Plants of the Pinelands

The Pine Barrens is home to plants that are uniquely adapted to thrive in the nutrient poor soils.

Threats to the Pinelands

Inappropriate development is a constant threat to the natural resources of the Pinelands.

9th Annual Tour de Pines Bicycle Tour

The 2013 Tour de Pines, sponsored by Pinelands Preservation Alliance, celebrates Pinelands Month in October with five consecutive single day bicycle tours of the New Jersey Pinelands.

Bicycle enthusiasts and Pinelands enthusiasts are invited to participate!

The 2013 Tour de Pines will begin on Wednesday, October 9th at PPA's Bishop Farmstead in Southampton Township, traverse the length and breadth of the Pinelands National Reserve, and culminate at Batsto Village on Sunday, October 13th.

Each day’s tour will range from 40-55 miles per day, with average speeds of 11-13 mph, and begin and end at the same location.

The Tour de Pines is a voluntary, non-competitive, unsupported ride. Participants are required to provide their own transportation, food and lodging (recommendations will be provided with cue sheets).

Participants may elect to ride one, two or all days of the Tour.


Day 1 - October 9th, Cranberry Cruiser Loop

Day 2

Day 1 – Wednesday, October 9th

Start Time: 9:00 a.m. at Pinelands Preservation Alliance, Southampton, NJ 08088

Cranberry Cruiser Loop – This 44 mile ride takes you through Brendan Byrne State Forest, historic Medford Village, past Kirby’s Mill, and past the farms fields of Southampton Township.

Day 2 – Thursday, October 10th

Start Time: 9:00 a.m. at Lucille’s Country Cooking, Warren Grove, NJ 08005

Heart of the Pines Loop – This ride is a loop instead of an out and back this year! This 50.1 mile ride takes you past Bass River State Forest (NJ’s first state forest), Harrisville Pond, Wharton State Forest, Lake Oswego and the New Jersey Conservation Foundation’s Franklin Parker Preserve.

Day 3 – Friday, October 11th

Start Time: 9:00 a.m. at Belleplain State Forest, Woodbine NJ, 08270

The Bridge to Nowhere – This 53 mile ride takes you through Belleplain State Forest, Maurice River Park, Port Norris, and Dividing Creek. Have lunch on the mysterious Bridge to Nowhere at Maurice River Park!

Day 4 – Saturday, October 12th

Start Time: 9:00 a.m. at Jakes Branch County Park Office, Beachwood NJ, 08722

Jakes Branch Loop – This 54 mile loop takes you along scenic Toms River and Barnegat Bay. Other highlights include a lunch stop at the 19th Annual Pine Barrens Jamboree at Wells Mills County Park in Waretown. Enjoy the musical sounds of the Jersey Pines during lunch!

Day 5 – Sunday, October 13th

Start Time: 9:00 a.m. at Batsto Village in Wharton State Forest

Ride Like the Devil – This 48 mile ride will take to you to several historic and legendary sites in the Pine Barrens. Start off in Historic Batsto Village a former iron and glass making industrial center, have lunch in Historic Smithville Village, and visit Leeds Point the birthplace of the Jersey Devil. Other highlights include Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge, Oyster Creek and Renault Winery isn’t too far away.

Image of Tshirt Ride like the Devil back

Registration Fee: $15 for PPA members and $35 for non-member - ride for one day or all days for one registration fee! Register before September 1, 2013 and get a bonus Ride like the Devil t-shirt while supplies last.

The Tour de Pines helps to support our work to protect New Jersey's Pinelands so there are always beautiful green places to ride your bike in south Jersey. This year riders will recieve a discounted PPA membership for one year.

PPA is a local, grassroots organization and your gift truly makes a difference in our effort to protect New Jersey's Pinelands.

****REGISTRATION will open mid-July. ****


Information: Contact becky@pinelandsalliance or 609 859-8860 x21 for more information or to register.

To get a feeling for the tour check out what we did in 2012: (all rides start at 9:00 AM)

Wed., Oct. 10: Cranberry Cruiser Loop (Medford, Kirby’s Mill, Brendan Byrne State Forest) 45 miles


Photos from 2011

Thurs., Oct. 11: Heart of the Pines (Historic Chatsworth, Lake Oswego, Brenden Byrne State Forest, Wharton State Forest, Franklin Parker Preserve, Penn State Forest and Greenwood State Forest ) 49 miles


Photos from 2011

Fri., Oct. 12: The Bridge to Nowhere (Belleplain State Forest, Port Norris, Maurice River Park) 56 miles


Photos from 2011

Sat., Oct. 13: A Chair on Every Roof (Batsto Village, Wharton State Forest, Bass River State Forest, Stafford Forge Wildlife Management Area, The House with the Chair on the Roof) 49 miles


Photos from 2011

Sun., Oct. 14: Pinelands Discovery Loop (Historic Whitesbog Village, Brendan Byrne State Forest, Greenwood Forest Wildlife Management Area) 41 miles


Photos from 2011

Image of Tour de Pines heading out of WhitesbogTour de Pines heading out of Whitesbog ©PPA
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