Last week, I took a drive out to Cattus Island Park in Toms River. Originally, I wanted to enjoy the shore while still doing something active. While laying on the beach is fun for some, it isn’t all that fun to me. I get bored after a few minutes. One of the parks I’ve wanted to get too is Cattus Island in Toms River, so it worked out.
Cattus is an easy trail suitable for a leisurely walk, small kids, or pets. You hike through the Pinelands, on a boardwalk, and along the beach. There is even a massive Osprey nest! The hike itself is one of the easiest I’ve done, with a mix of sand, boardwalk, dirt, and pine needles. If you combine all of the trails, it ends up being about 6.9 miles.
One thing I appreciated about Cattus Island Park was the map available at the front. Obviously, everything is available online beforehand, but it’s nice to have a paper copy out.
I did hike most of the trails, but it got to be a bit windy along the shore, and I was getting cold. Plus, I also wanted to beat the traffic on route 70.
Starting along the boardwalk
Marsh and Wetlands
Then all of a sudden the trail went through the pines.
And along a small creek.
Then all of a sudden I was along the shore.
This is when things got windy. It got cold quickly. It’s hard to believe because the rest of the week has been so warm!
In all, I had an excellent time hiking, and I’m glad I went out there. Cattus Island Park is a beautiful, leisurely park and I highly suggest it.
Spring 2018 Hikes I’ve Done:
Cattus Island Park (Toms River)
Turkey Swamp Park (Freehold)
You can see all hikes here.
This Spring and Summer, I want to get to as many NJ parks as possible. Now that the weather is nice, it’s been great to be outdoors!
Questions for you:
What was the last park you’ve been too?
Do you have any plans this spring and summer?