Hitting The Trails Of South Jersey With Michael McCormick


Did you ever want to know more about the man behind this very prestigious and worldly blog? Well, Chet over at Naturally New Jersey and I had a chat last Thursday night, and he did this very kind write up. Make sure to check out his blog for some great pictures of his own ramblings along the trails of South Jersey!

Originally posted on Naturally New Jersey:

Mike backpacking at Apple Pie Hill on the Batona Trail in New Jersey's pine barrens. (Photo/Michael McCormick) Mike backpacking at Apple Pie Hill on the Batona Trail in New Jersey’s pine barrens.
(Photo/Michael McCormick)

If you’ve enjoyed learning about cool places to explore right here in New Jersey from my blog, I want to take the time now to introduce you to another blogger who also covers the great outdoors of the Garden State. This week, I talked to fellow blogger Michael McCormick who has a blog called South Jersey Trails. Michael’s blog reports on cool places to go hiking in South Jersey. Since, you have enjoyed learning about natural places to explore in New Jersey from me, I thought you might enjoy learning about another New Jersey blogger’s experiences. Michael McCormick is 28 years-old and lives in Barrington, New Jersey, and here is his story about blogging for South Jersey Trails.

Michael, who graduated from Rowan in 2007, started his blog called South Jersey Trails in 2013. When his…

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Woodford Cedar Run Wildlife Refuge – Medford, NJ



Woodford Cedar Run Wildlife Refuge
6 Sawmill Road, Medford, NJ
Website – http://www.cedarrun.org/
Entrance fee – $5

A post by loyal reader Roger!

For those that follow us on Facebook, we’ve been sharing a lot of pictures taken by Roger, one of our loyal readers, who has gotten super into wildlife photography (and gotten good pretty darn quick).  Roger and I have struck up a regular correspondence, which mostly consists of him telling me about the awesome hikes that he’s done lately.  They’ve slowly been turning into trail reviews in themselves (which is great, because it gets me excited to go out to these places), so I figure, why not share them?

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Cold Spring Nature Preserve Trails – Marlton, NJ

Cold Spring Nature Preserve Trail – Marlton, Burlington County, NJ
Distance – We did 1.9 miles with the roadwalk back to the trailhead.  We missed a 0.9 mile loop trail.
Type – Loops and out-and-backs (or can make a loop with a road walk)
Difficulty: 2 of 10
Total score: 6  of 10

Note – One of our readers reports that there are trail hookups with neighboring Black Run Preserve.  Yay!

Website – http://www.rancocasconservancy.org/
Open – Sunrise to Sunset.

Terrain – forest, swamps, and old bogs

Trailheads –  39°51’2.20″N,  74°54’24.92″W (Braddock’s Mill Road)

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The Henry Ford: The Museum I’d Have if I was Absurdly Wealthy

Day 3 of our See All the Great Lakes Road Trip started on the shores of Lake Erie near Toledo, Ohio.  We were up and packed early, and soon crossed over to our home for the next week – Michigan.


Our first stop was historical in nature, River Raisin National Battlefield.

This was a crossroads of the War of 1812.  A brief battle in 1812 saw the British (Canadian) militia sent back toward their own lands.  The British and their Indian allies returned in force in January of the following year, routing half the American forces and forcing the other half to surrender.  The aftermath was worse, the British withdrew after taking heavy losses, and their Native-American allies moved in and massacred the wounded American soldiers.   For the rest of the war, cries of “Remember the Raisin!” inspired the American troops of the Old Northwest in their battles against the British and Native-Americans.

Today, the battlefield is a small national park property.  It features a nice little visitor’s center and a short hike around the battlefield with a few interpretive signs.


From there, it was about a half hour drive to our main stop for the day – The Henry Ford in Dearfield, Michigan.  Despite not having the word “museum” in the title (this is apparently the new hip thing in the museum industry), this is, in fact, a museum.  Actually it’s two museums – the inside part (“The Henry Ford”) and the outside part (“Greenfield Village”).  How did these museums come to be?  Well, Henry Ford (founder of the Ford Motor Company for those of you who just arrived in modern society after 150 years of absence) ended up with an obscene amount of money from his brilliant use of the assembly line to mass produce motor vehicles.  At the same time, he was worried that the small town America of his youth was slipping away.  The solution?  Build his own open air museum dedicated to small town America.  Henry Ford was not a man to do things halfway, so his newly christened open air museum Greenfield Village would use real buildings trucked in from all over the country, from one of the earliest remaining homes of the early colonial period (1630s) to the one room schoolhouse where he used to get punished on a regular basis for being a rambunctious kid.  You know you’re rich when you buy your old school and add it to your personal museum village!

Being a world-renowned innovator, he opted not just to gather old buildings, but also to celebrate some of the giants of American innovation by bringing in buildings tied to great advances in technology.  Ford moved the Wright Brothers bicycle shop, Edison’s original buildings from his Menlo Park facility, the original home of the Heinz guy who started the ketchup company, and more.  He even had the slave quarters where George Washington Carver was born reconstructed in the village… overseen by George Washington Carver himself.

What resulting is an amazing wonderland of history, impossible to duplicate.  This would be our first stop in Deerfield.

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Little Woods on Rancocas Creek – Moorestown, NJ


Little Woods on Rancocas Creek – Moorestown, Burlington County, NJ
Distance – Just about 1 mile exactly.
Type – Lollipop trail
Difficulty: 3 of 10 – little bit of ups and downs, a few small downed trees to navigate.
Total score: 5 of 10

Website – S.T.E.M – Save the Environment of Moorestown homepage
Open – Sunrise to Sunset.

Terrain – Small hilly area, forests, creekside swamp

Trailheads –  39°59’54.60″N,  74°53’24.05″W (right next to the deer crossing sign!)

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Our first Great Lake… Lake Erie


Another year, another crazy road trip for the family.  This time it was two weeks.  Our goal?  Sleep next to every one of the Great Lakes.  Since neither of the boys had ever seen a great lake, and my wife and I had only seen two each, this was a pretty lofty goal.

Our gear loaded up, we hopped into the car and sped west down the Pennsylvania Turnpike.

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Atsion in the Fall – Shamong, NJ

I spent last weekend with the Scouts, camping out at Goshen Pond as part of an open house weekend for the Cub Scouts.  We did the “A Walk Through Atsion” hike previously covered in this blog, only now featuring the colors of Fall.  It was a great day to be hiking, camping, and taking pictures, a triple threat.


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