Exploring Bass River State Forest

bass river state forest

The first forest acquired by the State of New Jersey in 1905 for public recreation, water conservation and wildlife and timber management, Bass River State Forest is a true gem. It offers stunning views, exceptional camping and tons of activities for land lovers and water junkies alike.

The park is open from 8am to dusk year round. Pets are prohibited from the swimming and camping areas, unless you’ve reserved a pet friendly space, which required they’re on a six foot leash at all times. Form 10pm to 6am the park observes a strictly enforced quiet time to ensure everyone gets a good night’s rest.

The Absegami Natural Area covers 128 acres and allows you to follow a self-guided nature loop that takes you through a wetland forest made up of Atlantic white cedar, red maple and magnolia.

At 3,800 acres the White Plains Natural Area features a rare ecosystem known as the Pygmy Forest. This forest is made up of pine and oak trees that may only reach a height of 4′ at maturity! 8 easy walking paths make exploring the park easy and enjoyable. They run from 1 to 3.2 miles in length.

Fishing is permitted and quite enjoyable in the park. You must have a valid New Jersey fishing license, which can be purchased in the park. Common species include catfish, pickerel and sunfish. Lake Absegami, created in the 1930’s, is a 67-acre situated at the center of the park.

Photographers will love the gorgeous photo opportunities available throughout the park. Vast forest scenery, beautiful wildlife and a variety of flora and fauna offer tons of photos that will be frame worthy.

Other activities including hiking, biking, boat rentals, stargazing and more. The entire family is sure to love Bass River and make many memories to come.

Whatever your hobbies, you’re sure to find peace and solace to enjoy them at Bass River State Forest.

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