Take a Post-Thanksgiving Hike in Bass River State Forest’s West Pine Plains

Nov 15, 2017
Photo by: Pat Johnson The west plains of the pygmy pines off route 539.

Skip the Black Friday chaos on Nov. 24 and instead “opt-outside” with a free, calorie-burning, 6-mile hike in Bass River State Forest “North,” which encompasses the West Pine Plains Natural Area and the “Pygmy Pines” – the world’s largest acreage of this globally rare forest community.

This volunteer-led hike from the Bass River State Forest will depart promptly at 10 a.m. and will end at approximately 1 p.m. The hike will meander along sand roads and trails near the NJ Forest Fire Service’s Coyle Field off Route 72 in Woodland Township, Burlington County.

Several sections of the hike will be through places where the mature trees are scarcely taller than the hikers themselves and in some places are not. The hike will traverse several ridges that will provide fantastic views of the surrounding area, which is a rarity for this part of the state.

Participants must be at least 10 years of age. Only service animals are permitted. Wear appropriate clothes and shoes. Bring plenty of water and snacks. This hike is not ADA accessible and there are no restrooms or drinking water available. The hike will be canceled if there are thunderstorms in the area or if heavy rain is falling. 

Registration is required and is capped at 25 participants. To register or for more information and directions, contact the forest office at 609-296-1114.  —P.J.

 

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