Jakes Branch County Park Loop

Jakes Branch County Park

View of the Pinelands from the Observation Tower - Jakes Branch County Park - Photo credit: Daniela Wagstaff View of the Pinelands from the Observation Tower - Jakes Branch County Park - Photo credit: Daniela Wagstaff

Take a pleasant hike on level packed sand, pine needle covered trails through the New Jersey Pine Barrens with views from the 5-story observation deck at the nature center.

39.929383, -74.214217

Park at the nature center parking lot.  Facing in the direction of the nature center, turn right towards the kiosk and information boards.  Although you won’t see a blaze yet, the trail starts behind the kiosk, confirmed by a blue blaze a few trees in.  You will find this trail to be very well blazed with signs at intersections showing which “road” you will be crossing.  Don’t worry, you won’t...

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Trip Reports

rate experience
March 22, 2015
Fixed link and GPS
<p>Fixed link and GPS coordinates</p>
March 21, 2015
Link to Map
<p>The link above for the online map no longer works. Here is an updated link:</p> <p><a href="http://www.co.ocean.nj.us//WebContentFiles//405f2385-dab6-490a-acdf-57a03c9adc32.jpg">http://www.co.ocean.nj.us//WebContentFiles//405f2385-dab6-490a-acdf-57a03c9adc32.jpg</a></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Here are GPS coordinates for the parking area:</p> <p><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">N&nbsp; 39 degrees 55.763' </span><span style="font-family: Arial, Helvetica, sans-serif;">W 074 degrees 12.853'</span></p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>I like to visit the pine barrens at least once a year, to get away from the snow in NY. It's a nice place to see green in the winter. The trails are sandy and covered with pine needles, and very flat, making for easy hiking. We did encounter a lot of flooding on the trails - so much so, that I felt I should be hiking in rubber boots!</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>We weren't able to go up in the observation tower - unfortunately we saved it to the end - and the building closed at 4pm.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p>Here are some photos:</p> <p><a href="http://agiletrekker.blogspot.com/2015/03/jakes-branch-county-park-tinley-loop.html">http://agiletrekker.blogspot.com/2015/03/jakes-branch-county-park-tinley-loop.html</a></p>
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