Opening Day – April 9, 2022!
Welcome back to another season with Pinelands Adventures! We are excited to open on April 9th with our self-guided paddle trips and new guided programs.
Our team has been busy in the off season with many trainings including NOLS Wilderness First Aid, American Red Cross CPR/AED, ACA Paddle Instruction, and a fun chainsaw safety program to assist in keeping our rivers clear and our guests in good hands. We also hired longtime driver Monica Cahill for our new fulltime position, Operations Lead. Her role consists of heading up maintenance of our fleet of boats and vehicles, yard supervision, creating new guided content, assisting in training and daily procedures for our seasonal staff, and continue to be role-model driver and guide for Pinelands Adventures. We welcome Monica to her first season in her new role!
What’s New in 2022
Guests will be delighted to hear we are bringing back popular guided programs like the John McPhee tour, Ghost Towns, and Industries Tours sprinkled throughout the season and Cranberry Tours this October. Guided ecology paddles and hikes continue and we added new guided lake and sunset tours. In June, July, and August we offer canoe and kayak instruction for those that want to learn or develop skills under the guidance of our certified instructors. New programming includes Beaver Ecology, Nature Journaling, The Forks Historical tour, Nature Rx, Maritime History, monthly night hikes or sunset paddles, overnight paddle trips, and new hike locations.
Self-guided trips are available Fridays through Mondays and reservations are required as trips sell out in advance. We hope to expand our hours of operation at some point this season, staff permitting.
We offer boat rentals/delivery to guests at Atsion Family Campground and Goshen Pond Campground. For overnight reservations at the Mullica River Wilderness Campground, guests must book a campground reservation on NJ State Parks website before calling us to book boat and transportation support. We can offer support for Thursday through Sunday night reservations at this time.
We are hiring seasonal drivers/guides. Learn how to apply.
We continue to clean and sanitize vehicles and equipment daily and have masks available to all guests who opt to use one on vehicles where distancing is not available. Masks are optional for all riders and subject to change based on public health emergency suggestions. Guests are strongly encouraged to postpone their trip if they are not feeling well. Cancellation policies remain with 24-hr notice for a reschedule or refund.
This year we are enforcing a last pick-up time of 5pm for all self-guided trips with a fee for guests that are not accounted for by 5pm. Weather delays or cancellations are made either the evening before or the morning of your trip depending on local weather reports and river conditions. If a high wind event occurs, we may close to visually inspect and clear the river before reopening to the public. Especially after storms, river conditions may not be suitable for novice paddlers and children. We can help you rebook when conditions are more favorable. We allow well-behaved dogs to join our self-guided paddles but dogs are not permitted on any guided programs. Some trip locations do not allow pets and we want to keep distractions for the guide and guests to a minimum. Every participant must complete the online waiver and children must be 6 years and older to participate in any of our programs.
To reduce waste and printed materials, we placed all of our trips, calendars, scheduling, and registrations online. We highly encourage you to sign up for our Adventures E-Newsletter and follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter for operation updates, weather closures/river conditions, newsletter member invites, theme paddle weekends, guest speakers, and Pinelands community events. We look forward to a brand-new season! We hope you join us on the river! Remember, all members of the Pinelands Preservation Alliance receive 10% off their trip or program. Apply the discount at checkout.