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Jakes Branch County Park
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.
The five-story Nature Center observation platform is a unique feature with views of the Pine Barrens from on high.
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.
Use the Web Map link on this site to view a brochure and trail map.
Click for a detailed description of a hike in the park.
Jakes Branch Park 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.
A portion of the park borders on Double Trouble State Park.