Always enjoy bringing you updates on hiking trails here in the Garden State and this time around we are heading to Southern Ocean County to Bass River State Forest in Tuckerton, New Jersey.

 

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Bass River State Forest
Shawn Michaels
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Bass River State Forest has several hiking trails including the Batona Trail, Absegami Trail, CCC Trail, Connector Trail, Falkinburg Trail, Joe's Trail, Nisky Trail, North Shore Trail, Poppy Allen Trail and South Shore Trail. "Bass River State Forest offers over 23 miles of official, blazed trails", according to the park information. "There are 13 marked trails within the forest. 10 trails in and around the Lake Absegami Day Use Area and 3 trails are multi-use."

 

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On this visit, we did a combination of the Absegami Trail and the Poppy Allen Trail. Located just by the "Forest Office" is the Absegami Trail (White/Silver) and it's a nice short hike (0.4 miles) complete with an elevated boardwalk through wetlands to keep you dry while observing the "Pinelands". The Absegami Trail connects to the "Yellow Trail", the Poppy Allen Trail (3.1 miles). In all, we did approximately 4 miles. The trail is easy and clear and well marked.

 

Bass River State Forest
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There is plenty of parking at Bass River State Forest with restrooms and there are signs, maps, and trail pamphlets available so you won't get lost. The trail maps are available at the Forest Office free of charge. We enjoy Bass River State Forest it is well-maintained and there are plenty of trails to enjoy for both two-legged and four-legged hikers :)

 

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