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Walk on the Wild Side
Conservation Education Hikes

Join the Division of Fish & Wildlife for a series of conservation education hikes on some of New Jersey's most beautiful public open spaces. These staff-guided hikes will highlight significant landscape features and wildlife found on some of the more than 331,000 acres of New Jersey's Wildlife Management Area System.

Hikes are generally oriented for ages 10 and up, but those marked "all ages" are ideal for children ages 5 and up. Most hikes are an easy to moderate trek. Bring your field guides, binoculars, water and an energy snack. Dress for the weather and wear appropriate footwear; rain will cancel. Please check hike difficulty rating before registering.

Registration Opens 2 Weeks Prior to the Hike and is Required - No Exceptions. Groups will meet at 9:30 a.m.

To register, call 908-637-4125.

For specific information or questions regarding the hike, contact Liz Jackson at

Date WMA Location Difficulty Pace Time in Hours
July 7 Alexauken WMA E MP 2.5
July 12 Paulinskill WMA Rail Trail VE SP (ages 5+) 2
August 11 Hyper Humus WMA Rail Trail VE SP (ages 5+) 1.5
August 16 Sparta Mountain WMA M MP 4.5
Clicking on hike location above opens a map in PDF format.

For information about the Wildlife Management Area System visit; for maps of Wildlife Management Area in PDF format visit

Hike Difficulty Rating Scale

The adapted information below is provided as a guide only. Each hiker assumes the risks associated with hiking in the great outdoors.

Very Easy (VE) 3 miles or less; mostly level ground or only slight incline.
Easy (E) 3 - 5 miles; unlevel ground, rocky and/or sloped.
Moderate (M) Distance of 6+ miles with an elevation gain that will generally not exceed 350 feet per mile, with a total elevation gain of no more than 1000 ft.
Moderately Strenuous (MS) This hike could be 7 - 10 miles in length, and could include rocky trail conditions, tricky stream crossings and/or elevation gain of more than 500 ft.
Slow Pace (SP) 1 mile or less per hour with frequent stops.
Medium Pace (MP) 1 to 2 miles per hour; less on steep or rugged terrain.
Fast pace (FP) 2.5 to 3 miles per hour or more and may not vary much regardless of terrain

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Trenton, NJ 08625-0402

Last Updated: May 17, 2012