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Cloverdale Farm County Park, Barnegat NJ

In Late 2004, the Ocean County Natural Lands Trust purchased the 80 acre tract of land known as Cloverdale Road Farm in Barnegat. This property is tucked away off West Bay Avenue, and with the onslaught of "adult communities" approved by the Pinelands Commission in this eastern area of the Pine Barrens, is a much needed and appreciated measure to assure conservation.

Once a working cranberry farm, this area is a haven for nature lovers. Wildflowers, birds and yes, even cranberries are here, all for great photo opportunities. . . but remember to take nothing but photos, leave nothing but footprints! (and cranberries, if you want to traverse the bogs!)

The Homestead
Ed. note: on March 1, 2010, this historic building burned to the ground. Ocean County authentically reconstructed the building and today it is open as an interpretive center.
Old Work Barns. These are being renovated by Ocean County Parks Carpentry Staff.

Sharpening Stone

Doe and her fawns
The Bogs
Cranberries (Vaccinium macrocarpon)
Meadow-beauty (Rhexia virginica)
Swamp Loosestrife (Decodon Verticillatus)
Arrow-head (Sagittaria engelmanniana)
Bushy Aster (Astor dumosus)

Lady's Thumb (Polygonum persicaria)

Cloverdale Farm is located on West Bay Avenue (Route 554), east of Route 72 and west of the Garden State Parkway, at the end of Cloverdale Road in Barnegat, which is just west of the traffic signal at West Bay Avenue and Mirage Boulevard. (Don't "Google" it; the streets are mislabled!)



The Pine Barrens is becoming a popular tourist destination. It offers history, nature, boating, camping, fishing, swimming, and most of all, peace and tranquility. It's important to families who live here, whether for a few years or many generations, that our peace and tranquility be preserved.A local lawyer or doctor won't look any different than his neighbor who works the land. Thousand dollar suits aren't what impress people of the Pines - taking care of nature and fellow man is what matters. To that end, it is important for you to know that as a visitor to our precious Pine Barrens, you should show respect for the flora and fauna, for the historical buildings or their remains, and show respect for the "locals". Walk and drive gently. Treat our Pine Barrens as you would want a visitor to treat your own home town - and your own family. Thank you.

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