My wife is a member of approximately 43,000 moms organizations (might be a slight exaggeration), which is great. However, one buddy who’s a new dad was lamenting that there don’t seem to be many dad clubs out there.
Hence, a Dad-Kid hike! All dads/grandfathers/male guardians are welcome to bring their kiddos along for a hike at Crow’s Woods Nature Preserve in Haddonfield on Sunday, May 31! We’ll be hiking about 1 1/4 miles, which should take about an hour (Noon to 1 ish). A waterbottle and solid shoes are highly recommended.
Come on out and take in some nature while meeting some other local dads. Feel free to spread this around, all Dads-Kids are welcome!
If all goes well, this may be the first of many!
This being the internet age, there is (of course) a facebook event – Facebook event page. You can also e-mail me at email@example.com if you aren’t on facebook.
Back in 2013, two buddies and I set out to hike Maryland in four days. We did this mostly to enjoy our time on the trail, and didn’t do any big mile days, despite friendly terrain. Our trek could be done in three days pretty easily by pushing through where we stopped the last night (heck, thru-hikers are know to do this stretch in one day to complete something called the Maryland Challange), but take your time and enjoy this really nice stretch of trail.
Check out Maryland AT Day 1 for background info on this one
START – Ensign Cowall Shelter
FINISH –Rocky Run Shelter
DISTANCE – 15.5 trail miles (about 16.6 miles for the day)
Day 2 was our longest day, 15.5 miles is a stretch at any time. However, this was probably also my favorite day on the trail – big views, big history, and big miles. This is also the one day that I warn you about – 15.5 miles (more with side trails) is a lot to take on. We had more than 100 miles of backpacking under our belts in the previous four months, and we had really nice weather in the low 80s, pretty much a perfect situation for us. There are plenty of options to cut this day shorter to play it safe, and you won’t be disappointed if you get to spend a few hours at Black Rock Cliffs or Annapolis Rocks because you plan an eight mile day and have some time to kill.
Mount Misery Trail – Brendan T. Bryne State Forest (formerly Lebanon State Forest) – Woodland Township, Burlington County, NJ
Distance: 8.5 trail miles for trail. With the connection to complete the loop, it’s around 9.75 miles.
Type: Horseshoe shaped trail. This trail must be completed as a loop though, using the Cranberry Trail and Batona Trail.
Difficulty: 3 of 10 (a few spots with tricky footing, sugar sang, molehills, or tricky trail blazing)
Total score: 8 of 10
Website – Brendan T. Byrne State Forest (formerly Lebanon State Forest)
Open – Sunrise to Sunset (unless camping overnight).
Terrain – Pinesland forest, swamps, old bogs
Trailheads – East trailhead (next to Pakim Pond) – 39°52’51.77″N, 74°32’0.99″W
West Trailhead (connection with the Cranberry Trail) – 39°53’13.19″N, 74°32’53.23″W
Old Bog Trail – Whitesbog Village, Brown’s Mills (Pemberton Township), Burlington County, NJ
Distance: With the road walk to complete the loop and some garden wandering, 0.6 of a mile.
Type: a “U”. Can be completed as loop by walking down the road past some nice houses.
Difficulty: 1 of 10
Total score: 6 of 10
Website – Whitesbog Preservation Trust
Open – Sunrise to Sunset. General store open Saturdays and Sundays, 10 AM to 4 PM, February to December.
Terrain – bog, swamp, mixed forest, and native plant garden.
Trailheads – 39°57’35.77″N, 74°30’33.90″W
Go to the big info sign to the right of the general store.
Look for this sign directly behind the big one. The first number is on the small pond across the street from the parking area (catty-corner from the general store).
I SAW A FOX!!!!!!!
Piper’s Corner Preserve – Shamong, Burlington County, NJ
Distance: No official listing, but I did 1.4 miles and missed two cut through trails
Type: Loop with some offshoots and cut throughs.
Difficulty: 2 of 10 (trail tricky to follow in places).
Total score: 1000 of 10 (because I saw a fox.)
Total score (minus fox siting): 3 of 10
Website – Rancocas Conservancy
Open – Sunrise to Sunset
Terrain – Pine forest
Trailheads – 39°49’55.05″N, 74°46’11.58″W
Look for “No Motor Vehicles” sign
Appalachian Trail – All of Maryland! – Pennsylvania Border to ATC Headquarters(Harper’s Ferry, WV) – Backpacking Day 1
Type: One way
Hours: Open 24 hours
Distance: End to end is 41 trail miles, with another few in West Virginia and a bit of extra walk down to the PA border. With side trips, we did about 44 miles.
Difficulty: 5 of 10.
Total score: 10 of 10 (Maryland AT score)
Resource – Appalachian Trail Guide to Maryland and Northern Virginia – 2008 Edition – Appalachian Trail Conservancy. I can’t recommend carrying a trail map and guide enough, it will help keep you on track and point out important things… like water sources.
Terrain – forests, ridges, fields, and awesome.
Taylor Wildlife Preserve – Cinnaminson, Burlington County, NJ
Distance: Officially listed as 1.5 miles of trail (on the original property). There is at least another mile of trails in the part we did, which was added later as preserved open space. We did 2 miles out and back and didn’t touch the parts west of Taylor Lane.
Type: Loop, but we ended up doing an out-and-back.
Difficulty: 4 of 10.
Total score: 4 of 10 (lost points for trash).
Website – Friends of Taylor Wildlife Preserve
Open – Sunrise to Sunset
Terrain – swamps, harbor, and Delaware River.
Trailheads – 40° 1’34.12″N, 74°59’5.50″W
Behind the sign.