New Jersey’s Pine Barrens Are A Big Secluded Treasure

The New Jersey Pine Barrens are the largest remaining example of the Atlantic coastal pine barrens ecosystem. They span more than 7 counties and aren’t actually barren at all. They were given the name by European settlers who were unable to grow their traditional crops in the sandy soil. However, the unique ecology of the region supports a wide variety of plant life, from rare pygmy pitch pines to orchids and even carnivorous plants!

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You can explore the Pinelands with friends, or take a unique tour. Pinelands Adventures offers a variety of options, including guided paddles, naturalist-led hikes, ecology tours, and history tours. In a state as populous as New Jersey, the Pines sure are a picturesque escape. The Jersey Devil sure isn’t keeping us away! Some say there’s buried treasure in the Pinelands, but I think they’re treasure enough themselves.

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