One of my favorite hikes in NJ is Pakim Pond in Brendan T. Bryne State Park. To get to Brendan T. Byrne State Park, you take Route 72 East. Turning into Brendan T. Byrne State Park, you’ll see signs for Pakim Pond. You can park at the front and walk the 3 miles to Pakim Pond or there is a parking area too. To drive and get to the parking lot of Pakim Pond, you’ll take a paved road (Coopers Road) followed by sand roads covered in pine needles.
Pakim Pond is a beautiful spot in the NJ Pine Barrens with plenty of pine trails, sandy trails, and cranberry bogs. When people think of New Jersey, they don’t think much about the Pine Barrens. In fact, most people don’t realize the Pine Barrens exist! I’ve run and hiked Pakim Pond so it’s a fairly flat and smooth surface covered with pine needles. If I lived closer, I would probably run again at Pakim Pond.
During the spring and summer, there can be several ticks so I always caution people to watch out in the Pine Barrens. At Pakim Pond, the signs are vague so make sure you know the trails well. Since I’ve been a dozen times, I don’t typically have an issue but if you have never been to Brendon T. Byrne State Park, I advise you to download a trail map from Alltrails.
You can start at the front of Brydan T. Byrne State Park or start the hike from Pakim Pond. Most of the hiking and running is on the Batona Trail. There are plenty of trails in Brendan T. Byrne State Forest from the Cranberry Trail to the Misery Trail White and the Mount Misery Trail (Mt Misery Trail). Plus at Pakim Pond there is a parking area, park office, and picnic areas.
We decided to park at the front and walk over to Pakim Pond, around, and back. In total it was about 6-7 miles of easy and flat terrain. It’s easily runnable, which I have done but we just wanted to go out for a nice walk.
Many years ago, I even ran a race here.
You can see all of the hikes here.
Questions for you:
What is one of your favorite spots to hike?
Locals: have you been to Pakim Pond or Brendan T. Byrne State Park?