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New Jersey Coastal Heritage Trail Route Facilities

VISITOR CENTERS

Cape May Region Welcome Center

Open

Open All Year 8:30-4:30

Phone

(609) 624-0918

Location

Directions: The welcome center is located at the Ocean View Service Area of the Garden State Parkway at milepost 18.3.

Closures

The information center operates daily from 9:00am to 4:30pm. It is closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year's Day.

Special Programs

This is a full service center operated by the New Jersey Division of Travel and Tourism. It is fully accessible and includes the Cape May County Chamber of Commerce with information about area lodging and points of interest.

Exhibits

New Jersey Coastal Heritage Trail Route exhibits, an audiovisual orientation program, information, and brochures about the Trail are available. The exhibits focus on the Trail's Relaxation and Inspiration interpretive theme.

Available Facilities

Restrooms, travel information, resturants, full service fuel and service station, special exhibits about the region, informational brochures, AV alcove with Trail orientation video.

Delsea Region Welcome Center

Open

Open All Year, the grounds of the fort are open daily from 8:00am to 7:30pm from Memorial Day to Labor Day, and 8:00am to 4:00pm for the remainder of the year.

Phone

(856) 935-3218

Location

Directions: Heading east on state road 49, take county road 630 (Fort Mott Road); heading west on SR49, take CR632 (Lighthouse Road), and follow the Fort Mott State Park signs.

Closures

Call the park for holiday closures.

Special Programs

On weekends only, beginning with the last weekend in April through mid-June, Wednesday through Sunday from mid-June through Labor Day, and again on weekends only from Labor Day through the last weekend in September, visitors can travel back in time on the Delaware River and Bay Authority's three forts ferry crossing. This ferry service connects Delaware City, Delaware, Fort Delaware on Pea Patch Island, and Fort Mott.

Exhibits

Built for the federal government's post Civil War coastal defense plan of defending Delaware River ports, Fort Mott was part of a three-fort coastal defense system which also included Fort Delaware on Pea Patch Island and Fort DuPont in Delaware City, Delaware. Its big 10 and 12 inch guns were mounted on disappearing carriages with an effective range of eight to ten miles, sufficient to match or out-range the guns of contemporary naval vessels. Welcome Center exhibits on the Trail's maritime history theme and Trail information are available.

Available Facilities

Guided interpretive walks along the sea wall during the busy summer season. Restrooms, AV theatre with Trail orientation videos, picnic grounds, and nearby Hancock House State Historic Site.

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