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Biking in the Pine Barrens

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Miles of flat and quiet blacktop or miles of trails offer cyclists both scenic leisure riding, long-distance training routes and adventurous rides through the woods.

Tour de Pines heading out of Whitesbog thumb
Tour de Pines heading out of Whitesbog
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Tour de Pines rider Mike Thompson gives a thumbs up as he leads the pack outside Whitesbog Village.
PPA’s Annual Tour de Pines

This five-day bike tour of the Pinelands National Reserve takes place at the beginning of October.  Riders can ride as many days as they wish.  All rides are loop rides with longer of rides of about 50 miles and some days with shorter loops around 25 miles.

Popular Pine Barrens Ride Routes:
Batsto to Lower Bank

Distance: 21.3 miles
Road surface: Paved

From Batsto parking lot go east on Route 542; right on Old Church Road; right on River Road to Lower Bank Bridge. Cross bridge and head west on Route 652 to junction with Route 563 and Egg Harbor City Park. Return north on Route 563 past junction with Route 652. Pick up Route 643 back to Batsto Village parking lot. For an alternate way back, take Route 563 North at Weekstown, then turn left on Route 542.

Heart of the Pines – Tabernacle-Chatsworth-Greenbank-Batsto

Distance: RT 51.3 miles
Road surface: Paved

From Batsto parking lot go east on Route 542; right on Old Church Road; right on River Road to Lower Bank Bridge. Cross bridge and head west on Route 652 to junction with Route 563 and Egg Harbor City Park. Return north on Route 563 past junction with Route 652. Pick up Route 643 back to Batsto Village parking lot. For an alternate way back, take Route 563 North at Weekstown, then turn left on Route 542.

Harrisville Lake to Evans Bridge

Distance: 17 miles
Road surface: Paved

Circuit trail starts on Route 679 south; right on Route 653 to Route 542 after Wading River Bridge; right on Route 563 at Green Bank. Return south on Route 679. Bald eagles and tundra swans may be seen in the fall and winter from bridge at Wading River.

Bass River (North Loop)

Distance: 12.8 miles
Road surface: Paved and sand

From Lake Absegami, head west and cross a small bridge over the East Branch of Bass River; right on Allen Road, over another small bridge and across wetlands. Left on Oswego Road; left on Martha Road; bear right on Prince Place Road; left on Stage Road back to Lake Absegami.

Bass River (South Loop)

Distance: 11.1 miles
Road surface: Paved

From Lake Absegami, take Stage Road west; left on Route653; left on route 542 where you can view the scenic Wading River. Cross Ives Branch and go through a wetlands area. Left on Route 9 to Route 654 and back to lake.

Chatsworth to Pakim Pond

Distance: 14.5 miles
Road surface: Paved

From Chatsworth, follow Route 532 east; left on Route 72; right on the second paved road to Pakim Pond and picnic site. From Pakim Pond, continue to fork in road. Stay left at fork to Route 72; turn left on Route 72, then right on Route 563
south and back to Chatsworth.

Ride Maps:

Burlington County Bikeways PDF
Cape May Shoreline Ride PDF
Pine Barrens River Ramble PDF
Three Easy Scenic River Rides (includes Batsto River) PDF

Bicycling Resources:

Barnegat Branch Rail Trail
Jersey Shore Touring Society
Outdoor Club of South Jersey
Jersey Shore Cycle Club
South Jersey Wheelman

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