New Jersey


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Abram S. Hewitt State Forest

A section of bearfort ridge reaches into hewitt state forest, offering hikers a challenging climb with a rewarding view. the forest is isolated and untouched, accessible only on foot. marshes and wetlands are scattered throughout the forest with several brooks and streams crisscrossing the lower areas. hemlock and oak are the dominant species of this relatively undisturbed forest.

Allaire State Park

Allaire state park is probably best known for its historic 19th-century iron making town, allaire village, and its antique steam trains on the pine creek railroad. the manasquan river, which winds through the park, attracts canoeists and fishermen. the riverís floodplain provides habitat for over 200 species of wildflowers, trees and plants as well as habitat for birds and other wildlife. hikers, mountain bikers and horseback riders enjoy the many trails in the park.

Allamuchy Mountain State Park

The musconetcong river, with some of the best trout fishing in the state, winds through allamuchy mountain state park. several miles of trails crisscross through the forests and marshlands of the park. waterloo village, which is located on the banks of the morris canal, is well known for its historic buildings and diverse cultural programs of classical and popular music as well as dance and opera.

Atsion Recreation Area

Wharton state forest is the largest single tract of land within the new jersey state park system. it is also the site of batsto village, a former bog iron and glassmaking industrial center from 1766 to 1867 that currently reflects the agricultural and commercial enterprises that existed here during the late 19th century.

Barnegat Lighthouse State Park

The site of barnegat lighthouse on the northern tip of long beach island in ocean county was regarded as one of the most crucial "change of course" points for coastal vessels. vessels bound to and from new york along the new jersey coastline depended on barnegat lighthouse to avoid the shoals extending from the shoreline. the swift currents, shifting sandbars, and the offshore shoals challenged the skills of even the most experienced sailor. the park is included as a maritime site on the new jersey coastal heritage trail.

Bass River State Forest

Bass river state forest was the first forest acquired by the state of new jersey in 1905 for public recreation, water conservation, and wildlife and timber management. lake absegami, a 67-acre lake created in the 1930's, is the center of the forest's recreational activities and provides an area for swimming and a serene setting for boating and canoeing. a trail through the absegami natural area wanders through a pine/oak woods and a small atlantic white cedar bog

Belleplain State Forest

The forested acres of belleplain include stands of young pine, oak and atlantic white cedar, reflecting better soil conditions and less damage by fire than found in the pine barrens just north of the forest. belleplain state forest was established in 1928 by the state of new jersey for recreation, wildlife management, timber production, and water conservation. in 1933, three camps were set up by the civilian conservation corps (ccc) reforestation relief act, supplying labor to the forest for over an eight-year period.

Brendan T. Byrne State Forest

Formerly known as lebanon state forest, visitors are greeted by the fresh scent of pines. today's forested acres are a strong contrast to the barren, cleared land that existed in the 1800s. the lebanon glass works was established in 1851 and was successful until 1867, when it shut down after depleting the supply of wood necessary for the furnace to operate.

Bull's Island Recreation Area

This natural area comprises a portion of a small forested island surrounded by the delaware river and the delaware & raritan canal. a trail along the towpath of the canal reveals a lowland floodplain forest dominated by sycamore, silver maple and tulip poplar. several rare plant species are found in this natural area.

Cape May Point State Park

Although cape may lighthouse is a major attraction for many visitors to the area, the parkís constantly changing shoreline, dunes, freshwater coastal marsh and ponds, forested islands and varied uplands make it a well-known location for viewing the fall bird migration. located on the southern tip of new jersey, cape may point state park is a key site on the nj coastal heritage trail, with an environmental center that houses a classroom for interpretive programs and a museum on the area's natural and historic features.

Cheesequake State Park

Cheesequake state parkís uniqueness lies in its geographical location. not only is it situated in the middle of the urban north and the suburban south, it lies in a transitional zone between two different ecosystems. open fields, saltwater and freshwater marshes, a white cedar swamp, pine barrens, and a northeastern hardwood forest are the main characteristics of the park.

Corson's Inlet State Park

Corsonís inlet state park was established in 1969 to help protect and preserve one of the last undeveloped tracts of land along the stateís oceanfront. the areaís natural habitats are rich in the diversity of its wildlife with primary and secondary sand dune systems, shoreline overwash, marine estuaries and upland areas in which hundreds of wildlife species live and breed. the park offers outstanding scenic beauty and endless opportunities for observing a multitude of migratory and residential wildlife species. corsonís inlet is extremely popular for hiking, fishing, crabbing, boating and sunbathing.

