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Forked River, New Jersey is an unincorporated community located in Lacey Township. It lies within Ocean County, and covers 10.3 square miles, of which nearly 74% is water. It is located on Route 9, south of Toms River, and has a population of over 5,200.
Though Lacey Township has a number of similar unincorporated communities, many residents of Ocean County refer to the entire township as Forked River. It is locally pronounced with two syllables on the work “forked’, i.e. “for-ked”. The township covers 98.5 square miles. Much of the land area is west of the Garden State Parkway and is undeveloped. 95% of the residents of the township live in Forked River and Lanoka Harbor.
Lacey Township includes part of the Pine Barrens, with pine and cedar forests, as well as gravel quarries. The eastern edge constitutes part of the Jersey Shore and Lacey Township is the northernmost community to be part of South Jersey and the Jersey Shore.
Lacey Township, New Jersey was incorporated in 1871, taking lands from Dover and Union Townships. It was named for John Lacey, a Revolutionary War general. It is the second largest township in Ocean County.
Lacey Township has been home to a variety of industries throughout its history. In 1969, the Oyster Creek Nuclear Generating Station opened, and has become and remained one of the largest employers in the country. It is the nation’s oldest operating nuclear power plant, and generations 9% of the state’s electricity. The plant is scheduled to close in 2019.
The 1979 Pinelands Act served to divide Lacey Township, along the Garden State Parkway. To the west, lay the Pine Barrens. This unique biosphere has a variety of forests and wetlands that provide a home to a variety of plants and animals. The commission created by the Pinelands Act controls the development of this land, and keeps development in the eastern 1/3 of the town.
Ocean County, New Jersey, is one of the fastest-growing areas of the state. It was established in 1850, and is located 50 miles east of Philadelphia and 70 miles south of New York City. Atlantic City is nearby, only 25 miles away.
Ocean County attracts many visitors with its famed seaside communities including Seaside Heights, Long Beach Island, and Point Pleasant Beach. Six Flags Great Adventure is also within Ocean County. This includes the Six Flags Wild Safari, which is the largest drive-thru animal safari in the country.
Ocean County is served by a variety of roads including the Garden State Parkway and I-195. There is also a railroad route operated by the New Jersey Transit, with service to Penn Station in New York City.
Forked River, NJ is an unincorporated community that serves as the identity for the larger township of Lacey County. With the Pine Barrens to the west, the Atlantic Ocean to the east, and a wide variety of industries nearby, Forked River offers its residents a little bit of everything. With easy access to Philadelphia, New York City, and Atlantic City, Forked River is really in the center of it all.