Named for its majestic rounded cliffs overlooking the 35.4-mile “Wild and Scenic” Maurice River, this 500-acre preserve offers hilly terrain not often found in southern New Jersey. The preserve provides crucial stopover habitat for migrating and breeding birds, including songbirds, waterfowl and raptors like nesting osprey and bald eagles. The nature preserve also hosts productive freshwater ponds and unique plant communities, including some of New Jersey’s largest contiguous wild rice marshes. The preserve is a freshwater haven for the many species of insects that make their home here.
Visitors will enjoy the site’s many amenities, including six miles of hiking trails with a 35-foot long bridge, steps and rails on steeper inclines, multiple benches and picnic tables, an information kiosk, bird blind enclosure, floating dock and a thrilling six-mile mountain biking trail, designed following International Mountain Biking Association standards.
TNC protected lands like the Maurice River Bluffs provide critical lands and waters for some of New Jersey’s most endangered species.