New Jersey is more then just a home for many of us. It is a place to play, explore, have an adventure, and much more. In the north you have hills and valleys. In the south you have shore towns and pines. In between, you have a mix of both.
Abram S. Hewitt State Forest is located in Hewitt, New Jersey. A section of Bearfort Ridge, as well as the Appalachian Trail reaches into Hewitt State Forest, offering hikers a challenging climb with a rewarding view.
A pump track is one of the fastest-growing attractions in biking. It is a continuous dirt loop of rollers and insloped turns, reminiscent of a BMX track but smaller in scale, which can be ridden by cyclists of all ages and skill levels.
Many activities are allowed within the park. Seasonal hunting/fishing, boating (kayaking/roof top launch plus small electric engines), horseback riding, an RC field and seasonal mountain biking (you can only bike during the warmer months).
The Atlantic County Park System has completed the 7.56 mile bike and pedestrian path running from the Shore Mall in Egg Harbor Township to the Atlantic County Vocational Technical School in Hamilton Township also known as the bikeway east.
The Atsion Mansion was built in 1826 as a summer home for Samuel Richards. Richards, who a prominent ironmaster from Philadelphia, was the operator of the Atsion furnace along the Mullica River. Today the mansion appears as it was back in 1826.
The Barnegat Lighthouse contains picnic areas, trails along the inlet and to the beach, and of course the lighthouse itself. During the warmer months of the year, you are able to climb the lighthouse for a great view.
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
Birch Grove Campground is open April 1st, until the end of September each year. It includes wooded parking for tents, popups, and even RVs. Their site mentions full hookups are available, but we did not confirm this completely.
Formerly known as Lebanon State Forest, visitors are greeted by the fresh scent of pines. Today, hikers can follow the sandy trails and roads that crisscross the forest, sometimes passing near the remains of stone or brick structures.