"The Gateway to the Pines", Jakes Branch County Park offers both active and passive recreation opportunities. The Jakes Branch Nature Center highlights the beauty, history and natural surroundings of the Pine Barrens through informational exhibits, live animals and environmental programs. Breathtaking views of the surrounding Pine Barrens forest can be taken in from the observation deck perched 5-stories atop the nature center. Jakes Branch County Park also offers families the opportunity to picnic, play sports, visit the playground, walk the discovery playtrail or hike and bike our 8+ miles of nature trails.
The nature center staff offers recreation and environmental education programs, both free-of-charge and for a nominal fee, through our quarterly Parks and Recreation Program Guide/Newsletter. Group programs are offered free-of-charge to groups including: schools, scouts, clubs, churches, and civic organizations located within Ocean County. Arrangements can be made in advance by contacting the nature center.