Welcome to NJ Dismal Swamp
Known as the "Everglades of Central New Jersey," the Dismal Swamp Conservation Area (DSCA) is the largest natural area remaining in northern Middlesex County, spanning portions of Edison, Metuchen, and South Plainfield.
The Dismal Swamp serves as a natural oasis holding United States Environmental Protection Agency Federal Priority Wetlands status. The Dismal Swamp is home to over 175 species of birds, and two dozen species of mammals, amphibians and reptiles, as well as a dozen threatened and endangered species such as the American bittern, bald eagle, and spotted turtle. The Dismal Swamp also provides natural flood control, while its forests produce oxygen, and its wetlands clean and purify water. Our mission is to protect and preserve all remaining land in the DSCA for the benefit of Middlesex County families and endangered wildlife.
Dismal Swamp Master Plan
"The Conservation Area Management Plan outlines short term and long term stewardship recommendations for the Dismal Swamp which specifically address: identifying areas where invasive plant species should be eradicated; enhancing the existing trail networks and park signs; conducting additional seasonal wildlife surveys; evaluating stormwater impacts to the Dismal Swamp and potential stormwater mitigation measures; and restoring specific wetland areas. In addition, the report outlines strategies to assist in prioritizing parcels for future open space acquisitions and coordinating efforts with local municipalities, the county, the NJDEP Green Acres program, and land trust organizations to secure appropriate funding."
See below for full Dismal Swamp Master Plan and supporting documents.