I grew up in No . Jersey , South of Asbury is the Pines to me ! A lot has changed , they have built up in certain areas .Wall , in general does do a good job of preserving open space .Its' actually only 1 of 2 "Preserve America" municipalities in NJ . I spend a lot of time @Allaire , Shark River, Manasquan Reservoir and out @ Turkey Swamp .I'm thinking of trying Double Trouble down in Ocean over next 2 weeks.I used to live in Wall a long, long time ago.
It's not the Pines, but Southern Monmouth has a lot of really nice wooded rural areas, especially around Allaire.