is a 6,765-acre expanse of diverse landscapes: vast tidal marshes, wooded uplands, beaches along the Delaware Bay, and a remarkable old growth forest. Once part of New Jersey’s agricultural and maritime economy, the refuge is Natural Lands Trust’s largest single preserve.


trails Nearly 5 miles of unpaved trails ranging from easy to moderate (Trails are maintained November – April)
Birds World class birding location with raptors like Bald Eagle and Northern Harrier, as well as shorebirds and songbirds. Part of four “Important Bird Areas” (a National Audubon Society designation); Raybins Beach on the Delaware Bay is one of the best locations for spotting migrating shorebirds and horseshoe crabs.
Canoeing and Kayaking Kayaking/canoeing permitted (call for more information; see paddling maps below)
Special Plants Plants that tolerate tidal brackish water dominate the refuge: spartina grasses (including salt hay) and common reed grass are the most abundant species
Woodlands Woodlands dominated by tuliptrees that are over 100 feet tall; old growth forest with black tupelo trees that are more than 450 years old


Trail Map (print before you go)

Paddling Maps (print before you go):

Observation platforms