Brendan T. Byrne State Forest

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Brendan T. Byrne State Forest

New Jersey

(609) 726-1191

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Overview

At Brendan T. Byrne State Forest, formerly known as Lebanon State Forest, visitors are greeted by the fresh scent of pines and the sounds of thriving wildlife. Hikers can follow the sandy trails and roads that crisscross the forest, sometimes passing near the remains of stone or brick structures or where large depressions indicate the location of what was once a bustling town. Pure, iron-rich streams flow through acres of swampy land covered with dense stands of Atlantic white cedar. Today's forested acres are a strong contrast to the barren, cleared land that existed in the 1800s.

Brendan T. Byrne State Forest has more than 25 miles of marked trails. The Batona Trail is designed for hiking, cross country skiing, and snow shoeing (weather permitting). Other trails intersect with the Batona Trail to provide loops of about 6 miles and 14 miles for day hikes. Many of the forest communities represented in the New Jersey Pine Barrens may be observed along the trails through the natural area. These include upland pine-oak and oak-pine forest, pitch pine lowland forest and Atlantic white cedar swamp. The natural area supports the federally threatened swamp pink and other endangered plant species.

Visitors can also stop by the Whitesbog Village, which was an active 19th and 20th-century cranberry and blueberry producing community. Once a thriving town and one of the largest cranberry farms in the state, the now silent village is an example of the changes in agriculture in this state.

Map of Brendan T. Byrne State Forest (NJ)

Latitude, Longitude: 39.891017, -74.579619

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Activities

  • Bicycling

    The Mount Misery Trail allows visitors the option of mountain biking.

  • Camping

    There is a campground within the park with a variety of setting and styles of camping, from tent sites to yurts.

  • Fishing

    There are many opportunities within the park for fishing.

  • Hiking

    Brendan T. Byrne State Forest has more than 25 miles of marked trails. There is the Batona Trail designed for hiking, cross country skiing, and snow shoeing, as well as other trails that intersect with the Batona Trail to provide loops of about 6 miles and 14 miles for day hikes.

  • Historic Sites

    Visitors can stop by the Whitesbog Village, which was an active 19th and 20th-century cranberry and blueberry producing community. Once a thriving town and one of the largest cranberry farms in the state, the now silent village is an example of the changes in agriculture in this state.

  • Horseback Riding

    Some trails are open for horseback riding.

  • Hunting

    Hunting is permitted in specific sections of the forest. Wildlife regularly hunted include deer, squirrel, rabbit and grouse.

  • Picnicking

    Several picnic areas with table and grills are located throughout the park. For larger groups, the park also offers two reservable picnic areas with shelters, with capacities of 50 and 100 people.

  • RVing

    RVs are welcome in the park's campground, and have access to many amenities including shower and laundry facilities.

  • Winter Sports

    The park has trails perfect for cross-country skiing and show shoeing in the winter months.

Directions

Driving

From the NJ Turnpike, take exit 7 and follow Route 206 south to Route 38 east, to second traffic light, then turn onto Magnolia Road (Route 644). Follow Magnolia Road until you come to the Four-Mile Circle. From the circle take Route 72 east, at mile marker 1 make a left. There is a forest entrance sign on your left as you turn in. Take the first right and the office is on the left.

Phone Numbers

Primary

(609) 726-1191

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