Dismal Swamp (New Jersey) facts for kids
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|Location||Middlesex County, New Jersey|
|Area||650 acres (3 km2)|
The Dismal Swamp is a wetland ecosystem located in an urban environment. The swamp covers nearly 650 acres (3 km2) with 12 acres (0 km2) located in Metuchen with the remaining portion in Edison and South Plainfield. The swamp contains a number of wildlife species, including the endangered loggerhead shrike. There are an estimated 165 different species of birds in the swamp.
A vineyard was planted in the southern section of the swamp during the 1700s with subsequent agriculture development during the 1800s.
It is believed that the name of the swamp comes from Dismal Brook, a stream that once flowed through the area.
The Triple C Ranch, located within Dismal Swamp, is headquarters to the Edison Wetlands Association. Located in the middle of the Swamp, and adjacent to 275 acres (1 km2) of land owned by Edison Township, the 5.27 acres (0 km2) ranch is one of the few remaining working farms in northern Middlesex Country.
The Middlesex Greenway a rail-trail provides public access to some sections of the swamp.
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