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!
2015 Tour de Pines Dates: 9/30/15 to 10/4/15
The Tour de Pines committee is working hard on this year's event. We expect to have the ride locations posted by May. Check back soon!
Pedal to Protect the Pines
The 2015 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 30 to October 4th. 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 tour will range from 40-55 miles per day and begin and end at the same location. Cue sheets are provided to all registered riders - allowing riders to go at their own speed. Participants provide their own transportation, food and lodging as this is an unsupported ride.
Participants may elect to ride one, two or all days of the Tour. All rides start at 9:00 a.m.
Tour de Pines 2014 at the East Point Lighthouse. © PPA
There is no bicycle tour like this in the state of New Jersey! Ride through our country's first National Reserve and discover places you've never seen.
See below for where we rode in 2014:
CUE SHEETS WITH DIRECTIONS/MILEAGE FOR EACH RIDE WILL BE EMAILED AFTER YOU REGISTER. 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, October 1st
Day 2 - Thursday, October 2nd
Day 3 - Friday, October 3rd
Day 4 - Saturday, October 4th
Day 5 - Sunday, October 5th
Day 1 – Wednesday, October 1, 2014
Start Location: Historic Batsto Village, Wharton State Forest
RIDE LIKE THE DEVIL LOOP – 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 Port Republic, Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge, Oyster Creek and Renault Winery isn’t too far away. Optional scavenger hunt during the ride for prizes.
Day 2 – Thursday, October 2, 2014
Start Location: Lucille’s Country Cooking, Warren Grove, NJ 08005
HEART OF THE PINES LOOP – This 50.1 mile ride takes you past Bass River State Forest (NJ’s first state forest), Harrisville Pond, Wharton State Forest, have lunch at beautiful Lake Oswego and see the New Jersey Conservation Foundation’s Franklin Parker Preserve.
Day 3 – Friday, October 3, 2014
Start Location: Belleplain State Forest, Woodbine NJ, 08270
THE BRIDGE TO NOWHERE – This 53 mile ride takes you through Belleplain State Forest, Port Norris, and Dividing Creek. Have lunch on the mysterious Bridge to Nowhere at Maurice River Park! See the East Point Lighthouse (the second oldest lighthouse in NJ) situated on the Delaware Bay.
Day 4 – Saturday, October 4, 2014
Start Location: Atlantic County Bikeway by Shore Mall, Egg Harbor Twp NJ, 08234
BRIDGE TO SOMEWHERE LOOP – This 55 mile loop takes you along the Atlantic County and Northfield Rail Trails, over 5 bridges and through towns you probably never heard of. Make sure your brakes work when you cross the Great Egg Harbor via the gigantic Ninth Street Bridge connecting Somers Point to Ocean City. This bridge is so big it has its own visitor center!
Day 5 – Sunday, October 5, 2014
Start Location: PPA Headquarters, Southampton NJ 08088
CRANBERRY CRUISER – This 44 mile ride takes you through Brendan Byrne State Forest, historic Medford Village, past Kirby’s Mill, and past the farm fields of Southampton Township. Optional scavenger hunt during the ride for prizes. At the end of the ride celebrate the 10th anniversary of the Tour de Pines 10th with food and drink compliments of PPA and Tour de Pines sponsors. Friends and family of cyclists are welcome.
2015 Registration Fee: Registration information coming soon.
There are three ways to register:
- Register online.
- Register over the phone by calling Tom at 609-859-8860 ext 14.
- Mail in your registration form with payment.
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 email@example.com or 609-859-8860 x21 for more information.
Tour de Pines 2015 Planning Committee Members: Wayne Cahilly, Mickey Coen, Bob Cummings, Helen Dudar, Dick Gouldey, Kevin Kristian, Chris Monchinski, Dan Rappoport, Mike Thompson. PPA is very grateful for their hard work in planning this year's event! If you want to join the Committee email firstname.lastname@example.org.
To get a feeling for the tour check out this link for pictures from the Pinelands Preservation Alliance's Flickr account.