Designated as a New Jersey Scenic Byway in 2005, this 130-mile route is located in the New Jersey Pinelands and extends from Batsto and Tuckerton in the north to Dennisville and Port Elizabeth in the south, passing through five counties and 16 municipalities. Along the route are the Edwin B. Forsythe and Cape May National Wildlife Refuges, the Jacques Cousteau National Estuarine Research Reserve, ten State Wildlife Management Areas, three State Forests, five County Parks, several major rivers of which two are federally designated wild and scenic, numerous smaller streams, as well as a variety of historic and scenic sites.
1983, the area was designated a United States Biosphere Reserve by United Nations Educational, Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO), an agency of the United Nations, and in 1988 it was recognized as an International Biosphere Reserve. As with the Bayshore Heritage Scenic Byway, a portion of the Pine Barrens Scenic Byway has been designated as a Hemisphere Reserve by the Western Hemisphere Shorebird Reserve Network and as a "wetland of international importance."
The 1.1 million acre Pinelands is the largest body of primarily forested open space on the Mid-Atlantic seaboard between Richmond, Virginia and Boston,
Massachusetts and is a natural and cultural environment unique to the world. The Pinelands National Reserve occupies 22% of New Jersey's land area and is the first National Reserve in the nation created by Congress under the National Parks and Recreation Act of 1978. The reserve is approximately 35% wetlands and lies above the Kirkwood-Cohansey aquifer which contains an estimated 17.7 trillion gallons of water. Forty-three threatened or endangered animal species and 92 threatened or endangered plant species are found in the Reserve. In
First used by the colonists as a source of bog iron in the late 1700s, a rural version of the Industrial Revolution took hold as iron smelting
and glass production became the major source of employment within this area.
||With the depletion of the forests caused by fueling the iron and glass furnaces, the area turned to truck farming since at least the early
nineteenth century and berry farming a few decades later. All of New Jersey's cranberry and blueberry production occurs within the Pinelands; nationally, New Jersey ranks 3rd in cranberry production and 6th in blueberry production. This area has been one reason for New Jersey’s designation as The Garden State.
Scenic Byway fast facts:
- Intrinsic qualities:
Nature and historic
Three different routes, for a total of approximately 130 miles:
Northern (pdf 1.9m)
Central (pdf 2.9m)
Southern (pdf 3.1m)
This Scenic Byway runs from the Mullica River southwest and south to the Maurice River and Delaware Bay through the southern portion of the New Jersey Pinelands.
At the Village of Greenbank in Washington Township, Burlington County, the driver can either continue on with the
longer northern loop or take the
shorter northern loop.
- Start on Route 9 in Tuckerton at the junction with Route 539 (Green Street).
- Go west on Route 9.
- Turn right on Stage Road and bear left continuing on Stage Road going west.
- In Bass River Township,veer left onto Route 653 (Leektown Road).
- Just before crossing over the Wading River, Route 653 intersects with Route 542 (Batsto Bridgeport Road).
- Take Route 542 traveling west.
Longer Northern Loop
Shorter Northern Loop
- Continue on Route 542 toward the Historic Village of Batsto.
- Bear left following Route 542 (Batsto Bridgeport Road) and cross over the Mullica River into Mullica Township, Atlantic County (where Route
542 turns from Batsto Bridgeport Road to Hammonton-Pleasant Mills Road).
- Once in Mullica Township, continue onto the North Loop or travel
south and take the central connector of the North and South Byway Loops.
First Leg of the North Loop
- Turn left onto Route 563 (Egg Harbor-Green Bank Road) heading south.
- Cross over the Mullica River into Mullica Township, Atlantic County.
- Continue on Route 563 into the Village of Weekstown.
Final Leg of the North Loop
- From Route 542 (Hammonton-Pleasant Mills Road) turn left onto Route 643 (Weekstown-Pleasant Mills Road) heading southeast.
- Turn left onto Route 612 (Elwood-Weekstown Road) which turns into Route 563 (Green Bank Road) at the junction with Route 563 (Egg
Harbor-Green Bank Road) where the Shorter Loop joins in again.
