Maurice National Scenic and Recreational River


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2019 Lighthouse Challenge of NJ»

I visited the National Scenic and Recreational Maurice River as a side trip during The Lighthouse Challenge of NJ, which celebrated its 20th anniversary in 2019. I visited about half of the participating sites, focusing on the ones I didn’t see in 2018.


After visiting the East Point Lighthouse, which sits at the mouth of the Maurice River at the Delaware Bay, I followed the signs for the Maurice River Townships Bike Trails. This led me to a landing area upriver from the lighthouse.


This part of the river runs through salt marshes. Congress designated 29 miles of the river under the Wild and Scenic River program in 1993 because of its importance as a link between the Pine Barrens and the Delaware Bay ecosystems.


It is a habitat for over half of the state’s endangered species, a productive oystering area and is the only place in NJ where wild rice grows.


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Location: Fort Mott & Lighthouse Rds, Pennsville, NJ 08070

Designation: National Scenic and Recreational River

Date established/designated: December 1, 1993

Date of my visit: October 19, 2019