Tour de Pines

The Pinelands Preservation Alliance holds a bike tour of the Pinelands every October.

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Tour de Pines – Sept. 30 to Oct. 3, 2021

The Tour de Pines, sponsored by Pinelands Preservation Alliance, celebrates Pinelands Month in October. This year we offer four single-day bicycle tours of the New Jersey Pinelands. Proceeds benefit the Pinelands Preservation Alliance, a nonprofit organization working to protect the resources on New Jersey Pinelands since 1989. There is no other bike ride like this in New Jersey!

We are pleased to be able to return to our traditional in-person rides again in 2021!

All routes start & finish in the same location; participants provide their own transportation, food, and lodging as these are unsupported rides.  Although the rides are self-guided, we will provide each participant with:

  • Cue Sheets
  • GPS Files
  • Free Access to the Ride with GPS App
  • Instructions that contain details about the rides

Partnering with kermesse sport:

The Pinelands Preservation Alliance is pleased to work with Kermesse Sport to organize the Tour de Pines, which allows us to continue to offer high-quality events for you to enjoy.  They have been involved in event organization for more than 30 years and are best known for their World Class Hell of Hunterdon event, which is one of the oldest gravel cycling events in the US. 


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2021 Tour de pines routes

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The barn at the Pinelands Preservation Alliance.

Day 1 – September 30, 2021
PINELANDS ADVENTURES RIDE
Start/Finish location:
Pinelands Preservation Alliance 17 Pemberton Rd, Southampton NJ 08088

The ride starts and finishes at the offices of the Pinelands Preservation Alliance and travel past the farm fields of Southampton and Tabernacle townships, and visit historic sites that are described in a number of books written about the Pinelands, including the Old Sawmill and Old Indian Tavern sites.  We will offer a short and a long route. More information coming soon.

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Tour de Pines rider Mike Thompson gives a thumbs-up as he leads the pack outside Whitesbog Village.

Day 2 – October 1, 2021
PINELANDS DISCOVERY RIDE
Start/Finish location: Whitesbog Village 120 W Whites Bogs Rd, Browns Mills, NJ 08015

This ride departs from Historic Whitesbog Village in Brendan Byrne State Forest, and travels through Greenwood Forest Wildlife Management Area,Chatsworth, Brendan Byrne State Forest, New Lisbon, Hanover Furnace, Fort Dix.It also passes Deborah Hospital and Mirror Lake in Browns Mills. There will only be a long route for this ride.

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Historic Batsto Mansion. Photo credit Daniel-D-Auria (CC-Flickr)

Day 3 – October 2, 2021
RIDE LIKE THE DEVIL
Start/Finish location:
Historic Batsto Village in Wharton State Forest, 31 Batsto Rd, Hammonton, NJ 08037

This ride will take to you to several historic and legendary sites in the Pine Barrens.  You will visit Leeds Point – the birthplace of the Jersey Devil. Other highlights include Port Republic and Oyster Creek, and side trips may be made to the Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge, Chestnut Neck (site of a battle fought in the Revolutionary War), or the Renault Winery – places that are not too far off of the route.  There will only be a long route for this ride.

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Estell Manor County Park. Photo credit Albert Horner.

Day 4 – October 3, 2021
ATLANTIC CAPE RAMBLE
Start/Finish location:
Estell Manor County Park 109 NJ-50, Mays Landing, NJ 08330

This ride offers 2 routes; both start off from Estell Manor County Park, located south of Mays Landing in lower Atlantic County.  This property is the site of a former World War I munitions plant that was operated by the Bethlehem Loading Company and gave rise to the existence of the town of Belcoville.  The Park Office offers an extensive photographic history for this era, as well as an interpretive center depicting the area’s wildlife.

The rides traverse many low-traffic roads and largely undeveloped land. They pass the historic sites of Aetna Furnace and the Head of the River Church, and a number of wildlife management areas.  After reaching the Head of the River (a reference to the Tuckahoe River), the long route proceeds to Belleplain State Forest, Dennisville, and Tuckahoe – while the short route begins its return to the starting point.  Both rides pass through Dorothy, riding along Lenape Farms (formerly a 5,000-acre hunting club, now preserved-land owned by the state) and return to Estell Manor County Park.

As this ride serves as the Grand Finale of the 2021 Tour de Pines, we plan to offer some post-ride food & drinks. 

Registration Information

Registration information coming soon!

The Pinelands Preservation Alliance is a local, grassroots organization and your participation truly makes a difference in our effort to protect New Jersey’s Pinelands. The Tour de Pines helps to support our work to protect New Jersey’s Pinelands so there are always beautiful green places to ride your bike in south Jersey.

Information

Questions? Contact Brian at Kermesse Sport at 267-744-4538.

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Tour de Pines 2021 Advisory Committee Members: Eric Ascalon, Harry Chaikin, Mickey Coen, Mona Freedman, Anita Garner, Michael Hardy, John Keenan, Kevin Kristian, Chris Monchinski, Dan Rappoport, Daniel Sferas, Jay Stephens, Ed and Patricia Troike, and Jim Wheatcroft. PPA is very grateful for their hard work in planning this year’s event!

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