The legendary "Blue Hole" of the Jersey Pine Barrens at Winslow WMA is a spring fed circular pool of water about 70 feet across. Unlike the brown tinted "cedar water" typical of the Pinelands, the water of the Blue Hole is crystal clear. Although traditionally described as "bottomless", the pool has a depth of about 12 ft. and a sugar sand bottom. Associated in legend with the Jersey Devil, the origins of the Blue Hole, and similar features elsewhere in the Pine Barrens, is still debated.
The well-marked trail to the Blue Hole is about a mile from the parking area at the former shotgun range off Piney Hollow Road and passes through prime Pinelands habitat. It will offer us an opportunity to view a rich variety of Pineland wildflowers and shrubs. Bring water and a repellant for insects, ticks and chiggers, is strongly recommended.
Participants who wish to car pool can meet at Timberline Shopping Center in Sewell, NJ at 9 am. Those who choose to go directly to the trail head should meet at the former shotgun range parking lot at 9:45 am.
Trip leader: Rich Dilks [masked])
Directions: Take the Black Horse Pike (Rt 42) south through Williamstown. At the traffic light at Geet's Diner, the Black Horse Pike becomes Rt 322. Continue south from Geet's Diner for approximately 8 miles to the traffic light at Piney Hollow Road. Using the hug handle, turn left ( east) onto Piney Hollow Road. Continue for about 8/10 of a mile and turn left onto the first available unpaved road. (If you cross the small bridge over the Great Egg Harbor River, you've gone too far.). Follow the unpaved road for about 500 feet to the parking area of the former gun range.