Warren Grove Recreation Area is an undeveloped wilderness perfect for hiking and birding. This 617-acre parcel is just west of the town of Warren Grove and straddles Ocean and Burlington counties. The land was acquired from the National Park Service in 1972 as part of their Federal Lands to Parks Program. Bass River State Forest administers this area.
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Open daily sunrise to sunset.
Warren Grove Recreation Area is open for passive recreation including horseback riding, bicycle riding, hiking, birding, hunting and nature/ecology study. A small parking area is being planned along Beaver Dam Road across from the Federal Aviation Administration’s tower site. Access into the recreation area is via several sand roads and old woods roads through the area but no marked trails currently exist.
The recreation area also is home to the federally endangered broom crowberry (Corema conradii) and other rare plant species. View the Dwarf Pine Plains habitat, a globally rare forest community, where the pitch pine trees reach an average height of only 4 to 5 feet.
The central region
of the Pine Barrens contains several areas of pine and oak
forest that resemble the surrounding forests with one major
exception: from a standing position, one can gaze over the
top of the tree canopy. The Pine Barren Plains, known locally
as the Pygmy Forest, contains trees that may attain a height
of only about four feet at maturity. New Jersey contains the
world's largest acreage of this globally rare forest community,
which can be seen within portions of Warren Grove Recreation Area. Many
researchers believe that this unique stunted forest ecosystem
is partly the result of the fire ecology of the Pinelands.
View the State Park Service areas open to hunting for 2011-2012.
Hunting is permitted in designated areas within the park and is subject to Division of Fish and Wildlife regulations.