National Parks

Bass River State Forest

Tuckerton, NJ

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Address: Bass River State Forest, Tuckerton, NJ 08087, USA Number: 609 296 1114 Website Contact How do we get there?

What is there to do?

Did you know that the Bass River State Forest was the first forest that was acquired by the beautiful state of New Jersey? Yep! In fact, it was all the way back in 1905. so imagine all the families that have enjoyed it over the past century! Quite a few we imagine!

Bass State Forest still makes a fun and adventurous family outing for all ages. The highlight is Lake Absegami, which is 67 acres of man-made lake created back in the 1930s. It was made as a place where visitors could swim, and enjoy those water activities they loved. 

From Memorial Day to Labor Day, the lake still is the best place to enjoy some swimming, as a lifeguard is on duty to keep everyone safe! There is also an area with showers, restrooms and a changing area so very family friendly indeed!

If you pick up a fishing license, you can try and catch those freshwater species including sunfish, catfish and pickerel. 

During the summer months, there is a canoe, rowboat and kayak concession so you can actually get right out onto the water, and enjoy a view of Bass River State Forest from a whole new angle!

For those families who prefer to stick to land, there are eight easy walking trails that range from as easy as 1 mile. There are some pretty incredible sights to see along the trains, including forested areas, streams, and once bustling towns!

Camping is a popular pastime within the forest too, so why not make a weekend of it and enjoy those tent and trailer sites. They have group camping too!

Nature really is calling at this beautiful New Jersey forest, so get those walking shoes on, and let's get exploring!

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How much does it cost?



$2 pp or $10-$20/vehicle Memorial - Labor Days



Residents 50% for vehicles


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They have a carry in / carry out policy so make sure you help them keep the forest clean and take anything you bring back out with you again

Any top tips?


Make sure you take your hats and sunscreen to look after yourself!

I'm Hungry!


They sell refreshments at the swimming area at the concession stand

Healthy Eating Located near the beach are 74 picnic tables with charcoal grills so why not bring your own picnic lunch and enjoy it under the sun! Always carry plenty of bottled water with you, especially if you are heading out on hikes

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Where is it at?

Teachers corner


They offer natural and historical interpretive programs across the year, so give them a call to book your spot!

Can I get one of those?


There is a beach concession where you can pick up beach supplies

Need a little extra help?


The Bass River State Forest recreational facilities are partially accessible for persons with disabilities, however the trails aren't. Speak to staff if you have any questions

Click here for lots more great things to do near you in New Jersey

When can we go?

Sunrise to Sunset, daily. Day use area 8am - dusk.

All year round

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