This place is wild in the literal sense; as a wildlife management area it doesn’t receive the kind of maintenance a park would, so use a bit of caution in planning your trip here. The area transitions from piney forests to sandy paths to bogs, and while there’s plenty of nature to enjoy, parts of this ad-hoc trail system can flood.
Winslow’s main claim to fame is a little place called Blue Hole. At least, that was my motivation to hike it in 2015. The legend, as I had put together via trusty ol’ Google, is that the pool is crystal clear nearly to the bottom. It doesn’t freeze. Occasionally, people have been sucked to the bottom by the Jersey Devil. How can you resist a story like that?
So on a hot July day my hiking buddy and I set out to find the Blue Hole. If you search for it using Google maps, you’ll see it just on the west side of the Great Egg Harbor River. On the east side of the river, there’s a clear sandy area where you can park. We naturally assumed there was a bridge we could use to get across—and we were right! Kind of. There was a bridge. Right up until the 1960’s, when a storm took it out.
You can still access the Blue Hole from the west side of the river, and you can see on the trail map how to do it. But I’m sorry to say, if the pool was ever a magical spring of crystal-clear devil water, it hasn’t held up. Today it’s just a pond. The walk to find it is lovely, though.
Last updated: December 23 2017