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Winslow Wildlife Management Area


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Piney Hollow Road, Winslow Township, NJ
Phone: (856) 629-0090
www.state.nj.us/dep/fgw/wmas.htm

OWNER:  NJ Department of Environmental Protection

DIRECTIONS:  From the parking area at Piney Hollow Preservation Area, turn Right onto Piney Hollow Road. After 4.5 miles, turn Left onto an unmarked sand road, shortly after passing a large Winslow WMA sign.

DIRECTIONS FROM NEAREST HIGHWAY:  From the intersection of Route 322 and Route 54 in Folsom, continue West on Route 322/ Black Horse Pike. After 3 miles, turn Right on Piney Hollow Road. After 1.3 miles, turn Left onto an unmarked sand road, shortly after passing a large Winslow WMA sign.   Map

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ACCESS AND PARKING:  It’s a WMA, so it’s WILD! See information elsewhere in this brochure. Open daily from 5 a.m. to 9 p.m. Multiple access points to this WMA – download map from website or visit the NJ Fish and Wildlife Service Southern Regional Office, which is located within Winslow WMA at 220 Blue Anchor Road in Sicklerville. Hunting in season, October through February and Mid-April through Mid-May. Wear blaze orange or other bright colors for safety.

A CLOSER LOOK:  The legendary "blue hole" at Winslow WMA is a circular pool of water about fifteen feet wide. Created by a spring that no longer flows, the water is crystal clear to depths of almost twelve feet. The legend is that the water is ice cold and bottomless, and a home of the Jersey Devil. To reach the blue hole, Turn Left onto the first sand road off of Piney Hollow Road, 0.7 miles from Rt. 322. Continue a short way through the woods to a small parking lot with a "shooting range closed" sign. From here, hike the first trail to the right - you will pass through bogs of blueberry and cranberry and arrive at a clearing with the famed pond. The hike is less than 1 mile total. It is not advised in wet weather as the sandy trail will be mostly underwater.

SITE DESCRIPTION:  Winslow Wildlife Management is the second largest contiguous piece of preserved land in Camden County after Wharton State Forest. Miles of sandy roads, trails and pull-offs traverse 7,615 acres of mixed hardwoods, upland forest, grassy fields, swamp areas and a section of the Great Egg Harbor River. With such a wide array of habitats, patient and frequent visitors can be rewarded with a well-rounded wildlife-viewing experience in any season.

DON'T MISS:  Be sure to check out the “blue hole,” a legendary pond which can be reached by a short hike from the entrance for the shotgun range on Piney Hollow Road.

THROUGH THE SEASONS:  
Winter:  Look for mistletoe growing on the leafless branches of black gum trees, mostly along the streams. Mammals such as Raccoon, Gray Fox, Coyote and White-Tailed Deer can be tracked and glimpsed. Barred, Great-horned and Screech Owl are nesting, and may be heard calling at dusk.
Spring:  Migrants such as Pine, Prothonotary and Hooded Warbler arrive in their breeding splendor and call for mates. Blue toadflax, golden heather and dwarf dandelion are blooming and attracting butterflies and bees to their nectar. Check the ponds and streamside for Wood Duck and Green Heron, and the grasslands for Bobwhite, American Woodcock, and Wild Turkey.
Summer:  Mountain Lauren and swamp azalea bloom, as well as wildflowers such as Virginia meadow-beauty, sand myrtle and orange milkwort. Blueberries and huckleberries are ripe for picking. Fledgling birds are abundant, and the ponds and surrounding shores are decorated with flowering pickerelweed and bladderworts. Dragonflies and damselflies are abundant in wet, grassy areas. Insect repellent is a priority against ticks and chiggers.
Fall:  Black gum trees provide beautiful colors and many migrant birds are here. Scan the river for a possible glimpse of a river otter or beaver. Check the fields for grassland species and raptors such as Red-Shouldered Hawk, Cooper’s Hawk and American Kestrel. Ticks remain a concern.


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