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  • JORBA Night at Brielle Cyclery
    What if there were no mountain bike trails? Imagine if there was no place to hike or mountain bike in New Jersey? Advocacy groups and volunteers are integral to sustaining outdoor recreation spaces. The good news? You can help by volunteering. Join Brielle Cyclery and JORBA to learn how you can help maintain your favorite bike…
  • Smithville Nature Preserve Trail Cleaning Day Saturday November 18th
    Smithville Nature Preserve Trail Cleaning Day Smithville Nature Preserve We have about three miles of the new perimeter trail at the new Smithville Nature Preserve mowed and ready to be cleaned. We have planned our first to the public trail cleaning day for this Saturday from 9am -1pm. We encourage everyone to bring their own…
  • Provide Input on Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan
    DEP Urges Public to Provide Input on Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan Department is Committed to Robust Plan that Provides Equitable Recreational Opportunities for New Jersey’s Diverse Residents TRENTON – The New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection is announcing the start of a 30-day public comment period for the Statewide Comprehensive Outdoor Recreation Plan (SCORP) for…
  • Wharton State Forest Trail Maintenance Schedule 2023-2024
    Batsto Area MTB Trails Volunteer Maintenance is done under the supervision of Wharton Staff Please Bring Please dress appropriately for working outdoors, with suitable footwear and gloves. Trail Tools will be provided. RSVP Please RSVP to WSF_MTBcrew@yahoo.com
  • Check Out a New Trail
    Check out NJ’s newest trail, Lost and Found in Seaview Trails. A new trail just over 2.5 miles in length with many logovers, a teeter totter, skinny’s, and other features. It’s rated as intermediate for the obstacles, even though there is no significant elevation gain.


Estell Manor Park is located 3.5 miles south of Mays Landing on Route 50. It is bordered by the Great Egg Harbor River / South River to the east and by Route 50 to the west. In all, it is about 1700 acres large. This is Atlantic County Park System’s most popular park and the Division of Parks and Recreation headquarters.

After the Native Americans, this was land owned by the Estell family and was the site of a glassworks in the 1800’s, then became the site of a munitions plant during World War I. After 70 years, the forest has reclaimed this area, and is now home to an incredible diversity of plants and animals.

Additional Information:

You may mountain bike on any of the trails, but be careful with your tire tracks and be careful on the bridges. We can lend you a bike for free, if you leave a copy of your license at the Nature Center. Bicycles are not permitted on the Swamp Trail Boardwalk.