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!
Tour de Pines: October 4, 2017 to October 8, 2017!
Pedal to Protect the Pines
The 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. 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 Oct. 4, Oct. 7, and Oct. 8.
- GPX files of all rides will be available for download after you register.
- NEW RIDE starting from Laurita Winery in New Egypt NJ 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 8th!
We will have beer and delicious chili after the last day of the ride. Ride the Pinelands Adventure Loop on Sunday 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. See the descriptions of each day's ride below. All rides start at 9:00 a.m.
Day 1 – Wednesday, October 4, 2017
Start Time: 9:00 a.m.at Estell Manor County Park, Estell Manor, NJ, 08319
Rides of two distances are offered – a 48 mile loop and a 22 mile loop. Both rides start off from Estell Manor County Park, located south of Mays Landing in lower Atlantic County. This property is the site of a former World War I munitions plant that was operated by the Bethlehem Loading Company, and gave rise to the existence of the town of Belcoville. The park office offers an extensive photographic history for this era, as well as an interpretive center depicting the area wildlife.
The rides traverse a great deal of low traffic roads, and largely undeveloped land. They pass the historic sites of Aetna Furnace and the Head of the River Church, and a number of wildlife management areas. After reaching the Head of the River (reference to the Tuckahoe River), the 48-mile ride proceeds to Belleplain State Forest, Dennisville and Tuckahoe – while the 22-mile ride begins its return to the starting point. Both rides pass through Dorothy, riding along Lenape Farms (formerly a 5,000 acre hunting club, now preserved-land owned by the state) and return to Estell Manor County Park.
Day 2 – Thursday, October 5, 2017
NEW RIDE!: NO WHINING RIDE
Start Time: 9:00 a.m. Laurita Winery (GPS: 85 Archertown Road), New Egypt NJ 08533
This 43.7 mile ride starts at Laurita Winery, which is located at the edge of the Pine Barrens. Scenic areas in both Ocean and Monmouth counties may be enjoyed, including many agricultural, tree and horse farms. The route passes through Colliers Mills and Assunpink Wildlife Management Areas (WMA), as well as a visit to Historic Walnford, a Monmouth County Park. Be prepared for some rolling terrain and a few steep hills! This ride crosses the Union Transportation Trail (a relatively new “rails-to-trails” that is also a part of the Monmouth County Parks System), and this trail could be a ride for another day. After your ride, stay a while to sample Laurita’s wine and enjoy the atmosphere of this unique place!
Day 3 – Friday, October 6, 2017
RIDE LIKE THE DEVIL
Start Time: 9:00 a.m.at Batsto Village in Wharton State Forest, 08037
This 48-mile ride will take to you to 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.
Day 4 – Saturday, October 7, 2017
JAKES BRANCH LOOP
Start Time: 9:00 a.m.at Jakes Branch County Park Office, Beachwood NJ, 08722
Rides of two distances are offered – a 54 mile loop and a 23 mile loop. Both start and end at Jakes Branch Park Office in Beachwood, Ocean County. You will pedal from Jakes Branch Park, along scenic Toms River and Barnegat Bay. Jakes Branch Park - "The Gateway to the Pines", offers both active and passive recreation opportunities. Either before or after your ride, check out the Nature Center, which highlights the beauty, history and natural surroundings of the Pine Barrens through informational exhibits and environmental programs. Breathtaking views of the surrounding Pine Barrens forest can be taken in from the observation deck perched 5-stories atop the nature center. You will ride along Toms River, the name sake for the popular shore town, flows into the Barnegat Bay. Barnegat Bay is a small brackish arm of the Atlantic Ocean, approximately 30 miles long, along the coast of Ocean County. The bay is the end point of water from the 660-square-mile Barnegat Bay watershed. Barnegat Bay is one of 28 Congressionally designated National Estuary Programs working to improve the health of nationally significant estuaries.
Day 5 – Sunday, October 8, 2017
PINELANDS ADVENTURE LOOP
Start Time: 9:00 a.m. at Pinelands Preservation Alliance, Southampton, NJ 08088
PPA opened of Pinelands Adventures in 2015, 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 and Tabernacle townships. A lunch stop may be made in Tabernacle but we recommend you eat light so that you can enjoy chili and beer compliments of PPA when you return from your ride.
The 45-mile ride will journey through open Pinelands and make a stop at Pinelands Adventures, which is located adjacent to Atsion Lake in Wharton State Forest. An optional 8.8-mile “out and back” may be ridden to visit Carranza Memorial. Emilio Carranza, the Lindberg of Mexico, is forever memorialized at this stone monument located 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, 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.
2017 Registration Fee: Participants can ride one, two or all five days for just $40. This fee includes cue sheets, GPX files, a limited edition t-shirt and entrance to our end-of-Tour festivities held on October 8th 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.
PPA is a local, grassroots organization and your participation truly makes a difference in our effort to protect New Jersey's Pinelands.
Information: Contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 609-859-8860 x121 for more information.
Tour de Pines 2017 Planning Committee Members: Wayne Cahilly, Harry Chaikin, Mickey Coen, Bob Cummings, Helen Dudar, Anita Garner, Dick Gouldey, Michael Hardy, John Keenan, Kevin Kristian, Chris Monchinski, Dan Rappoport, Daniel Sferas, Susan Soesbe, Jay Stephens, Ed and Patricia Troike, and Jim Wheatcroft. 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