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Camping in the Pine Barrens


Camping is a tradition in the Pinelands and the State Forests within it have some of the best camping opportunities on the east coast.

In Wharton State Forest, you can register a primitive campsite for as little as $8 a night, with a $3 charge per additional person. In Bass River State Forest, you can camp with access to showers and well-maintained bathrooms, as well as running water.

Other options abound, from Belleplain in the southern Pines, to Brendan T. Byrne in the North, there is a rich diversity of experiences to select from while choosing a campsite in the Pinelands. Cabins, leantoos, and other structures are available for those who do not wish to setup a tent, some sites are open to RVs and trailers, but the most compatible RV sites will be at the many private campgrounds scattered throughout the Pines.

Use this link to search the state parks and forests of New Jersey for camp sites and cabins and to make reservations.

A directory of all parks and forests in New Jersey can be found here.

Campsites are generally open year-round, although some specific areas do close for winter. Each season offers something new and whether you enjoy a warm fire on a cold night or just a suitable basecamp to come back to after a long day of swimming, canoeing, or fishing in the warm weather, the

Pinelands is a great choice for outdoor experiences and exploration. Campfires are usually permitted at designated sites as long as there is not a fire ban in effect. Split and cut firewood is usually unavailable at the campsite itself, but Park Offices will often have firewood bundles available for sale, If near Pinelands Adventures has this readily available for a few dollars per bundle. Transporting firewood over long distances is not recommended because of the potential to spread invasive insects.


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