View from the Carranza Road bridge
Friendship Bogs are easily accessible from Carranza Road and East Sandy Ridge Road. In fact, just about every access road to the right for the next mile as you head south takes you directly to one of the bogs. Unfortunately, some of these road are overgrown, may be uneven and have deep puddles of water. A four-wheel drive vehicle is highly recommended, unless you plan on going in on foot.
On my November 22, 2008 trip out to the Pine Barrens I was determined to get to the main bogs. Initially I had planned to pass between through an adjacent bog close to Friendship, but I found the causeway blocked by high water. I located a better entrance on the Carranza Road s-curve at the north end of the bog system. From there I was able to walk along an access road that circumnavigates the entire bog area. Reference the markers on the map below.
The satellite image shows the sheer size of the main cranberry bog area. One thing is certain, there is a beauty in this place as it slowly reverts back to nature.
With no commitments of any kind, I took a spur of the moment trip to the Pine Barrens on January 1, 2009. It was bitterly cold, but I was determined to see a bit more of the main bogs than I had on the last trip. The access road at the end of the third bog quickly turned into an overgrown path that was nearly inaccessible. Unless you are a Ben Ruset-style bushwhacker, I would never attempt this during other months of the year. The typical hazards of ticks, chiggers and briars would be enough to discourage anyone from following this part of the path around the bogs.
My first view of the old bogs was on October 31, 2008. A short road off East Sandy Ridge led me to the point identified by Marker #1 on the map below.
A winter exploration of the same bog took place on January 22, 2011.
Another exploration of the lower bogs area took place on July 19, 2009. Part of the difficulty in reaching some of these bogs is due to the access roads and berms are overgrown from decades of disuse.
There was a certain beauty that I nearly missed in the swampy area between the bogs on East Sandy Ridge Road. As I was driving back from Alloway's Farm something caught my eye that was worth stopping for a better look. These shots were taken at Marker #2 on the map above.