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An Upgrade for the Pine Barrens

By Linda Tancs

New Jersey’s Pine Barrens is an expanse of coastal plain in the southern part of the state. It’s long been recognized as a state scenic byway and now has been federally designated a national scenic byway. The 130-mile route contains multiple wildlife refuges, reserves, forests, parks, rivers and streams as well as historic villages. It extends from Batsto and Tuckerton in the north to Dennisville and Port Elizabeth in the south. Just under an hour’s drive from Philadelphia, the byway features some of the most extensive, unbroken forests remaining in the northeastern United States. Motorists, cyclists and walkers will benefit from an interactive map developed by the Pinelands Commission.


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