New Jersey Coastal Heritage Trail Route
Designed as a driving tour of some of New Jersey's most spectacular and unique destinations, the New Jersey Coastal Heritage Trail Route was established in 1988 "to provide for public appreciation, education, understanding, and enjoyment" of significant natural and cultural sites associated with the coastal area of the State of New Jersey. The Coastal Heritage Trail is divided into five regions linked by the common heritage of life on the Jersey Shore and Raritan and Delaware bays. Five themes define different aspects of coastal life: Maritime History, Coastal Habitats, Wildlife Migration, Historic Settlements, and Relaxation and Inspiration. The Historic Settlements and Relaxation & Inspiration themes are still under development. Each region has its own map and list of destinations. Visitors in the Sandy Hook Region, for instance, can travel to the highest point on the Eastern Seaboard--Mount Mitchill at 266 feet above sea level. Or, in the Delsea Region visitors can explore Belleplain State Forest, wetlands, nature and wildlife preserves, and historical sites from the Civil War.
The Trail is a partnership project by the National Park Service in cooperation with the State of New Jersey and many other public and private organizations working to preserve the state's natural and cultural heritage. The Trail extends along coastal New Jersey, from Perth Amboy to Cape May on the Atlantic coast, and west along the Delaware Bay from Cape May to the Delaware Memorial Bridge at Deepwater, New Jersey.
Trail welcome centers are located at Fort Mott State Park (off State Route 49 between Salem and Pennsville in Salem County near the Delaware Memorial Bridge) and at the Ocean View Tourist Information Center (Milepost 18.3 on the Garden State Parkway in Cape May County north of Cape May).