Edwin B. Forsythe Wildlife Refuge

The Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge is a United States National Wildlife Refuge located in southern New Jersey along the Atlantic coast just north of Atlantic City.

Canada Geese

Wildlife Drive

8 Mile Wildlife Drive


0.5 Mile Eco Trail Boardwalk

Oservation Tower

Observation Tower

Visitor information Center

Visitor Information Center

Brigantine Division

The Wildlife Refuge consists of more than 47,000 acres along the southern New Jersey coast that are actively protected and managed for migratory birds.

The refuges location is on one of the Atlantic Flyways most active flight paths. The Spring and Fall migrations bring large numbers of waterfowl, wading birds and shorebirds that stop at the refuge to rest and feed. More than 300 species of birds have been observed at the refuge.

The refuge is made up of numerous parcels totaling 43,000 acres. The two largest are the Barnegat Division and the Brigantine Division which are separated by about 20 miles. The Barnegat Division is somewhat secluded and has limited access.

The Brigantine Division, which is 6,600 acres in size, is specifically designed to accommodate and even draw the public to see the birds and wildlife. It has hiking
trails, and an 8-mile unpaved road called "Wildlife Drive," which loops over dikes that separate fresh from brackish water. Automobiles can drive along and get a good view of the wetlands and marshes and the birds and wildlife therein. There is also an eco-boardwalk for those who prefer to walk, and two observation towers. The views are great; bring your camera!


The Brigantine Division is located along NJ Route 9, about 10 miles north of Atlantic City. To get to the reserve from Atlantic City, go west on NJ Route 30, then north on NJ Route 9. Turn right off of Route 9 onto Great Creek Road near Smithville. See map below.

New Visitor Information Center

In April of 2011 the the Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge dedicated the refuge's new visitor information center, shown to the right. The center features a nature store staffed by the volunteer organization Friends of Forsythe, as well as a program room with a spotting scope and window wall.

See photos below taken at the refuge.



View From Wildlife Drive

View From Wildlife Drive

View From Wildlife Drive

View From Wildlife Drive

View From WildLife Drive

View From Wildlife Drive

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