Jakes Branch County Park



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Park Overview:

The five-story Nature Center observation platform is a unique feature with views of the Pine Barrens from on high.

Trail Uses:Hiking, Mountain biking, Handicapped
Dogs:Dogs on leash
Trail Miles:4.27 miles
Park Acreage:400 acres
Beachwood Borough/Ocean/NJ
Park Description:

Jakes Branch Park, which opened in late February 2009, offers a Nature Center focusing on the historical and environmental features of the Pine Barrens, plus a variety of playing fields, playing courts and hiking trails. The observation deck atop the five-story Nature Center offers an unusual opportunity to view the beauty of the Pine Barrens from an elevated perspective.

The Friends of Jakes Branch Park maintains a Facebook presence.

A portion of the park borders on Double Trouble State Park.

Trails Overview:

The 4-mile Tindey Hiking Trail [blue blaze] forms a loop around the perimeter of the park. The short Spruce Street Cut-thru [red blaze] can shorten a loop hike, or make a longer figure eight hike possible. In addition there are several miles of abandoned sand roads. Click for brochure and trail map.

For a detailed description of a hike see “Find a Hike” and scroll down the Parks column this park’s name.

Directions: From the North: Garden State Parkway South to Exit 77, end of exit ramp, make right on to Double Trouble Road. Park is approximately 1.5 miles on the left. From the South: Garden State Parkway North to Exit 77, end of exit ramp, make left onto Pinewald-Keswick Road/County Road 618. Follow C.R. 618 across for about 0.5 miles. Make a right at light onto Double Trouble Road. The park is approximately 2 miles on left.
Contact Information:Ocean County Department of Parks and Recreation
Region:Jersey Shore