Bass River State Forest/Lake Absegami Yellow “Poppy Allen” Trail
Carpeted in leaves
Quiet in fall/winter
Free parking off season
Cons: can be very wet in places
Mosquitos and Ticks in spring/summer
Weekends are packed with people in summer
People not policing after their dogs
This almost four (4) mile “easy” walk is just off Stagecoach Rd outside of Tuckerton, New Jersey and has plenty of parking off season, prepare for a whole different circumstance in the summer when campers, daily visitors, and beach goers (nice size lake with facilities at the park). The trail, one of many in the park, is extremely well marked and maintained by the New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife with bathrooms available mid hike as well as the start. Park is open dawn to dust however I have been here for moon-light hikes without any issues. There are also overnight camping, lean too’s, and cabins available with reservations. The trail can be found in the All-Trails app and gets a 4.3 rating from users.
Bottom line: Absolutely a beautiful trail in the New Jersey Pinelands and for many locals a go to location. This short hike gets two thumbs up from TIBS and has become her go to as well to strengthen her foot after five months of healing.