Wells Mills County Park, Waretown

Directions: From the Garden State Parkway Southbound:
Exit 69 (Waretown); turn LEFT (west) onto Wells Mills Road, Route 532; proceed approx. 2.5 miles to park entrance on the LEFT.

From the Garden State Parkway Northbound:
Exit 69 (Waretown); turn LEFT onto Well Mill Road, Route 532; proceed approx. 2.5 miles to park entrance on the LEFT.

From Route 9 North or South: At traffic light intersection in Waretown(Ocean Township near Wawa and Hall Realtors (1.5 miles south of Oyster Creek), turn WEST onto Wells Mills Road (Route 532), proceed 5 miles to Wells Mills County Park (2.5 miles after Garden State Parkway overpass).

From Route 72 East or West: Turn NORTH onto Wells Mills Road (Route 532) and proceed 3.8 miles to Wells Mills County Park on RIGHT.

Trail Information: Bike trail, canoe rental (seasonal), conservation area, fishing, handicap accessible, nature center, open playing fields, picnic area, playground, restrooms.

Miscellaneous Information: Wells Mills has the distinction of being the largest park in the Ocean County park system with over 900 acres of pine and oak forest within southern New Jersey's environmental marvel known as the Pine Barrens.  Miles of hiking trails with varying degrees of difficulty can be found here, including a "VIP" (Visually Impaired Persons) Trail.

The Nature Center at Wells Mills County Park offers a beautiful view of Wells Mills Lake. The three-story Nature Center offers a great display floor, a library, and the third floor "Elizabeth Meirs Morgan Observation Deck", recently dedicated in honor of a very active naturalist and conservationist in Ocean County.

Environmental programs and classes are held regularly at Wells Mills, with experienced naturalists available to answer any questions you may have about the ecology of this area. The monthly "Full Moon Hikes" are but one of the popular events taking place here.

The Annual "Pine Barrens Jamboree" is held at Wells Mills each October.  A day filled with music, piney vittles and hand-made crafts, it's an event not to be missed!

Beautiful Wells Mills Lake has trails meandering around it, perfect for a leisurely stroll through the 900 acres of Pine Barrens located within Wells Mills County Park.  Canoe rentals are also available at a nominal cost.

Brian R. Hickey