Formerly known as
Lebanon State Forest, visitors are greeted by the fresh scent
of pines. Today's forested acres are a strong contrast to
the barren, cleared land that existed in the 1800s. The Lebanon
Glass Works was established in 1851 and was successful until
1867, when it shut down after depleting the supply of wood
necessary for the furnace to operate.
Today, 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.
Through the Carry-In/Carry-Out Program you can help us keep the parks clean and beautiful by carrying out the trash you carry in. Please bring a biodegradable bag with you when visiting to take your trash home. Thank you for your cooperation and remember to recycle.
|Access for Persons with Disabilities
The Brendan T. Byrne State Forest recreational facilities are partially accessible to persons with disabilities. Please contact the park office for further information regarding disability access needs. Text telephone (TT) users, call the New Jersey Relay Service at (800) 852-7899.
During this time, state parks and forests will continue to be open to the public for hiking and other passive recreation. Community health is crucial right now and exercising (walking, hiking, and biking) while observing social distancing practices can help ensure public health.
FACILITIES CLOSED; EVENTS CANCELED
To protect public health and safety due to the spread of COVID-19, the State Park Service has closed all park facilities (restrooms, offices, nature centers, historic buildings), canceled all events, and canceled all upcoming camping reservations through Thursday, April 30.
CAMPING RESERVATIONS REFUNDED
Existing camping reservations from Monday, March 16, through Thursday, April 30, will be canceled. Reservations will be refunded in full at our earliest convenience. Campers currently occupying a campsite will be required to leave by the end of today, March 16. No new future camping reservations are being accepted.
Check back to this Facebook page and the Division of Parks and Forestry’s website for any new information.
Learn more about COVID-19 from the New Jersey Department of Health: https://www.nj.gov/health/
The New Jersey Division of Parks and Forestry would like to remind you practice social distancing while visiting park trails, to cover sneezes, and wash your hands often.
Open daily sunrise to sunset
Office Hours: Open Daily 8:30 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Whitesbog was an active 19th and 20th century cranberry and blueberry producing community. This company town was founded in the 1870s by Joseph J. White. The commercial high-bush blueberry was developed here in 1916, combining the field experiments of Elizabeth C. White & the research of Dr. Frederick Coville. What was once a bustling company town of families and employees is now an invaluable cultural and historic attraction located in the heart of the New Jersey Pine Barrens. The site is leased to the Whitesbog Preservation Trust, a nonprofit organization and a State Park Service Officially Recognized Friends Group dedicated to the restoration of the village. Dozens of activities suited to all interests are regularly scheduled in the village each month. The enthusiasm of interested volunteers assist in keeping the site a stimulating NJ landmark for visitors from around the world. The highlight of each year is the Whitesbog Annual Blueberry Festival during the last weekend in June. Visitors can enjoy “EVERYTHING Blueberry” during this two-day event. See more about Whitesbog on Facebook, Instagram, Vimeo & YouTube. For additional information on the village and the many events sponsored by the Trust, call (609) 893-4646 or www.whitesbog.org
Swamp Natural Area (735 acres)
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.
Brendan T. Byrne State Forest has more than
25 miles of marked trails. The various trails and loops provide
challenges ranging from long single track hiking trails to
a trail accessible for people with disabilities. The Batona
Trail is designed for hiking, cross country skiing, and snow
shoeing (weather permitting). The Mount Misery Trail allows
visitors the additional option of mountain biking, and the
Cranberry Trail allows for access by wheelchairs in addition
to all the other uses listed above.
The Batona Trail is almost 50 miles in length
and links Brendan T. Byrne, Wharton, and Bass River State
Forests. This portion of the Batona Trail is maintained by
the NJ State Park Service and the Batona
Other trails intersect with the Batona Trail
to provide loops of about 6 miles and 14 miles for day hikes.
Loops of about 2 miles at the forest office and one mile at
Pakim Pond provide short easy hikes with wide pathways which
avoid contact with vegetation that may harbor ticks or other
All of the trails allow the visitor to enjoy
the scenery and biological diversity of the Pine Barrens.
