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Penn State Forest

Location:
Jenkin's Neck, Burlington County

Mailing Address:
c/o Bass River State Forest
762 Stage Road
Tuckerton NJ, 08087
(609) 296-1114

GPS Coordinates
39° 44’ 04.90” N 74° 29' 28.82" W

Size: 3,366 acres

Fees: No entrance fee.
Link to the Related Fees page

Directions:
Take Route 563 to Lake Oswego Road in Jenkins Neck, and follow for three miles.

Facilities & Activities:
  • Boating/canoeing
  • Fishing
  • Hunting
  • Cross-country skiing
 

 

Penn State Forest's undeveloped wilderness attracts picnickers and hikers. Lake Oswego, a result of an upstream dam that was constructed to create a reservoir for a downstream cranberry operation, is suitable for canoeing and fishing.

Keep Your Forest Clean

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 biodegradablebag with you when visiting to take your trash home.Thank you for your cooperation and remember to recycle.

Park Advisory

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.

 

Park Hours

Open daily sunrise to sunset.

Penn State Forest Area Map

Penn State Forest Area Map PDF* File size 2 mb

History of Penn State Forest PDF * file size 104kb
*To view this application, you need Acrobat Reader on your computer. Download the newest version FREE at the Adobe site.

The Pine Plains

The central region of the Pine Barrens contains several areas of pine and oak forest that resemble the surrounding forests with one major exception: from a standing position, one can gaze over the top of the tree canopy. The Pine Barren Plains, known locally as the Pygmy Forest, contains trees that may attain a height of only about four feet at maturity. New Jersey contains the world's largest acreage of this globally rare forest community, which can be seen within portions of Penn State Forest. Many researchers believe that this unique stunted forest ecosystem is partly the result of the fire ecology of the Pinelands.

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.

Hunting

State Park Service areas open to hunting

Tree Stands and Blinds Policy

Hunting is permitted in designated areas within the park and is subject to Division of Fish and Wildlife regulations.


Questions regarding our parks and forests can be directed to
James Douglas of the State Park Service.

 

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