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August 1, 2018

Manasquan Reservoir County Park – Howell Township, NJ

Manasquan Reservoir County Park – Howell Township, Monmouth County, NJ Distance – 7.5 miles of trails total Type – Loops Difficulty: 1 of 10

Website – Monmouth County Parks Open –  Park opens daily at 7 a.m. November 1-March 31 and 6 a.m. April 1-October 31. Closing time is 9 p.m. through August 19; 8:30 p.m. August 20-September 3; and 8 p.m. September 4-23.

Terrain – Lakeside woods and wetlands Surface – Crushed stone

Trailheads –  40°10’14.75″N,  74°12’18.52″W (this is the one that we used) 40°10’38.76″N,  74°13’14.19″W 40°10’50.47″N,  [...]

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July 23, 2018

Bass River State Forest – Bass River, NJ

Bass River State Forest  – Bass River, Burlington County and Ocean County, NJ Distance – 23 miles total (13 miles of which will be covered in this post) Type – Various loops and out-and-backs Difficulty: 2 of 10

Entrance fee – Memorial Day to Labor Day – $5 per car on a weekday ($10 out-of-state) and $10 on a weekend or holiday ($20 out-of-state) (2018 numbers).  Free rest of the year.

Website – Bass River State Forest website Open – 8 a.m. to dusk, camping areas open 24 hours.

Terrain – Woodlands, swamps Surface – sand or cinders

Trailheads – 39°37’27.32″N,  74°25’31.23″W (Red, [...]

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July 23, 2018

Buttonwood Hill Campground – Washington Twp, NJ

Buttonwood Hill Campground Wharton State Forest Washington Township, Burlington County, NJ

Address: Route 542 (Batsto Bridgeport Road) & Burnt Schoolhouse Rd, Washington, NJ 08251 Coordinates:  39°37’43.14″N,  74°37’2.76″W

Directions: Coming from Batsto, turn left onto Route 542.  Drive for about two miles, turn left just after Crowley’s Landing.  If you see Bellhaven Paddlesports, you missed it!

Access: Short dirt road, very accessible.

Website for official info: http://www.nj.gov/dep/parksandforests/parks/wharton.html

Website for campsite booking and pricing: www.camping.nj.gov

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July 12, 2018

Double Trouble State Park – Bayville, NJ

Double Trouble State Park – Bayville, Ocean County, NJ Distance – 8 miles of trails Type – Various trails that loop around Difficulty: 1 of 10

Website – Double Trouble State Park Open – Sunrise to Sunset.

Terrain – woods, swamps, meadows, and bogs Surface – mostly sand

Trailheads: Most of the trails in the park start from the village –  39°53’49.41″N,  74°13’21.48″W Dover Forge Trailhead –  39°54’44.56″N,  74°16’58.20″W

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