Trails & Facilities
Nine miles of relatively flat trails meander through 500 acres of The Great Swamp, of which approximately four miles are boardwalks. They are open every day from sunrise to sunset.
Cattails and sedges are found as you wander the boardwalks in the freshwater marsh. Along the Yellow Trail that takes you close to the Passaic River, the seasonally inundated floodplain is home to Pin Oak, Red Maple, and Ash. Along the southern perimeter of the park (the Blue and Red trails) succession is slowly changing abandoned farm fields to woodland. In these areas, wildflowers and shrubs mingle with grasses and saplings and provide homes for many birds, mammals, and insects.
The Special Use Trail (SUT) travels between the Center and Branta Pond. It is an easily accessible boardwalk trail for those who are looking for a short walk or for those with limiting abilities. It has a recently renovated Native Plant Garden, herb gardens, and a pleasant gazebo in which to sit and enjoy the surrounds.
Trail maps are available at the front desk or online. Be sure to check out the kiosks at the trailhead and at the "dike" on the Red trail for seasonal information!