Pine Beach Boardwalk

(Riverfront Boardwalk)

The Pine Beach Boardwalk is a strolling Boardwalk nestled along the southern banks of the Toms River. It is known for its elevated dune grasses that thrive along the riverfront and its bluffs that provides majestic views of the river mouth.

The Pine Beach Boardwalk continues easterly to the New Jersey Avenue Pier. The
footpath continues easterly 5 blocks before ending at the Station Avenue Beach. However, only four short blocks south on Station Avenue connects to the extensive Pennsylvania Avenue Footpath along the old rail bed route.

Pavillion and Piers
Pine Beach Boardwalk

Pine Beach Boardwalk

The Pine Beach Boardwalk and Footpath features 3 Piers and 5 Pavillion along Riverside Drive. The Avon Road Pier features public boat slips. The 2 Piers at New Jersey Avenue and Henley Avenue are very large and each of them have a pavilion. Cedar Avenue and Station Road have modest pavilions and no piers.

Pine Beach Railroad attracts Tourists

In 1883 a 1,800 foot bridge was constructed to span the Toms River between Pine Beach northerly to Island Heights. A manual draw bridge opened 40 feet to allow boats to pass through.

The south end of the bridge was called the Island Heights Junction was located in Pine Beach adjacent to where Station Avenue, Riverside Drive, and Lakeview Court meet today. The tracks on the Island Heights side formed a way so the Train could turn around and return southerly to Pine Beach.

The bridge thrived until the 1920’s when the amount of passengers began to decrease. The last Train passed over the bridge in 1931 and it was dismantled in 1934. The Pine Beach Train Station was relocated to the east end of riverside drive.

It was the Railroad that first made the Pine Beach Boardwalk a hub of activity. The bridge thrived until the 1920’s when the amount of passengers began to decrease. The last Train passed over the bridge in 1931 and it was dismantled in 1934. However, the Pine Beach Boardwalk and Footpath continues to be enjoyed by residents and tourists alike.

About the Toms River

The Toms River is a 41.7-mile-long freshwater river and estuary in Ocean County, NJ. The Toms River rises in the northern Ocean County Pine Barrens and flows southeast and east, fed by several branches, before it empties into the Barnegat Bay.

The lower 5 miles of the river is a broad tidal estuary bustling with sailing, boating, water skiing, ice sailing, crabbing, fishing , marinas, yacht clubs, and even boasts a golf course. Several Riverfront Towns have a front row seat to all that the Toms River has to offer.

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