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Good visit

Great place for a walk and to learn about the area. The cranberry bogs are all around the area... read more

Reviewed November 27, 2018
Toms River, New Jersey
Easy walking around

Flat hiking, some boardwalk across swampy areas. There is a numbered hike showing local flora such... read more

Reviewed February 6, 2021
Metuchen, New Jersey
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Reviewed June 25, 2016

First time here, went for the Blueberry Festival.
Great location, great history lessons, great music, awesome food selections.
Vendors were mostly local artists with fair prices and some great products.
Blueberry baked goods booth was worth the trip alone!
However, the parking situation was horrible.
You have to pay ten dollars to park a mile away down a sandy road and use the provided school busses to get back and forth. Problem is, there were only two and a half busses, causing you to stand in line in the hot sun for over a half hour waiting for the bus. Old people, families with babies and strollers, people with dogs and people with arms full of stuff they just bought do not board a bus quickly nor do they fare well in the heat and sun.
Not a good experience.

Date of experience: June 2016
1  Thank R D
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Reviewed June 8, 2016

We went for a day trip with our dog. There was nothing scheduled for visitors that day, so we walked about on our own. We walked inside the historic cabins as well as the general store. There we bought some blueberry jam and cold water. Restrooms are available too. While my husband sat on a rocking chair in the front porch, I walked down to the cranberry bog. My dog and I passed a pretty butterfly garden and walked on a short path covered with wood shavings.
There is probably more to do when there are scheduled activities, such as a blueberry festival in late June.

Date of experience: June 2016
Thank Joy O
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Reviewed May 24, 2015

Many folks in NJ are not aware of the scope of the Pine Barrens - 1/4 of the state is uninhabited pine lands. Whitesbog village is at the northern edge of the Pine Barrens, about halfway between Philadelphia and the shore. It is accessible by 'hardtop road' and well worth a visit. The drive on sand roads through the old cranberry bogs and past the site where Elizabeth White cultivated the first commercial blueberry is a remarkable experience. I've taken people from all over the US, Europe and South America there, and all have been amazed. Beautiful drive, and a well preserved turn-of-the-century village where the commercial blueberry was born (and cranberries are still grown). The general store is where I buy all my jams and jellies, not to mention books on the area and Jersey devil shirts. A great starting point to learn about the Pine Barrens, and an experience that you will never forget.

Date of experience: May 2015
5  Thank D R
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Reviewed May 4, 2015

Excellent general store with home made jelly and preserves. They also have historic nik-naks and plenty of classy souvenirs. It's a good trip to give your kids a little history lesson.

Date of experience: May 2015
Thank Ken_NJ_11islands
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Reviewed September 14, 2014

Make sure you get exact gps coordinates if you do not know where Historic Whitesbog Village is located. Our gps took us elsewhere, then we had trouble finding the place. We had to get out a paper map and on our way to crossroads, we passed the entrance. There are all variety of Whites Bogs and Whitesbog Roads in the area. It is all very confusing for an outsider.

We love historic places and this one was average. The general store is the highlight. We did not go during and event so the buildings were closed. There was a bit of modern day stuff around (plastic chairs, water bottles, building supplies) which detracts from the feel of yesteryear.

Their website advertised paths for biking, so we took bikes. However, there are soft sandy patches that almost threw us from our bikes unexpectedly several times. I don't recommend planning to bike there.

The abandoned bogs are home to a smattering of herons and egrets.

You can learn quite a bit about blueberries and cranberries at the site even without a guide.

Date of experience: September 2014
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