Whether you want to spend an hour or an afternoon hiking -
the trails at Brendan Byrne provide unlimited opportunities
for fitness and relaxation.
Brendan T Byrne State Forest is pleased to announce that our Cabins are available for rent through November 30, 2018. The cabins are available as dry cabins , which means there is no running water or interior bathrooms. Outside portable restroom stalls will be made available at each cabin site.
Additionally, the family campground is open year-round with full facilities, including our new shelters that are equipped with wood burning stoves. Cabin renters may use the bathhouses located in the family campground for restrooms, running water and hot showers. You may call the Brendan T Byrne office for more details on winter camping.
Alcohol is prohibited. Pets are prohibited in overnight facilities with the exception of Pet Friendly Campsites.
A non-refundable service fee of $5.00 will be charged to the customer for each reservation.
Changes to the reservation that occur prior to the Start/Check in date will incur a non refundable fee of $5.00.
Changes made after the start/check-in date will be chargerd a service fee according to the following:
- If the total fee is greater then or equal to $50.00 then a fee of $5.00 will be charged.
- If the total fee is less then $50.00 then the fee of $2.00 will be charged.
Pet Friendly Campsites
Campsites: 82 tent and trailer
sites each with fire rings and picnic tables. Flush toilets,
showers and laundry facilities are within walking distance.
Oopen year round. Fee: NJ Resident $20 per night;
Non Resident $25 per night.
Group campsites: Three group
sites with fire rings, picnic tables, water,
and flush toilets. Each campsite accommodates up to 30 people. Open year round. Fee: NJ Resident $60 per night; Non Resident $120 per night.
Cabins: Three cabins with
furnished living room with fireplace; outdoor campfire rings; two double-deck bunks;
kitchen with running water, electric stove, refrigerator;
half-baths with toilet and basin. Electricity. Each accommodates
four people. With prior permission from the superintendent,
two additional people may be accommodated. Cabins are on the
shore of Pakim Pond. Showers are available at camping area.
Open March 30 through October 31. Fee: NJ Resident $55 per night; $385 per week;
Non Resident $65 per night; $455 per week.
Campground Map (Low resolution for viewing purposes)
Campground Map (High resolution for printing purposes) File
Special Use Permit Application
Special Use Permit Application Package
A Special Use Permit is utilized to accommodate a specific activity or event being conducted over a short duration. There are two types of special use permits: Non-Commercial and Commercial and fees are based on NJ residency and Non-residents. A completed application must be submitted to the park/forest area where the activity or event is being held at least 90 days prior to the event. If the special use or event is extremely large or complex, at least one-year’s prior notice is recommended.
Several picnic areas with table and
grills are located throughout the park. For larger groups,
we also offer two reservable picnic areas with shelters. Area
A holds a capacity of 50 people and Area B can accommodate
100 people. They may be reserved for a fee:
New Jersey Resident $80
percent of Fee
Picnic Cancellation Fee
• Groups of 20 or more people shall
reserve picnic facilities at least five days in advance.
Such group use is not permitted on Holidays except as authorized
by the Superintendent. Reservations for picnic areas are
handled by the individual park area offices.
Reservations can be made over the telephone using a credit card, or by mail using the Group Picnic Reservation form* downloadable here. Payment in full of the appropriate group picnicking fee must accompany this application.
*To view this form, please download the most recent version of Adobe Acrobat
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State Park Service areas open to hunting
Tree Stands and Blinds Policy
Hunting is permitted in specific sections of the forest subject to the regulations of the New Jersey DEP's Fish and Wildlife Laws. Wildlife regularly hunted include deer, squirrel, rabbit and grouse. For information about hunting, refer to the New Jersey Fish and Wildlife Digest or contact the forest office
Programs are provided by the Pinelands Institute
for Natural and Environmental Studies (PINES), (609) 893-1765.
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