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Bass River State Forest

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Rusty S wrote a review Oct 2020
Pottsville, Pennsylvania65 contributions34 helpful votes
I camped at Bass River State Forest's campground and had a pleasant experience.It was quiet,unlike many of the private campgrounds I've stayed at in New Jersey and the price was right for a tent site( Open year round. Fee: NJ Resident $20 per night; Non Resident $25 per night.)Due to alcoholic beverages being prohibited you dont get loud partying going on.I also stayed at one of the shelters for three nights(Fees: NJ Residents: $48 per night; Non Residents: $60 per night)and are roomy for two people.I kayaked on Lake Absegami and came upon turtles,wildflowers,and a white cedar forest.Dying to come back.
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Date of experience: July 2020
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Carol S wrote a review Nov 2019
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A perfect day spent walking the trails and enjoying the sites , nature at its nest , a must do for fall .
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Date of experience: November 2019
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Catherine Moss wrote a review Sep 2019
Montrose, Pennsylvania, United States90 contributions28 helpful votes
We have gone to Bass River State Park for over 40 years. You can hike, swim, relax, meditate, enjoy nature up close and personal. The Pines are famous for the sugar sand that is natural to the area.. Many native birds and fowl are seen ...this is a haven for Plovers, Sandpipers, Merganzers and others. Tuckerton Seaport a national treasure is 5 miles or less in travel, they have a living history museum and duck carving demonstrations during the year. Long Beach Island is about 25 mins from park on Parkway. Atlantic City is same...
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Date of experience: August 2019
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ken j wrote a review Aug 2019
Manalapan, New Jersey647 contributions252 helpful votes
Our church group stayed here in a group camping site. The site was very nice, but the pit toilet nearby was disgusting and had not been cleaned for a long time. We drove to a real bathroom at the individual camp sites. The park is nice, especially the lake. I went to the nature center, but it was shuttered and overgrown with weeds.
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Date of experience: August 2019
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AJH wrote a review Aug 2019
Neptune, New Jersey1 contribution5 helpful votes
I'd love to offer a comprehensive review of Bass River State Forest, their camping facilities, recreation activities, and restroom conditions... but I didn't actually make it past the park office. So instead, I'll give you my experiences with Bass River State Forest's park office, and with their fine staff. Planning a birthday weekend camping trip, I had settled on Bass River State Forest. I've never been there before, but the site layout looked good, the proximity to the lake and hiking trails was nice, and it was set off from civilization enough that I wouldn't be hearing people on crotch rockets tearing up the road at 3AM (I'm lookin' at you, Atsion Family Campground). Based on this, I booked well in advance, online: me and my girlfriend and our tiny dogs. I uploaded their vaccination documentation and licenses to the online booking site, paid, and received a confirmation. All seemed to be going great. We arrived around 6PM on Friday, after driving six hours through awful traffic and nonsense detours from Maryland. I was surprised and happy to see that the park office was still open, so I walked on in, ready to finally get my weekend started. "It says here you've got dogs," the lady behind the counter said. "We'll need to see vaccinations." "Yeah, no, I uploaded that when I reserved." "No, you didn't," she corrected me. "There's nothing here." I argued that I had, actually, attached them when I reserved, but she cut me off and pointed to her computer screen. "See, if there was something uploaded, there'd be a PDF that I would print out." No biggie, I thought: I have the actual PDFs that I had uploaded on a USB drive! Crisis averted! I informed them of this. "That won't be good enough," she said. "It has to be the original paper signed by the vet." "Er... but if I had uploaded them when I registered, what would you have done then?" "Printed out the PDF." "And that would have counted?" "Of course." "But... but this is the same PDF," I argued pointlessly. "This is what you'd be printing out if it had been attached. Like, it's the exact same file." She explained that I simply wasn't going to be allowed to stay that night. If they made an exception for me, they'd have to make it for everyone. If I wanted to drive six hours back to Maryland, wait 'til morning to get the documents from my vet, and then drive six hours back, then that would be fine, and I could enjoy the three hours or so remaining on my reservation. I asked if it would be okay if I went somewhere that had a printer, printed out a copy of the paperwork, and then brought them that. I was told that also was not good enough: it had to be an original document, signed by the vet (though I don't know how uploading the things would've been acceptable under those conditions either, but whatever. Logic left this story a long time ago). I explained that we'd driven six hours... I'd be happy to have my vet fax them a copy or something as soon as possible but I'd hate to have to abort after driving all that distance. She proudly informed me that they had just turned away someone from Connecticut for just the same reason, and those people had had to drive home, too. At this point, I'd had enough: I cancelled our reservation, got back $60 of the $109 I spent (they charge you $50 to cancel, of course), and drove six hours home. I've been reading reviews all day now, many of which are similar, or even worse, than what I went through... so while I'm happy that I'm not alone in this experience, I wish I'd read some reviews before deciding to waste my vacation time driving around in a circle. I won't be trying that mess again.
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Date of experience: August 2019
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