Rocky Point Pine Barrens State Forest

Rocky Point Pine Barrens State Forest

Along the trail - Photo by Daniel Chazin Along the trail - Photo by Daniel Chazin

This loop hike traverses the Long Island Pine Barrens and passes remnants of the former use of the property by the RCA Corporation.

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This hike loops around the Rocky Point Pine Barrens State Forest. Although the area is not “barren,” the trees in this preserve are mostly pitch pines and scrub oak, both of which are relatively low growing. The terrain is largely flat, and there are no streams or ponds along the trail. But aside from two road crossings and a short section where some buildings are visible in the distance,...

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May 30, 2022
Peaceful, If Somewhat Monotonous Stroll In The Woods
Pease note that a permit from DEC is required to hike on these trails. I did this hike on 5-29-22. I started the hike at the north end, at the parking area on 25A where the red and blue trails connect. I hiked in the opposite direction (clockwise) of this description, starting on the red trail, then following the blue trail back to the parking area. The trails are well-maintained, with only a few minor blowdowns, and as stated in the description, just about the entire hike is on level ground. It took me a little over 4 hours to complete, and I only saw two other people while i was hiking. This is a peaceful area once you get away from 25A, and the other paved road crossings. Use caution at those road crossings- no one is heeding the speed limit. Overall, i would say this is a good hike if you just want to walk in the forest without a lot of ascents/descents, and if you aren't looking for pretty lake or rock cliff type views.
Michael K7
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