Wednesday, April 20, 2016

Double Trouble State Park

I am a big fan of the Pinelands (AKA The Pine Barrens) and as the weather warms up, you might want to visit some of the state parks that are in that area.

The property that makes up Double Trouble State Park was purchased by New Jersey in 1964. Besides recreational opportunities, it afforded a way to help protect the Cedar Creek watershed.

The Double Trouble Historic District was placed on the State Register of Historic Places in 1977 and on the National Register in 1978.

This park, located in Lacey and Berkeley Townships, offers visitors a great place for a simple walk, bicycling and horseback riding on the easy trails and sand roads throughout the park. The Double Trouble Historic District has a self-guided, marked 1.5-mile loop nature trail and several miles of unmarked paths along sand service roads. Nature trail guides are available at the trailhead next to the cranberry packing house and at the park information building.

There is no entrance fee.

Cedar Creek offers canoeing and kayaking opportunities. Cedar Creek from Bamber Lake to Barnegat Bay runs approximately 9 miles.

There are 8,500 acres in this Pine Barrens ecosystem which was once the site of cranberry bogs. Going back to the Civil War, Atlantic white cedar swamps were cleared and converted into cranberry bogs and into the early 20th century, the Double Trouble Company ran one of our state's largest cranberry operations.

Cranberry harvest at Double Trouble State Park - photo by George Mar

You can take tours of the historic Double Trouble Village which was associated with cranberry agriculture as well as earlier Atlantic white cedar logging and milling.

The interesting name of the area supposedly comes from a time when beavers and muskrats were gnawing holes in a dam on the mill pond. On a day when two leaks were discovered simultaneously at the site, a worker is said to have exclaimed "There's double trouble."

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