Tour de Pines Bicycle Tour
The Pinelands Preservation Alliance holds a 5 day bike tour of the Pinelands every October. Ride one day, two days or all five - it is up to you!
The dates for next year's Tour de Pines have been picked! Drum roll please . . . October 4, 2017 to October 8, 2017!
Information from 2016:
Pedal to Protect the Pines
The 2016 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. This year the Tour will run from September 28 to October 2nd. Proceeds benefit the Pinelands Preservation Alliance, a nonprofit organization working to protect the resources on New Jersey Pinelands since 1989. There is no other bike ride like this in New Jersey!
Each day’s ride will range from approximately 45-53 miles per day and begin and end at the same location. Cue sheets are provided to all registered riders allowing you to go at your own speed. Participants provide their own transportation, food and lodging as this is an unsupported ride. But just because it is unsupported doesn’t mean there aren’t a lot of great benefits!
Other important things to know:
- Shorter Loops between 22-27 miles are available for Sept. 28th, Oct. 1st, and Oct. 2nd.
- GPX files of all rides will be available for download after you register.
- NEW RIDE starting from Hammonton Lake Park and updates to old favorites!
Participants may elect to ride one, two or all days of the Tour. All rides start at 9:00 a.m.
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CHILI AND BEER on October 2nd!
We will have beer and delicious chili after the last day of the ride. Ride the Pinelands Adventure Loop on Sunday October 2nd and then hang out with other cyclists on the grounds of our historic property in Southampton. Free for all registered riders - family and friends are welcome and can pay $10 at the door.
CUE SHEETS WITH DIRECTIONS/MILEAGE FOR EACH RIDE WILL BE EMAILED AFTER YOU REGISTER. This email will also include the GPX files. Click on the links below to see the descriptions of each day's ride. All rides start at 9:00 a.m.
Day 1 - Wednesday, September 28th
Day 2 - Thursday, September 29th
Day 3 - Friday, September 30th
Day 4 - Saturday, October 1st
Day 5 - Sunday, October 2nd
Day 1 – Wednesday, September 28, 2016
RIDE LIKE THE DEVIL
Start Time: 9:00 a.m.at Batsto Village in Wharton State Forest, 08037
This 48-mile ride starts at Historic Batsto Village in Wharton State Forest, a former iron and glass-making industrial center. You will visit several historic and legendary sites in the Pine Barrens. A lunch stop will be made in Historic Smithville Village, and you will visit Leeds Point – the birthplace of the Jersey Devil. Other highlights include Port Republic and Oyster Creek, and side trips may be made to the Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge, Chestnut Neck (site of a battle fought in the Revolutionary War), or the Renault Winery – places that are not too far off of the route.
SHORTER LOOP: This 20-mile ride follows the longer route for the first 12.5 miles, and then branches off and travels up the south side of the Mullica River through Weekstown and Pleasant Mills – where you rejoin the longer route and finish back at Historic Batsto Village.
Day 2 – Thursday, September 29, 2016
TUCKERTON SEAPORT JOURNEY
Start Time: 9:00 a.m. at Tuckerton Seaport & Baymen’s Museum, Tuckerton, NJ 08087
This 49-mile ride starts at the Tuckerton Seaport, a 40-acre maritime village that celebrates the unique history of the people of Barnegat Bay and features the Tucker’s Island Lighthouse. See important natural areas like Bass River State Forest (NJ’s first state forest) and Wharton State Forest. Follow the Mullica River into the town of New Gretna as you head back to the Seaport. A side trip can be taken out Great Bay Boulevard (Seven Bridges Road) and through the Great Bay Wildlife Management Area to the Rutgers School of Marine Sciences (a former Coast Guard station). From this spot, enjoy a panoramic view of Little Egg Harbor and Holgate (Long Beach Island) to the east as well as Brigantine and the Atlantic City skyline to the south. After your ride, stay awhile to explore Tuckerton Seaport & Baymen’s Museum. It also houses the New Jersey Surf Museum - explore New Jersey's connections to the sport and lifestyle! The total distance of 49 miles included the out and back on Seven Bridges road.
