Brendan Bryne Campground
Brendan Bryne State Forest
New Lisbon, Burlington County, NJ
Highway Route 72 East,
New Lisbon, NJ 08064
(Note that this the address for the forest, the campground is not located on Route 72, but is inside of the state forest near Pakim Pond)
Coordinates: 39°52’23.10″N, 74°31’24.58″W
Turn into the park off of Route 72. Turn right and pass the park office. Stay on that road until it dead ends at a “T”. Turn left and pass Pakim Pond. The campground will soon be on both sides of the road.
Access: All paved park roads.
Website for official info:
Website for campsite booking and pricing:
Pet friendly?: Yes, in Family campsites 14 through 82, rules and regulations here. Accurate as of December 2018, call ahead or check their website to make sure nothing has changed before booking a site.
Brendan Bryne Campground, the only campground located in Brendan Bryne State Forest, has 84 tent sites and 3 group tent sites, all of which are open year round. This is the nicest of the pine barrens state park camp grounds in terms of amenities. There are also three cabins that are open part of the year (End of March to end of November in 2018, availability may change year to year). The map shows three yurts, which are no longer there, but have been replaced by the cabins. R.I.P. yurts.
Water: Eight water pumps (actually spigots, as you don’t have to pump) are spread around the campground.
Bathrooms – There are flush bathrooms and showers. They also list laundry facilities as available.
Food protection – no bear boxes (low bear risk, but have been spotted in the area, most famously on the school playground in nearby Atco). Store food in car, especially if you don’t want to make friends with skunks or raccoon. When backpacking, take appropriate precautions.
Facilities (each site):
Group campsites – Three group sites, each available for up to 30 people. Each has a fire ring and picnic table.
Regular campsites – Eighty-four family sites. Each site has a small fire ring and a picnic table. Closely packed in in places, I like sites #7 and 8 as being a bit further away from the other sites.
As with all sites in the New Jersey State Parks – no alcohol is allowed. They can and will write tickets.
This site is a good stopping point along the Batona Trail, as the campground is a 3/4 of a mile walk down the park road just after Mile Marker 44. It’s just under 9 miles from the end of the trail at Ong’s Hat.
More info on the Batona Trail.
Permit pick up is from the Brendan Bryne Ranger Station. It closes really early (4 PM) when it is open, so be aware. The park police are pretty good about if you don’t get there to get your permit in time, as most people work, but its a good idea to at least have a print out or screen shot of your online reservation (which is NOT the same as your permit). No park entry fee for Brendan Bryne.
Nearby trails and things to see:
The 8 1/2 mile Mount Misery Trail is another nice trail in this state forest.
The Cranberry Trail is a 3 mile, ADA accessible trail in the state forest.
Whitesbog, which is technically in Brendan Bryne State Forest, is a short drive away. It has an ever expanding network of trails, plus a ton of history as the place where the blueberry was developed as a viable crop. It also hosts an annual Blueberry Festival.
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