- Bear left following Route 563 (Green Bank Road) and continue the loop as described for the final leg of the northern loop.
- From the intersection of Route 612 and 563 in the Village of Weekstown, Mullica Township, take Route 563 (Green Bank Road) heading south.
- In Egg Harbor City, make a sharp left turn onto Route 624 (Clarks Landing Road).
- Continue on Route 624 (Clarks Landing Road) heading southeast into Port Republic.
- Just past the Garden State Parkway, bear right onto Mill Street.
- Take Mill Street to Route 575 (Main Street) and make a left.
- Take Main Street to "T" intersection with Route 610 (Old York Road) and make a right.
- Head south on Route 610 and bear to the left as Route 610 becomes Atlantic 610/Smith Bowen Road.
- Turn left onto Route 9 (New York Road) heading north.
Central Connector Route
- To take the spur turn right onto Route 9 heading south to Oceanville and the headquarters of the Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge. Follow Route 9 back north.
- Bear left onto the Garden State Parkway (Exit 48) heading north.
- Take Exit 50 to follow Route 9 north through the Village of New Gretna, Bass River Township, Burlington County.
- Follow Route 9 into Ocean County, where it also becomes known as Atlantic Boulevard, then as West Main Street in the Pinelands Town of
- Take Route 542 (Hammonton-Pleasant Mills Road) heading west toward the Village of Nesco, Mullica Township.
- Make a left onto Route 658 (Columbia Road) heading south into the Village of Elwood, Mullica Township.
- Turn right onto Route 623 (Weymouth-Elwood Road) heading southwest.
- In Hamilton Township, Route 623 runs into and becomes Route 559 (Weymouth Road).
- Take Route 559 (Weymouth Road) heading south.
- Bear left when Route 559 joins Route 606 (Old Harding Highway) heading toward May’s Landing.
- Continue on Route 559 by turning left onto Route 616 (Mill Street).
- Bear right onto Main Street (still Route 559).
- Make a right onto Cape May Avenue (Route 40 west and Route 50 south).
- Make a left onto Route 50 south and continue on Route 50 toward Corbin City.
- Bear left at the junction with Route 645 and where Route 50 joins with Route 557.
- Make a right onto Route 611 (Main Street). Here the Central Route merges with the Southern Route.
Longer Southern Loop
- The Southern Route begins on Route 611 (Main Street) in Corbin City, Atlantic County at the junction with Route 649 (Aetna Road).
- Travel south on Main Street and continue on it as it joins Route 50 south. Cross over the Tuckahoe River into Upper Township, Cape May
- Make a right onto Route 49 traveling west.
- Bear right onto Route 632 (Marshallville Road) and stay on Route 632 until it joins up again with Route 49.
- Follow Route 49 to the junction with Route 548. Follow either the
longer southern loop or the
shorter southern loop.
Shorter Southern Loop
- Take Route 548 (Weatherby Road) at the junction of Route 49 and head west into Cumberland County.
- In Port Elizabeth, make a left onto Route 47 (Delsea Drive) and follow Route 47 into Cape May County.
- In Eldora, bear left onto Old State Highway.
- Make a right onto Route 550 (Paper Mill Road) and take Route 550 until it joins up with Route 47.
- In Dennisville, make a left onto Route 610 (Dennisville-Petersburg Road).
- Make a left onto Route 550 (Dehirsch Avenue).
- In Woodbine, make a left onto Route 557 (Washington Avenue).
- Make a right onto Route 550 (Webster Street, which then turns into Woodbine Avenue). Follow Route 550 to Belleplain.
- Make a right onto Route 605 (Broad Street, which turns into Tuckahoe Road, which turns into Belleplain Road).
- Take Route 605 to the junction of Route 548 (Weatherby Road).
- Follow Route 49 when it bears right and crosses over the Tuckahoe River into Estell Manor, Atlantic County.
- Make a right onto head of River Road.
- Bear right onto Aetna Drive.
- Follow Aetna Drive to Route 611 (Main Street).
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