Day 3 – Friday, September 30, 2016
NEW RIDE: HISTORIC ATLANTIC COUNTY
Start Time: 9:00 a.m. at Hammonton Lake Park, Hammonton, NJ, 08037
This 50 mile loop visits a number of historic sites in Atlantic County, leaving from beautiful Hammonton Lake Park. The ride traverses a great deal of low traffic roads, and largely undeveloped land. It passes a number of historic sites – as well as wildlife areas -- including Penny Pot (the headwaters of the Great Egg Harbor River), Pancoast Mill Pond, Dorothy Preserve, Historic Mays Landing, the Great Egg Harbor River, Lake Lenape Park, Weymouth Furnace, and Makepeace WMA.
Day 4 – Saturday, October 1, 2016
NEW ROUTE: PINELANDS DISCOVERY LOOP
Start Time: 9:00 a.m. in Historic Whitesbog Village, Brendan Byrne State Forest, Browns Mills, NJ, 08015
The 51-mile ride departs from Historic Whitesbog Village, and travels through Greenwood Forest WMA, Chatsworth, Brendan Byrne State Forest, New Lisbon, Hanover Furnace, Fort Dix. It also passes Deborah Hospital and Mirror Lake in Browns Mills. A lunch stop is planned mid-way at Pakim Pond picnic area, located in Brendan Byrne State Forest. A shuttle will be available to transport your brown-bagged lunch from Whitesbog to the picnic area.
The 21-mile ride departs from Historic Whitesbog Village and passes Mirror Lake in Browns Mills, Deborah Hospital, Fort Dix, and Hanover Furnace. A lunch stop can be made at Reflections Park in Browns Mills near the dam of Mirror Lake.
Day 5 – Sunday, October 2, 2016
PINELANDS ADVENTURE LOOP
Start Time: 9:00 a.m. at Pinelands Preservation Alliance, Southampton, NJ 08088
PPA embarked on a new venture last year with the opening of Pinelands Adventures, a canoe livery which provides greater access and educational opportunities within the Pinelands region. Rides of two distances are offered, both of which will travel past the farm fields of Southampton Township, Kirby’s Mill, a visit to historic Medford Village, and a lunch stop in Tabernacle.
The 45-mile ride will journey through open pinelands, making a stop at Pinelands Adventures, which is located adjacent to Atsion Lake in Wharton State Forest. An additional lunch stop is offered on this route in the town of Indian Mills, and an optional 8.8-mile “out and back” may be ridden to visit Carranza Memorial. Emilio Carranza, the Lindbergh of Mexico is forever memorialized at this stone monument in Wharton State Forest. The site is where his airplane crashed during a thunderstorm while making his attempt to complete a goodwill journey from Mexico City to New York and back again.
The 27-mile ride departs from the longer route in Medford Village, and rejoins it at the lunch stop in Tabernacle. Both rides will also visit additional historic sites that are described in a number of books written about the Pinelands including the Old Sawmill and Old Indian Tavern sites.
2016 Registration Fee: Participants can ride one, two or all five days for just one fee. Current members of the Pinelands Preservation Alliance pay $36 and non-members pay $40. This fee includes cue sheets, GPX files, a limited edition t-shirt and entrance to our end-of-Tour festivities held on October 2ND following the last day's ride.
There are two ways to register:
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.
Information: Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 609-859-8860 x21 for more information.
Tour de Pines 2016 Planning Committee Members: Wayne Cahilly, Mickey Coen, Bob Cummings, Helen Dudar, Dick Gouldey, Kevin Kristian, Chris Monchinski, Dan Rappoport, Susan Soesbe and Jay Stephens. PPA is very grateful for their hard work in planning this year's event! If you want to join the Committee email email@example.com.
Video from Day 1 of the 2015 Tour de Pines