Delaware and Raritan Canal State Park

The delaware and raritan canal state park is one of central new jerseyís most popular recreational corridors for canoeing, jogging, hiking, bicycling, fishing and horseback riding. the canal and towpath are part of the national recreational trail system. the 70-mile linear park is a valuable wildlife corridor connecting fields and forests.

Double Trouble State Park

Double trouble state park offers an outstanding example of the pine barrens ecosystem and a window into the pine barrens history. the park provides the protection and interpretation of over 8000 acres of significant natural, cultural, and recreational resources representative of the pinelands national reserve.

Farny State Park

This forested wilderness connects watershed lands and is crossed by an old logging road. streams, mixed oak-hardwood forest and swamps comprise the park. trail entry is through the farny natural area. split rock reservoir is adjacent to the park

Forked River State Marina

By water, the marina is a leisurely 15-minute ride to the "bb" buoy, barnegat bay and the intracoastal waterway. barnegat inlet and the atlantic ocean are easily accessible.

Fortescue State Marina

Located on the delaware bay approximately 23 miles northwest of cape may, fortescue is easily accessible from the bay. access by land is by way of millville, route 555. follow the signs to fortescue.

Fort Mott State Park

Fort mott was part of a coastal defense system designed for the delaware river in the late 1800s. the fortifications seen today at fort mott were erected in 1896 in anticipation of the spanish-american war. today, visitors can wander through the old batteries following interpretive signs with detailed descriptions of the fort. just beyond the fortifications is the delaware river. the shoreline offers good spots for walking and picnicking. the nj coastal heritage trail welcome center accommodates displays defining fort mottís place in history and the environment.

Hacklebarney State Park

The freshwater black river briskly cuts its way through rocky hacklebarney state park, cascading around boulders in the hemlock-lined ravine. two tributaries, rinehart and trout brooks, also course their way through this glacial valley, feeding the black river. even in the heat of midsummer, the temperature of black river gorge is cool and refreshing.

High Point State Park

The view from high point monument, at 1,803 feet above sea level, is a spectacular panorama of rich farmland and forest, soft hills and lush valleys in three states. the blue line of the delaware river divides the verdant ridges of new jersey from those of pennsylvania. high point offers superb trails for hikers and skiers and quiet spots for campers and anglers.

Hopatcong State Park

Nine miles in length and covered by 2,500 acres of freshwater, lake hopatcong is the focal point of the park. hopatcong state park is at the southwest end of the lake and is a popular spot for fishing, boating, and swimming.

Island Beach State Park

Shaped by storm and tides, island beach state park is a narrow barrier island stretching for 10 miles between the restless atlantic ocean and the historic barnegat bay. island beach is one of new jersey's last significant remnants of a barrier island ecosystem that once existed along much of the coast and is also one of the few remaining undeveloped barrier beaches on the north atlantic coast. over 3,000 acres and 10 miles of coastal dunes remain almost untouched since henry hudson first described new jersey's coast from the ship, the half moon, in 1609.

Jenny Jump State Forest

Jenny jump state forest is located in warren county along the stunning rolling terrain of jenny jump mountain range. panoramic vistas of the highlands and the kittatinny mountains and valley to the west, and scenic views of the great meadows in the east dramatically greet the visitor who climbs the narrow path leading to the top of jenny jump mountain. rocky outcroppings and boulders line the trail - evidence that great glaciers once covered what is now known as jenny jump state forest.

Kittatinny Valley State Park

Glacial lakes, limestone outcroppings, former railroads, and a small airport are features of kittatinny valley state park. lake aeroflex and gardnerís pond form part of the headwaters of the pequest river and are excellent for fishing and boating. this scenic property is home to a variety of wildlife such as whitetail deer, wild turkey, a variety of songbirds, beaver, muskrats, and squirrels.

Leonardo State Marina

Leonardo state marina is four blocks off route 36 in leonardo. by water, it is due southwest of sandy hook and is the closest marina to the sandy hook bay entrance. its proximity to the east of the earle naval pier, makes it easily identifiable as you enter the bay from either new york bay or the atlantic ocean.
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