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John C. Bartlett Jr.
Ocean County Freeholder

Michael Mangum

Kenneth F. Pullen
General Supervisor

Mary J. Bavais
Superintendent of Recreation


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400 acres
1100 Double Trouble Road
Beachwood, NJ

"The Gateway to the Pines", Jakes Branch County Park offers both active and passive recreation opportunities. The Jakes Branch Nature Center highlights the beauty, history and natural surroundings of the Pine Barrens through informational exhibits, live animals 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. Jakes Branch County Park also offers families the opportunity to picnic, play sports, visit the playground, discovery playtrail or hike and bike our 8+ miles of nature trails.

The nature center staff offers recreation and environmental education programs, both free-of-charge and for a nominal fee, through our quarterly Parks and Recreation Newletter. Free group programs are offered free-of-charge to groups including: schools, scouts, clubs, churches, and civic organizations located within Ocean County. Arrangements can be made in advance by contacting the nature center.

 Click HERE for directions

 Jakes Branch Brochure

Accessible nature center and restrooms, hiking and walking trails, interpretive nature trails, bike trail, discovery play trail, cross-country skiing, open play field, softball fields, baseball fields, multi-use fields, tennis and pickleball courts, basketball courts, playgrounds

Our picnic area can accomodate up to 75 people and is available for a nominal fee. Reservations must be made a minimum of three weeks prior to your requested date.
 Click HERE for the Picnic Reservation & Rules Form or call 1-877-OCPARKS

Park Information:
 Photo Gallery for Jakes Branch County Park.
 Click HERE for our trail rules.

See brochure listed above for our Trail Map