The Blue Hole is one of the most mysterious areas of
the Pine Barrens full of legends about the Jersey Devil pulling people in,
drowning's, and myths of it being bottomless. It sits in an area full of
wetlands and swamps. There are bridges crossing various streams, trails
and the area is mainly used by hunters. The area has a little bit
different of an ecosystem then the rest of the pine barrens.
Over the years locals told the children not to
play in it cause the water was freezing cold and rumor has it once you
went in it was hard to get out cause of the muddy banks. I did not see it
being difficult to get out as others claim since the hole is about 100
feet across and surrounded by trees.
A story was told about a Henry Beck took a team
of scientist out here with a large weight and long cable line to find out
deep the Blue Hole was. It was said the cable went all the way down until
it ran out then more cable was attached but it turned out to be bottomless
no matter how much cable was attached. Some say a mile of cable was used
others say a crane was brought back here to conduct the experiment whether
this is all true who knows that is what makes the whole Blue Hole
When we first started our hike we ran into a man
and his son off roading in his Jeep. He has been out here dozens of times
and never found the Blue Hole. But then we hitched a ride with another
local who showed us it. Its really not that hard to find but other bodies
of water can easily be mistaken as it.
What makes the water so strange in the Blue Hole
is that its crystal clear water their is no cedar water or rather water
with a brown tint found here. Most of the water in the Pinelands is a murky
brownish color. The egg harbor River runs about 50 feet away from the Blue
hole is murky brown yet the Blue Hole is not. The water no matter what
time of year always remains a constant chilly temperature. Even in July
the water is much cooler then other bodies of water nearby or
There is also an old bridge which is collapsed
nearby at the end of the dirt road to the Blue Hole. Across from the river
is a giant sand dune hill leading off deeper into the Pine Barrens. The
area is said to be full of wild fierce dogs and home to the Jersey Devil.
Some say the devil drinks from the water here. There are more signs of
humans then a cryptid as you see beer bottles, torn clothing etc
surrounding this oval body of water which is about 130 feet across.
Then I read that the Blue Hole was an old marl
pit excavation site that filled with water. The marl is a blue/greenish
bright color. There is one in Birmingham also. In the late 1800's it was
very popular after that the hole was used for fertilizer. One thing is for
sure the Blue Hole existed over a century ago. Over those year some people
have drowned here even broken their necks trying to dive in.
While others say its a marl pit others say its a
natural artesian spring. The water being so deep blue and cold is where
the bottomless rumor started however with it bubbling their was signs that
somewhere in it their was an artesian flow. Other say its a
prehistoric site where a meteorite had struck. The reason they say the
bubbling of the spring has stopped is that the lowering ground water
levels reduced the pressure that once churned the sand bottom to keep the
Below is an article about the Blue Hole which
appeared in the newspaper think my fans and the curious will find it very
interesting. Speaking of the Blue Hole I found another one hidden out near
some foundations out in the Pine Barrens that one I was told may be the
real blue hole. That hole was bright green and we stuck a large tree limb
into it and there was no bottom so who knows.....that is what makes the
Blue Hole one of the Pine Barrens greatest myths.
Some Say The Blue Hole You See Above Is The
Real One You Decide
Getting to the bottom of the
myths of the Blue Hole in the Pine Barrens
Friday, February 7, 2003
By DANIEL WALSH
They say the Blue Hole's bottomless.
Surrounded by quicksand.
Created by a meteor crash.
Filled with water blue as the sky itself, quite unlike the murky brown
cedar water elsewhere in the Pine Barrens.
It's been called the Bottomless Pit of Beelzebub and the Jersey Devil's
Bathtub, where swimmers insisted they felt a hand come up from below and
grab their legs.
All this over a pool of water about 130 feet in diameter just south of
the Great Egg Harbor River.
Ever wonder if any of it's true?
Tony Scriviani did.
"It's not really a lake," Scriviani said. "It's a hole. It
water. Here in the Pine Barrens, we usually have cedar water. They say
that this hole is deep."
Seekers of the strange here often relay a story about a group of
scientists who some years ago dropped a huge weight with a long line of
cable into the middle of the pool. Supposedly, the cable kept going down
until it was all fed out. So, they dropped more cable. Same thing
The thing is, that story's as apocryphal in 2003 as it was in 1937 when
the late South Jersey historian Henry Charlton Beck first put it into
print in More Forgotten Towns of Southern New Jersey.
Joe Gionti, 87, a member of the Williamstown Historical Society, never
took a dive into the Blue Hole, but he remembers it well.
"Children were forbidden to go into that water for two reasons,"
Gionti. "One, there was no bottom. Two, there were demons in
The science, however, is quite different.
According to Richland natural historian Mark Demitroff, the Blue Hole in
Monroe is one of numerous such blue holes in the Pine Barrens. There are
also blue holes in Newtonville and Egg Harbor Township, each with its
own folklore. The science is something unique to the Pine Barrens.
"Blue holes are places in or near streams where large amounts of
under pressure upwell," Demitroff said. " They shoot up like a
They're large springs."
Most water in the Pine Barrens, at least when the weather' s warm,
appears brown and murky and is called "cedar water" locally.
take iron from marl, a type of heavy soil, near Marlton and turn it to
rust, Demitroff explained. The warmer the temperature, the more active
the bacteria will be, and the rust color will be produced in the water.
Because blue holes' water comes from so far below ground, the water
temperature stays relatively constant, about 55 degrees year-round,
Demitroff said. The bacteria is less active in cooler water and doesn't
turn the water brown. As a result, the clear water reflects the sky.
And what swimmers thought was the Jersey Devil grabbing them from
beneath the surface was really just the frigid water.
"You were always told never to swim there because you would cramp up
sink like a stone," Demitroff said. " Suckholes would come up
These days, the only thing close to the Blue Hole is a shooting range
off Piney Hollow Road. The remnants of a bridge over the Egg Harbor
remain, about 50 feet from the Blue Hole.
The best way in is a dirt road off Piney Hollow Road, leading northwest
into the Winslow Wildlife Management Area. Hike in three-fifths of a
mile and follow blue trail markers, and you'll eventually come to the
A crew from the Courier-Post made the pilgrimage Jan. 29 amid a drifting
snowfall. Elsewhere, the Delaware and Schuylkill rivers froze over in
spots. Children played hockey on ponds in Medford. Temperatures had been
below freezing for days.
The Blue Hole had no ice on it. Neither did the Egg Harbor.
The hole wasn't blue this day. But it wasn't brown. Rather, it appeared
crystalline green at many parts. You could see the bottom, where odd
Measured at several spots from a canoe in the center of the lake, the
Blue Hole rang up at no more than seven feet deep. Demitroff blames
urbanization and agriculture for this, saying the Pine Barrens have been
drying up for years.
As for the quicksand, Bill Witcraft, who runs the Auto Express shop on
Piney Hollow Road, said he has towed many cars from the side of the Egg
Harbor opposite the Blue Hole. They all sink in the sand.
But no, it's not quicksand, he says.
And no, there's no Jersey Devil around here.
At least not that anybody's seen lately.