Explore the most popular trails in Brendan T. Byrne State Forest with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Formerly known as Lebanon State Forest, visitors are greeted by the fresh scent of pines. Today's forested acres are a strong contrast to the barren, cleared land that existed in the 1800s. The Lebanon Glass Works was established in 1851 and was successful until 1867, when it shut down after depleting the supply of wood necessary for the furnace to operate. Today, hikers can follow the sandy trails and roads that crisscross the forest, sometimes passing near the remains of stone or brick structures or where large depressions indicate the location of what was once a bustling town. Pure, iron-rich streams flow through acres of swampy land covered with dense stands of Atlantic white cedar.

There are 2 trails, 1 paved, the orange trail, and 1 dirt, the green trail. Missed the markings at the turn just before rt 72, but got back on the road further down. Beautiful ride, some major pot hole dodging, but will go again! Also using the map direction took us to Cooper Rd... Don't go there... It's Buzzard something Road...

over grown
1 month ago

although we used tick preventing spray before hiking, the two of us and our dogs left covered in small brown ticks (barely noticeable at first). Use caution.

The trail has pleasant lakeside views for about a quarter of a mile. Trail crosses the main road and can be hard to follow at times.

Typical pine barrens hike.. so-so. Had to take asphalt roads several times to get back on track. ALSO, beware of hunter trails- they lead nowhere and had to double back adding miles to hike.

over grown
4 months ago

over grown
4 months ago

Nice hike, all different trail paths- dirt, sand & pavement. Have a form of navigating as some spots/turns are marked great, others not at all. Overgrown in a lot of different places- a ton of ticks. Parked at Pakim Pond picnic area-plenty of parking spots bathrooms were clean. The ponds are so pretty. Some open areas so use sunscreen or a hat if needed. Nice park, trail needs some maintenance but overall it was a nice hike!

Very well maintained trail. Directions sometimes not so well indicated. Easy walk though long, we had almost 15 miles with small error half way. It took us 4 hours to complete.

on Mount Misery Trail

washed out
6 months ago

Great look into the pine barrens. Unfortunately the last time I went there was a section on the western side where it's completely washed out. Maybe passable in the warmer months if you don't mind getting wet but I wasn't about to try in March

great pine baron hike

Went counterclockwise from Pakim Pond parking Lot. Trail was well marked. When the trail crossed a paved road there was spray painted information like arrows pointing to where the trail went back into the woods. There were also clear markers there also. We did not do the whole trail but walked down some roads to cut our hike shorter to 8.5 miles. We also ran into a river running across the trail near the lakes on the western side so we turned back to Forest Road and then a left onto Coopers Road back to the parking lot. It had rained the night before, but this was the only place we ran into an impassable trail. The trail is typical Pine Baron scenery and topography (flat!), but it was nice and quiet. There is a beautiful stand of Cedar trees on Buttreworth Road which is part of the trail, and a bathroom nearby at the crossroad, which I did not expect, nor need, but I peeled inside and it was clean.

Great pine barren hike, it was a wet hike but we could have taken the green trail around but we didn’t.

My favorite, so many memories walking the trails and camping. Love this forest

Great trail, a few areas need better blazes but a good January walk in the woods !!

Nice trail but it’s poorly marked and in some areas poorly maintained you just have to pay attention on the loop back towards Pakim pond very nice elevation changes though

Monday, November 21, 2016

better than pavement....

Kinda boring. All flat and not much to see. Enjoyed the pond

The trail mentioned here is called "Mount Misery Trail" (white blazes) it is 8.5 miles and to make a loop you have to complete the trail using the Cranberry Trail (red blazes) adding 1 mile making the loop 9.5 miles. It is a good hike with little in the way of difficulty; a few wet spots, some loose sandy soil, and some roots that make one spot a little hard on the ankles. But if you can handle the distance, this is a fairly easy hike. There are also other options for shorter hikes from the same place. You can pickup a trail map at the Park Office to the left of the front door, (outside the door).

mountain biking
Monday, November 03, 2014

I enjoyed a nice ride from the office parking lot, along the Cranberry Trail to Pakim Pond, where I picked up the Mt. Misery Trail. I waited till a cold fall day, to avoid the dreaded chiggers and ticks that plague this area. The trails were mostly nice for riding, though there were several sandy sections. Overall these were few. Leaves and pine needles covered much of the sand. Some sections were very closed in with branches and vines, but this didn't last long. There are no hills, despite the name Mt. Misery. Once you get deep into the forest, it feels very lonely and secluded. Overall a nice woods ride, not many obstacles. If you start/end where I did, it's about 12.5 miles.

Thursday, March 27, 2014

NJ Pine Barrens - nice scenery!

We parked in the lot at the park office and took the blue connector trail to the Batona. We then took the Batona to Pakim Pond where we got on the white Mt. Misery Trail. We were going with someone that has never hiked before so decided to use orange (road) bike path to cut across to the end of the Mt Misery trail. Met up with the Cranberry Trail and took that back to the lot. Was a fantastic trail, absolutely beautiful, pretty easy but you can cover some good mileage.

mountain biking
Thursday, December 26, 2013

Great for riding on pavement, gravel/dirt combo, or sand. All skills levels will find their riding niche. In the summer you will have to contend with the insects and it can be distracting, but the rest of the year is more than acceptable. Weekends will find more competition from motorized bikers so take that into consideration. I have found all of the drivers to be courteous. One constant...there is always some new.area to explore!

We parked in the Pakim lot thinking that was the start of the trail. Went around the pond in about 1 minutes so we followed the Botona trail for a few miles then backtracked and completed the loop on the blue (?) trail back to the lot. Easy terrain but that in the Pine Barrens.

mountain biking
Thursday, January 05, 2012

Fun place to bike. It seemed like the amount of trails were endless! The kids enjoy the trails too.

I did a solo hike this morning on the Batona Trail. Great 10 mile trail. But i wish they had more signs for the office. When I was finishing i came to a fork in the trail and had to use the map on my phone to see where i was. The trees are clearly marked and very visible. I loved how quiet it was, made for great alone time.

actual address 103 shinns rd woodland twp nj 08088 537 monmouth to 206 s rt 70 east comes to rt 72 east (1 mile) make a left at brend burn sign

The trail is well maintained...and wide enough to walk with a partner. Thick mass of trees, just coming into bloom. We took the short trail, than drove over to Pakim Pond. It was worthy of a picture, we will return in the fall for the longer trail, I think 6 miles.

13 days ago

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