of the best ways to enjoy the Pine Barrens is a canoe trip down one
of the rivers that meander through the pines. I went with three friends
on a perfect July day and had a wonderful experience that I intend to
rented two canoes for a three-hour trip from Hawkins Bridge to Evans
Bridge. Organization was perfect - the only disappointing part was right
at the beginning. Water levels were low, so we had to walk our canoes
for a few minutes to get to deeper waters, but for the most part, we
were able to paddle except for the few times when we got stuck on a
hidden sand bar.
Wading River is easy to navigate; it has a slow current and not too
many turns. Occasionally fallen trees both in and out of the water need
to be circumvented, but it adds fun to the trip, and even if the canoe
tips, the cool water is refreshing! Only once did we opt to portage
our canoes, but it was only a ten-yard trek. A small dam was also on
our route. We jumped out and led the canoe over, but re-boarding was
a bit tricky and some boaters (who shall go unnamed here) ended up rather
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scenery is gorgeous - huge pines, cedars and oaks; birds singing; the
clear brownish red cedar water of the river - and even with the large
number of canoes on this holiday weekend, there were many times we were
the only sign of humanity in this vast forest as we quietly glided through
passed Wading Pines Campground, where campers were lazing in the water
with their rafts, and one floating camper told us about the many amenities
of the resort - pool, kids' activities, recreation and more.
the way were many sandy areas, one of which we pulled up to for a rest
and to have our lunch.
our trip came to an end, we sadly beached our canoes and within a few
minutes were transported back to our point of departure. It was a wonderful day out!
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