Visit Trail Welcome Centers for brochures, maps, and videos about the entire Trail as well as specialized exhibits on one of the Trail's five themes. Staff are available to answer questions. Welcome Centers currently exist for the Cape May Region and Delsea Region. All five Trail regions will eventually have Welcome Centers.
The Delsea Region Welcome Center has exhibits on the Maritime History theme, and the Cape May Region Welcome Center explores the Relaxation and Inspiration theme.
Cape May Region Welcome Center
Open: All Year 9:00am - 5:00pm
Phone: (609) 624-0918
The Welcome Center is located at the Ocean View Service Area of the Garden State Parkway at milepost 18.3.
The information center operates daily from 9:00am to 5:00pm. It is closed on Thanksgiving, Christmas, and New Year’s Day.
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.
New Jersey Coastal Heritage Trail Route exhibits, an audio-visual orientation program, information, and brochures about the Trail are available. The exhibits focus on the Trail's Relaxation & Inspiration interpretive theme.
Restrooms, travel information, restaurants, full-service fuel and service station, special exhibits about the region, informational brochures, AV alcove with Trail orientation video.
Delsea Region Welcome Center
Open: All Year - Hours vary throughout the year.
Phone: (856) 935-3218
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.
Call the park for holiday closures.
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. Note: There is no ferry service from August 2006 through April 2007 due to construction.
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.
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.