Two Hikes Coming Up at Bass River State Forest

Apr 15, 2019
Photo by: Pat Johnson Hike the pygmy pine forest in Warren Grove by moonlight.

The moon will be full on Saturday, April 20, making for a perfect night for hiking in the Pine Barrens with the staff of Bass River State Forest. On any given night in the pygmy pine forest of Warren Grove, night sounds are amplified and stars are brighter because there is no light pollution. But the best night for hiking is during the full moon, when sand roads stand out starkly against the dark foliage. Night hiking is a quiet time to savor the senses of smell, hearing and touch. Perhaps an early whippoorwill will speak or the famous Pine Barrens tree frogs will serenade.

Meet for the 3- to 4-mile hike at the intersection of Beaver Dam Road and Radio Tower Road (both dirt tracks at this point) at 7:30 p.m. Directions: Turn onto Simm Place Road from Route 539 in Warren Grove and make a right onto Beaver Dam Road. It is approximately 0.8 miles to the intersection with Radio Tower Road.

Bring insect repellent for ticks, as well as water, snacks and a flashlight. Children 10 and older are welcome, but no dogs unless it is a service dog. Severe weather cancels the hike.

The hike is free. Call 609-296-1114 for more information.

Dogs are more than welcome at the next hike, planned for Saturday, April 27, in Bass River State Forest. Up to 15 dogs may come with their owners for a 3- to 5-mile jaunt with naturalist Kathy Gardiner. Meet at 9 a.m. at the Bass River State Forest office parking lot, 762 Stage Rd., Bass River Township. Dogs must be on a leash at all times. Those who like dogs but don’t have one may also come along. Bring water and lunch, and doggy bags for picking up waste. Heavy rain cancels. Register for this free hike by calling the office at 609-296-1114 or Kathy at 609-296-6574. —P.J.

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