Welcome to the Garden State! New Jersey’s Burlington and Ocean counties, both part of the Delaware Valley area, are east of the Delaware River. Burlington County stretches across the state, with its southeast corner stretching toward estuaries leading to New Jersey’s Great Bay. To the east of Burlington, Ocean County stretches to the Jersey Shore, with most of the county being flat and coastal, including parts of the Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge.
Burlington County, population 449,284 in July 2016, is home to the city of Mount Holly Township, the county seat, and McGuire Air Force Base and Fort Dix. Ocean County has 592,497 residents, and its county seat is Toms River. The county is home to NAS Lakehurst.
Both counties are rich in historical and cultural attractions plus modern amenities. In addition to inviting landscapes and peaceful natural settings, there are numerous museums and parks. Outdoor activities abound, among them hiking, camping, biking, beachcombing and more.
There are also shopping, dining and nightlife opportunities to explore: Annual events and festivals celebrate everything from the area’s agriculture to Arts in the Park, and many showcase the history of New Jersey.