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Old 07-21-10, 09:09 AM
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Pine Barrens camping in NJ - Site suggestions?

Hi everyone,

My gf and I are planning on doing a short-ish jaunt from Philadelphia to the Pine Barrens area of New Jersey for a long weekend. It's undecided yet whether we'll drive and do some day bike trips or just bike straight there.

I realize it's pretty late in the year to be booking something, but the free time came up unexpectedly and we were hoping to go the weekend after next.

Can anyone recommend good campgrounds for 2 days of light camping. We'd just have 1 tent, 2 bikes, and the usual light-camping accoutrements.

Thanks in advance for any suggestions!
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There are some good suggestions in this thread. I have another suggestion I'll send by pm.
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Thanks so much for the link and PM. Some great advice in there regarding ticks.

I will say that we're attempting to do more of a traditional campground/state park sort of thing though, rather than a warmshowers/stealth camping excursion. If anyone has any advice specific to that it would be great. Ideally I guess we'd be looking for cleared tent space.. privacy would be nice. etc.

Probably wishful thinking for this time of year that we could still book something like that but... might as well ask around!
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Bodine Field in Wharton State Forest is a good place with lots of clear tent space. You need to go to Batsto Village to get a site. I don't think they can be booked ahead. The campground is about 12 miles from Batsto. Call to find out the details 609-561-0024.

The good news is the state campsites at Bodine are cheap. The bad news, if on bike, it's almost a mile off the main road. That's a mile on sand. There is another camping area across from Crowley's Landing about 2 miles from batsto. Only has a few sites but would be good for biking as it's right on RT542 w/o any sand road riding. Also, several commerical campground in the area as well.
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I grew up on the edges of the Pine Barrens and somehow had forgotten about the sand. There is so much of it and it is of a quality that you can easily sink a car up to its axles if you get stuck. When that happened to me, I'd jack the car up, fill in the hole, let the car down and drive off. I never got hopelessly stuck. That said, it's unpleasant to ride thru on a bike, even with mountain tires. Camp near a paved road. You can google camping-pine barrens and there will be a long list of places to stay.
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Ah, the sugar sand roads of the Barrens. They've stopped the most capable 4 wheel drive vehicles. Luckily I've never stuck my Jeep. Come close a few times.

That said, the road into Bodine is not deep sand. It can be easily done with any car. Still, more sand than i want to deal with on a road bike. And, with anything less than 32cm tires forget it. Once back at the campgound there is enough sand to film a good Land Rover commercial. So, in there, be careful.

For a road bike trip a good base of ops would be the sites at Crowleys Landing. Instant access to pavement, and real bathroom right across the street at the boatramp park. Both locations offer clean rivers for dipping off.
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