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Cowan Nature Preserve – Medford, NJ
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Very overgrown and difficult to follow.

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This is a rough one, but I like an adventure. I need to come back at some point without the kids and give it another try.

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Cowan Preserve – Medford, Burlington County, NJ
Distance – ???
Type – ???
Difficulty: 9  of 10 – Too overgrown to follow the trail with the kids after about 100 yards.
Total score: 1 of 10

Website – Rancocas Conservancy
Open – Sunrise to Sunset.

Terrain – swamps and woods

Trailheads –  39°53’38.87″N,  74°49’8.62″W – next to preserve sign

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Directions – Along Chapel Ave



Parking – Along the side of the road

Dog friendly? Maybe
Stroller friendly? No
Benches? No

Standouts – N/A

Markings – Yellow diamond markers nailed to trees

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Description – It was a typical workday last Spring.  I met my wife at her job so that we could trade the kids.  Then, as we often do, it was off to look for a hike.  We ended up here.  Yay!

Found the trail right next to preserve sign, yay!

And, after approximately 16 inches, had to bushwhack.  The two year old revolted within 100 yards, thus ended the hike.  And I don’t blame him at all.

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Trail?

If anyone has managed to do more than this, or follow the markers deeper into the woods, please share in the comments section!

Overall recommendation – This is a rough one, but I like an adventure.  I need to come back at some point without the kids and give it another try.

Nearby – We were sad we couldn’t hike here, but we went the nearby Medford WMA and had a nice little hike

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