Just Imagine the Discoveries You Can Make Along the Byway
Outdoor Recreation, Where Fun Comes Naturally
Located in the Pinelands National Reserve, an International Biosphere Reserve, the Pine Barrens Byway is the perfect place for nature lovers. Get a feel for the breadth and depth of the byway by taking on the region’s longest uninterrupted hiking experience in the Pinelands, the Batona Trail. Countless scenic trails and invigorating recreational activities means there’s plenty of opportunity to enjoy the many wildlife refuges, state forests, parks and rivers in the region. The byway is home to some of the best areas for wildlife observation. Bald eagles, red-tailed hawks, marsh hawks, ospreys, great blue herons, swans, screech owls, great-horned owls, bluebirds, hummingbirds, purple martins, goldfinch are just some of the animals you might see at the parks and forests around the byway.
Authentic Local Culture
Check out the Tuckerton Seaport Museum and Sam Azeez Museum of Woodbine Heritage, explore the ghost towns in the Pine Barrens, pick blueberries and learn about cranberry production in the area to experience the unique culture and history this byway has to offer.
History You Can Only Find Here
Lush forests aren’t the only attractions in the Pine Barrens. This byway is filled with rich history to experience like Batsto Village, a manufacturing community that operated in the late 1700s to the mid-1800s and supplied the Continental Army with iron.
Local Cuisine and Lodging
With much of New Jersey’s cranberry and blueberry production occurring in the Pinelands, you’ll find plenty of fresh berries and other produce at the local farms. And with picnic areas located across all the parks and forests, you can pack your own meals and snacks to enjoy.
For more information on restaurants and lodging that you can drive to from the byway, go to visitnj.org or the Chambers of Commerce for Atlantic County, Cumberland County, Cape May County, Burlington County and Ocean County.
What to Do on Your Byway Adventure
Tuckerton Seaport’s 40-acre site includes; 17 historic and recreated buildings connected by a boardwalk, a maritime forest and wetlands nature trail, two houseboats, a decoy gallery, a working boatworks building where restorations of sneakbox designs of the Barnegat Bay occur, a historic marine railway, decoy carving workshops and the recreated Tucker’s Island Lighthouse.
Hiking, camping, fishing, picnicking, boating, canoeing, kayaking, swimming, cross-county skiing, horseback riding
Try hiking, camping, fishing, picnicking, boating, canoeing, kayaking, swimming, cross-county skiing, and horseback riding at Bass River State Forest.
Try hiking, camping, fishing, hunting, picnicking, boating, canoeing, swimming or cross-country skiing at Wharton State Forest.
A manufacturing community that operated between the mid-1700s and late-1800s. Tour the village’s historic buildings.
Visit the site and ruins of a forge and furnace that began iron production in 1802.
Historic lighthouse, pavilions, picnic tables, fishing, softball, volleyball, playground… the east side of the lake offers the best views!
Come here for mountain biking, boating, camping, kayaking, canoeing, cross-county skiing, fishing, guided hikes, hiking, in-line skating, nature trails, playground and picnicking and scenic views.
Learn about the Battle of Chestnut Neck during the American Revolution and how smugglers and privateers used the dense forests in the Pine Barrens.
Historic Smithville started as a simple, one room, stagecoach stop. Now, discover 60 shops, wander along the cobblestone walkways and foot bridges to discover a village that seems as if it were frozen in time.
Canoeing, kayaking, birding, fishing, hiking, biking
This 48,000-acre refuge is full of discovery and adventure. The 8-mile-long Wildlife Drive is like no other road in New Jersey. Enjoy wildlife observation, photography, kayaking, birding, hiking, and biking.
Camping, boating, picnicking, hiking, biking, softball, soccer, cross-country skiing, fishing, biking, hunting
Try camping, boating, picnicking, hiking, biking, softball, soccer, cross-country skiing, fishing, biking, and hunting at Estell Manor Park. Visit the Warren E. Fox Nature Center for information on programs and rentals.
Camping, fishing, hunting, picnicking, boating, canoeing, swimming, cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, hiking, horseback riding and biking are just some of the great recreational opportunities here.
Learn the history of the wave of immigration at the end of the 19th century that brought Russian Jewish settlers to the area known as Woodbine to be developed as an agricultural colony.