Pine Barrens Byway
Northen Loop

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The Northern Loop

The northern route is a rough triangle with its points at Tuckerton, Batsto and Oceanville. Two sides of the 
triangle follow the north and south banks of the Mullica River, while the third side follows the Shore route. 
The portion of the northern


The leg on the south side of the Mullica River, from Batsto to Smithville, includes the following segments:
Burlington County Route 542/Atlantic County Route 542
(Pleasant Mills Road)
Atlantic County Route 623
(Elwood-Pleasant Mills Road
Atlantic County Route 643
(Weekstown-Pleasant Mills Road)
Atlantic County Route 563
(Egg Harbor-Green Bank Road)        
Atlantic County Route 624
(Clarks Landing Road)
Mill Street, Port Republic City
Main Street, Port Republic City
Atlantic County Route 575
(Old New York Road)
Atlantic County Route 657

 

               

Mullica River/Great Bay from 7 Bridges Road                    Pink Lady's Slipper Orchid


The final leg of the northern loop follows U.S. Route 9 from Tuckerton to Great Creek Road in Oceanville, 
the entrance the Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge and the eight-mile Wildlife Drive. Between 
New Gretna and Port Republic, U.S. Route 9 merges with the Garden State Parkway, crossing over the 
broad estuary of the Mullica River and presenting spectacular views of the river and adjoining salt marshes. 
Some of the visitor sites and natural resources defining the northern loop of the byway route are:
Mullica River
Batsto Village (Wharton State Forest)
CrowleyÂ’s Landing Recreation Area
Batona Trail
Bass River State Forest (Wading River and the Lake Absegami Recreation Area)
Tuckerton Seaport Museum / Jacques Cousteau National Estuarine Research Reserve Exhibit
Great Bay Boulevard Wildlife Management Area (Seven Bridges Road)
Port Republic and the Port Republic Recreation Area
Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge
Noyes Museum    

           

                                         Batsto Mansion                        Sanderlings/Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge