Bass River State Forest


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Park Overview:

New Jersey’s first state forest, with its many recreational activities centered at Lake Absegami.

Trail Uses:Hiking, Bridle path, X-C skiing
Trail Miles:
Park Acreage:26537 acres
Park Description:

Acquired in 1905, Bass River State Forest was the first state forest in New Jersey.  The forest headquarters is at Lake Absegami, a 67-acre lake created in the 1920s, where there are camping areas, a beach, cabins, shelters, lean-tos, a nature center, and a short nature trail that traverses a cedar swamp.

Trails Overview:

The forest has eight easy walking (non-ADA accessible) trails varing in length from 1.0 to 3.3 miles, and the Batona Trail traverses the forest.  Trails start at the second parking lot as the beach. With a map and compass, it is possible to hike any number of circular routes over the sand roads in the area. A circular hike of about ten miles to Munion Field and back leads through typical Pinelands forests.  A trail brochure is available at the park office.


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From northern New Jersey, take Exit 52 [New Gretna] of the Garden State Parkway and turn right onto County 654 [East Green Street], following the signs to the park. From southern New Jersey, take Exit 50 [New Gretna, US 9] to New Gretna and turn left onto County 679. After 1.5 miles, bear right onto County 654. At the junction with Stage Road, bear right and follow the signs to the park headquarters.

• GPS Coordinates: DMS 39° 37’ 14.30” N 74° 25'28.83" W

Contact Information:New Jersey DEP, Division of Parks and Forestry
Fees:Some times and places; check with park