"The Pine Barrens cover nearly one-fourth of New Jersey. Located smack in the middle of the state, this remarkable wilderness area is home to some fifty-four threatened plant species and thirty-five threatened wildlife species. Underneath this vast area of pitch-pine forest, cedar swamps, marshlands, and tea-colored rivers in the Cohansey Aquifer, a huge, seventeen-trillion-gallon lake.
It's possible that the lake contains some of the purest water in America, say scientists. Much of the Pine Barrens is under federal and state protection from development and land abuse. The area is sparsely settled, and the towns found in the heart of the Pines are hardly towns at all anymore. Most contain few residents-and even fewer buildings. Some area actual ghost towns. Because of the lack of people in the Pines, there are very few paved roads. Those roads are ideal for bicycle riding, though, and two-wheel touring is a great way to experience the Pine Barrens. Things to see: Wharton State Forest, Batsto Village and the Richards' Mansion, Mullica River, Wading River, Pine Barrens Forest."