Estell Manor Park, 3.5 miles south of Mays Landing, New Jersey, has an extensive system of trails for mountain biking, hiking and walking, and includes a 1.8-mile, fully accessible boardwalk that takes visitors through wetlands and coastal forest and offering views of the South River.
The 1,700-acre park has an interesting history, first home to Native Americans then a glassworks factory in the 19th century, followed by a munitions plant during World War I. Fortunately, the native habitat has returned and includes a fantastic array of flora and fauna.
In addition to recreation on the trails, the park offers boating, fishing, camping, picnicking, a ball field and a nature center. They also have a host of outdoor programs, and they lend out sporting equipment free of charge (bikes and helmets, soccer balls, softball equipment, Frisbees, jump ropes, horseshoes).
Warning: Shotgun hunting of deer takes place on the park's northern end; signs are posted to warn visitors during the fall season. The park is open year-round 7:30 a.m. to dusk.
Parking and Trail Access
Estell Manor Park is bordered by the Great Egg Harbor River / South River to the east and Route 50 to the west. The park is located at 109 State Highway 50, Mays Landing, NJ.