Check out Fall Foliage on the
Highways and Byways in South Jersey
Beautiful fall leaves are at their peak in South Jersey, so
it's a perfect time to head out and drive the Scenic Byways of the Pine Barrens. Get a good local map to map out
your trip. We took the Southern Loop and
the next day the Great Egg Harbor Loop.
Our next trip will be the Mullica River
Loop- Smithville-Port Republic-Sweetwater-Batsto-Green Creek- New Gretna in
Atlantic and Ocean County.
There are some good restaurants along the way that I will mention later.
Take time out of your busy life to enjoy the beauty around us. Go to my blog
for comments and questions. http://jerseyshorejournal.blogspot.com
Check out for peak
foliage in the Northeast: http://www.weather.com/outlook/driving/fallfoliage/regiondetail/nj1?from=from_ff_reg_txt
More about the Pinebarrens Byways: http://www.pinebarrensbyway.org
Cape May/Cumberland County
The Southern Most Loop takes you up Rt. 50 in Seaville, (Dino's
Diner, great food) to Rt. 49 in Tuckahoe.
Make a left on Rt. 49, (you'll go over the new bridge). After DiLuzio's farm
make a left on 548, then a left on 605. Then make a left on 550. You are now in Belleplain. If you have extra time you may want to turn right (Down
a bit) into the Belleplain State Forest and see the lake. Or else stay on 550 into
the town of Woodbine. At the light in Woodbine 550 goes left and
then turn right down Woodbine-Ocean View Rd(550). Stay on 550 (You will pass the Woodbine State
School and (further down on your right will be the Beef n Bear Tavern, a great
place for some food. The Camppark next door is home to the $89 Million Lottery winner)
then you will see Dennisville Rd. 610 at the light. Make a right on Dennisville
Rd. Travel along until you reach Dennisville enjoying the leaves along the way.
When you get into Dennisville,
you will see many historical houses. (On Dec. 19 will be their Christmas
Historical House tour, a lot of fun!) 610 intersects with Rt. 47 at the light.
Make a right on Rt. 47. You will pass Dennisville Lake on your right.
If you have time take Rt. 47 north to Port Elizabeth. Don't go on Rt. 347, take the scenic Rt. 47. You
are near East Point Light House, (not
open) if you want to Google it) But on 47, you will pass Bayside Prison and when
you get into Port Elizabeth check out the Maurice River Diner on the left. (After
347 reconnects. It was packed when we went past)
If you want to explore Millville stay on Rt. 47, or else turn onto Rt. 548 which will take you back to 49. I
must say there was nothing on Rt. 548. Really the middle of nowhere! But it
gets you back where you started. When you hit Rt. 49 turn right and it will
take you to Rt. 50 turn right. (Over an hour ride)
Another great loop is the Great Egg Harbor River Loop. Beautiful leaves as well!
Start at Rt. 9 & Mays Landing Rd. 559 in Somers Point. Go west on Mays
Landing Rd. 559 all the way into May
Landing. This is a nice road with beautiful leaves. You will get some nice views of the water. (Before
you get to Mays Landing you will see Sugar Hill Subs on the left, a great place
to stop.) When you get into Mays Landing turn left at the light. You will pass The Sugar Hill Inn on the left, a dressy
place, so I would make reservations if you stop here. The next light turn left 559 the lake will be
on your left. There is a parking lot on the left if you want to stop for
If not proceed to Rt. 50/40
light and make a left. Past the McDonald's at the light is Rt. 50. Turn left
and this will take you all the way to Rt. 9 in Seaville, about 20 min. ride. (On the left you will pass Atlantic
County Park. In Corbin City on the right, you will pass The Buck Tavern and L's
Restaurant . Both great restaurants.) Take Rt 50 (you will see more colorful
leaves) to Rt. 9 North (left) will take you into Marmora. Make a right on Roosevelt Blvd and take the Parkway North back
to Somers Point. (Over an hour ride)