Cape May National Wildlife Refuge is located on the Cape May Peninsula in Southern New Jersey. The refuge is comprised of three units: the Delaware Bay Division, the Great Cedar Swamp Division and the Two Mile Beach Unit.
The refuge provides important habitat for a range of wildlife. The refuge is located along the Atlantic Flyway migratory route and 317 bird species have been identified within the refuge. The five-mile area along the Delaware Bay provides habitat for shorebirds and crab eggs are a plentiful food. Raptors can also be sighted in the refuge, including American kestrels, Cooper's hawks, northern harriers, osprey, peregrine falcons, ospreys and sharp-shinned hawks. The USGS Northern Prairie Wildlife Research Center provides a bird checklist for Cape May National Wildlife Refuge. Mammals also thrive in the refuge and 42 species have been identified. Birds and wildlife are best viewed during the Spring and Autumn.
There are four hiking trails for families to explore. Trails include the the Songbird Trail and Woodcock Trail in the Delaware Bay Division; Cedar Swamp Trail in the Great Cedar Swamp Division; and the Dune trail in the Two Mile Beach Unit. Properly licensed and leashed pets are permitted within the refuge, except in the Two Mile Beach Unit. The preserve is open to the public for day use only and camping is not permitted.