…New Jersey? As in “Jersey Shore” New Jersey? The state with such grand cities as Newark, Atlantic City and Camden? The place where medical waste used to wash up on the beaches etc. That New Jersey? Well, no. Not that New Jersey. There is a side to this state which many people don’t know about, a side with very beautiful natural areas featuring diverse ecosystems, flora and fauna. Sadly, most people think of the pollution, urban sprawl and all the other things that come along with being wedged between New York City, Philadelphia and the edge of the continent, so in this post I want to show you a different side to The Garden State.
My favorite natural area in New Jersey is called the Pine Barrens, a place with sandy soil not suitable for growing most crops, but in which pine trees and many other plants thrive. In 1978, the New Jersey Pinelands National Reserve was created to protect the Pine Barrens, which cover 22% of the state of New Jersey and which constitute the largest unbroken natural forest area on the east coast of the US between Boston, Massachusetts and Richmond, Virginia. That’s right, in NEW JERSEY!
Back in August, the Woodsfamily and my brother and sister-in-law-to-be visited Double Trouble State Park, which is located in Lacey and Berkeley Townships. Below are some pictures I took during our hike. Hope you enjoy them and get a taste of what New Jersey can offer!
A drained cranberry bog. Cranberry farming is still carried out in NJ.
Some kind of nest:
There was a fire here a few years back:
Hope you enjoyed seeing a wild side of New Jersey not involving Snooki or Pauly. 😉