Not far from the Eastern seaboard is a world where pygmy pines, carnivorous plants and cranberry bogs rule. It's New Jersey's legendary Pine Barrens.
Here, you'll stroll along sandy trails through a habitat of meandering rivers, bogs, wetlands and stunted forests.
But don't get too comfortable -- this is also the home of the hideous Jersey Devil.
The story goes that in the year 1735, a Mrs. Leeds, who already had too many children, said that if she had another child, she wished it would be "the devil." And wouldn't you know, she soon got pregnant and gave birth to a creature with cloven hooves, bat wings, and a forked tail. To this day, this devil creature is said to stalk the Pine Barrens...
Ask anyone who lives here and they'll tell you, "Don't camp alone."
Kayak photo courtesy of Jeremiah Connelly.
Day 1 - Ltl Egg Hbr Twp, Oceanville
Begin your first day exploring Batsto Historic Village then take a break and enjoy the shady Bass River State Forest. Go for a swim or hike the trails. Then head over to the Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge for bird and wildlife viewing.
762 Stage Rd
Ltl Egg Hbr Twp, NJ 08087
tel: (609) 296-1114
800 Great Creek Rd
Oceanville, NJ 08231
tel: (609) 652-1665
Day 2 - Chatsworth, Shamong
Chatsworth is famous for its Cranberry Festival held every October. If you're here at that time, don't miss it... you'll never forget the beauty of the cranberry bogs, flooded, undulating with sparkling red berries.
Enjoy breakfast at historic Chatsworth General Store & Buzby's Cafe, then head out to one of New Jersey's scenic rivers for a fun kayak or canoe experience.
Route 563 & 1st Street
3107 County Road 563
Chatsworth, NJ 08019
tel: (609) 726-1380,(800) 281-1380
1005 Atsion Road
Shamong, NJ 08088
tel: (609) 268-0189
Day 3 - Egg Harbor City
There's nothing like a pie from Penza's, and you should stop here even if it's to purchase one to take home with you. If yesterday's kayak or canoe experience left you wanting more, rent a canoe or kayak at Palace Outfitters for a trip down the Winding River.
Later, relax at the Renault Winery Resort. Play golf, take a tour of the winery, and enjoy a memorable six course dinner at the Renault Gourmet Restaurant.
Want something more casual? Try Mediterranean a la Carte at Joseph's Restaurant.
72 North Bremen Avenue
Egg Harbor City, NJ 08215
tel: +1 609 965 2111