Whitesbog Village’s grounds are open from dawn to dusk, 365 days a year, as part of the Brendan T. Byrne State Forest. The Village buildings are open only for scheduled events, pre-arranged tours, and by special request. Consult our calendar of events for dates and times, or call the office at (609) 893-4646 to schedule a special visit.
Some Activities to Engage in at Whitesbog:
- Hike, bike, and walk on more than 18 miles of sand roads that crisscross the cranberry bogs, active and abandoned blueberry fields, wetlands, and forested areas. The terrain is easy, flat, and good for beginners.
- Horseback riders will enjoy two marked trails, three and five miles in length, which lead through the bogs and forested trails to enjoy the beauty and serenity of the Pinelands.
- Bird watching, rare and native plant viewing, and photography are popular pastimes here at Whitesbog. Explore on your own with a Whitesbog map, attend one of our scheduled programs or join a group for a scheduled outing.
- Canoeing, kayaking and fishing on Whitesbog’s ponds, creeks, and reservoirs to observe aquatic plants and wildlife of the Pine Barrens. Relax with your fishing gear on Rome Pond or Little Tank, Cranberry Run, or Upper Reservoir.
Whitesbog’s Self Guided Tours include:
- Whitesbog’s driving tour: Enjoy a three-and-a-half mile loop around the bogs with a free map and guide booklet, available in the General Store or Visitor Center, or to download here. Before you start your drive, check in for current road conditions. Your use of Whitesbog’s roads are strictly at your own risk. The Trust accepts no responsibility for any damage to your vehicle or injury to drivers and passengers. The Trust makes no representations, expressed or implied, about the suitability and safety of the trails and Whitesbog areas for recreational use and driving. Anyone using the trails and Whitesbog areas releases the Trust from any damage, injury, or harm which may occur during such usage.
- The Old Bog Trail: This short (1/5 mile) nature trail, which traverses the edge of a lake and runs through an old cranberry bog, guides you through Whitesbog’s natural environment and interprets the ecological succession that has occurred in the abandoned areas of the cranberry farm. A free booklet with information about the trail and the numbered sites is available in the General Store or the Visitor Center, or to download here.
- The Tree Trail: Prior to the development of Whitesbog, the farm was a Pine Barrens lowland forest. This forest was logged for firewood and lumber and was dredged for bog iron and cultivated for cranberries and blueberries. Some of the remaining trees from the lowland forest make up the oldest trees in the Village, including pitch pine, red maple, black gum, holly, and Atlantic white cedar. You will see these trees along the trail. Slightly younger trees may have been planted by village residents for ornament, shade and fruit.The Tree Trail has 24 stations, each featuring a different tree. The first station is to the right of the General Store’s front porch. The Trail is not marked, so please pick up a guide in the Visitors Center or General Store to find the stations. Each tree is identified by a sign on its trunk or branch. The signs indicate the common and scientific name of each tree species.
Some Important Buildings:
- Office: Stop in at the Office in Workers’ Cottage (building #12) next to the General Store. Talk to the staff. Pick up a maps, guides, and brochures. Plant guides, bird books, and binoculars are also available to borrow. The Visitors’ Center is open weekdays 10am – 12pm and 1pm – 3pm.
- Whitesbog General Store: Visit our old-time general store, Saturdays and Sundays from 10am to 4pm, February through December. Find unique Pineland’s merchandise, blueberry and cranberry products, Whitesbog T-shirts, books, photographs, handmade crafts, and delicious preserves and honey. Maps, guides, and brochures are available for free.