ABOUT THE PARK: Jakes Branch County Park - Ocean County, NJ Parks & Recreation
GPS Coordinates 39.929279, -74.214299
Park in the Nature Center parking lot.
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Jakes Branch County Park Trail Map
The online map does not show the white-blazed .2 mile long Swamp Spur but this is shown on the printed maps in the kiosk.
Distance can be added by connecting with additional sand roads in neighboring Double Trouble State Park
The trail starts at the kiosk at the end of the parking lot closest to the nature center.
OPTIONAL: If you want to make the hike longer, a right turn on Pine Street takes you out of Jakes Branch County Park and into Double Trouble State Park on a network of unmarked sand roads covered with pine needles. Note that this area of Double Trouble State Park is for hunting so only try this section on Sundays during hunting season. There is a power cut in this area that is heavily littered with broken glass and beer cans.
Although the roads along the power cut would bring you to Pinewald-Keswick Road to cross over to Mill Pond Reservoir and the cranberry bogs at Double Trouble State Park, none of the sand roads were passable due to swamps covering the roads.
I did manage to get across this swampy section on a different sand road only to have the road end in a loop.I've seen old cars in the woods before but this is the first time I have seen boats.
Back on the blue Tinday Trail, turn right on the white-blazed Swamp Spur at 2.45 miles.
The white spur trail ends at a creek. Retrace back to the blue trail, turn right and head towards the visitor's center.
[ 0.00] Start at the kiosk at the end of the parking lot closest to the nature center; right at fork
[ 0.10] Cross Tamarack Road (sand road)
[ 0.20] Cross Chestnut Street (sand road)
[ 0.40] Cross Daisy Road (sand road)
[ 0.95] Cross red-blazed Spruce Street (sand road)
[ 1.10] Cross Sugar Sand Road (sand road)
[ 1.30] Cross Pine Street***
[ 2.65] Turn right on white-blazed trail; cross foot bridge
[ 2.85] White trail ends at creek/swamp; retrace back to blue trail
[ 3.05] Cross foot bridge; turn right on blue Tindey Trail
[ 3.35] Cross two bridges
[ 3.80] Cross red-blazed Spruce Street (sand road)
[ 4.00] Arrive back at parking lot