Growing up and going to elementary school here in New Jersey, there are a number of things that I remember learning about the Garden State that for some reason have stuck with me well into adulthood.

I remember, for example, that New Jersey's state bird is the Eastern Goldfinch, and the fact that our home state is one of the country's top cranberry producers has been lodged in my mind for a long time, too.

Having grown up mostly in Central Jersey (yes, there is a Central Jersey, but that's a whole different topic) I had no idea what a cranberry bog actually looked like, but since I've lived in Ocean County for the last two decades, historic Double Trouble State Park has become a favorite of mine, and I've driven past plenty of modern cranberry farming operations in my travels.

With fall now upon us and October being National Cranberry Month, Ocean County Parks & Recreation have introduced a perfect fall activity for the whole family, The Historic Cranberry Trail.

Encompassing four stops, The Historic Cranberry Trail loops from Whitesbog Historic Village in Browns Mills, to the aforementioned Double Trouble State Park, down to Cloverdale Farm in Barnegat, and over to the home of New Jersey's Cranberry Festival in Chatsworth (Burlington County).

Ocean County Parks & Recreation even put together a handy map that you can print out and bring with you that includes information about all of the stops as well as suggestions for places to grab a bite to eat, shop, and more.

Here's the map so you can check out The Historic Cranberry Trail with your family this fall:

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