New Jersey Pinelands National Reserve

 

Contact Information:

New Jersey Pinelands Commission
15 Springfield Road (P.O. Box 7)
New Lisbon, NJ 08064
Visitor Information
(609) 894-7300

Additional Information:
Official Park Page

Need a place to stay?
New Jersey Lodging

Books:
Protecting the New Jersey Pinelands: A New Direction in Land-Use Management
New Jersey Handbook (Adventure Guides Series)
50 Hikes in New Jersey: Walks, Hikes, and Backpacking Trips from the Kittatinnies to Cape May
Nature Walks in New Jersey


New Jersey Pinelands National ReserveThe Pinelands National Reserve includes portions of seven southern New Jersey counties, and encompasses over one-million acres of farms, forests and wetlands. It contains 56 communities, from hamlets to suburbs, with over 700,000 permanent residents. In 1978 it was established by Congress as the country’s first National Reserve.

In the Pinelands, specific areas have been designated for environmental protection, forestry and agriculture, with growth being directed and encouraged in and around areas capable of accommodating further development. As a United States Biosphere Reserve, the Pinelands also serves as a laboratory for fostering a harmonious relationship between humans and their environment through a program of research that integrates the social, physical and biological sciences.

The Pinelands is truly a special place. Its people are distinguished by a unique relationship with their environment, and the environment is distinguished by being habitat for over a thousand species of plants and animals--almost 100 of which are threatened or endangered.

The Reserve is served by public roads that are open year-round. However, public and private tourism and recreation facilities maintain varying seasonal and daily operational hours.