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County Hwy 619

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Free
24/7 daily

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Beaches, Free, Hiking, Recreation, Sightseeing Type
Half Day to Full Day Time to Spend

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  • 5.0Value
  • 3.5Facilities
  • 4.0Atmosphere

A small strip of undeveloped land, Corson's Inlet State Park was established in 1969 to protect its distinct wildlife. This state park appeals primarily to nature lovers, who want a more organic beach experience than the popular city beach. The park boasts hiking trails that weave through sand dunes and beaches for sun-soaking (but no swimming) and other wilderness areas. There is also a boat launch available for anyone who wants to take advantage of a day on the water.

Past travelers delighted in hunting for hermit crabs, while fishers praised the park's assortment of excellent angling spots. Recent visitors suggested strolling Corson's Inlet State Park's hiking trails to potentially catch a glimpse of interesting wildlife and make the most of a visit to the area.

Corson's Inlet State Park sits on the south edge of Ocean City, about 6 miles south of downtown. The state park is open year-round and free to access. Visitors must pay for a New Jersey fishing permit or a seasonal boat launch fee if they plan to fish or launch a boat. Swimming is not allowed. Also, dogs are not allowed from April 1 through Sept. 15. Additional information about Corson's Inlet State Park is available on the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection website.

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