Parvin State Park – Elmer, NJ

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Parvin State Park – Elmer, Salem County, NJ
Distance – 15 miles of trails in the park (we did 3 miles on the Parvin Lake Trail)
Type – Web of trails (we did a loop on the Parvin Lake Trail)
Difficulty: 2 of 10
Total score: 8 of 10

Website – Parvin State Park Official Website
Open – Sunrise to Sunset.

Terrain – flat swamp and woods

Trailheads –  39°30’38.41″N,  75° 7’58.49″W

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10 Awesome Things to do in South Jersey this Summer!

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Memorial Day and warm temperatures FINALLY arrived, hooray!  With that, we have good and bad news.

The bad news – The Pres, Tree Rider, and the whole gang here at South Jersey Trails will be abandoning you for pretty much the whole summer, for the Rockies are calling and we must go.

The good news – we’re leaving you with a list of ten awesome things to do this summer, because there are so many awesome things to do in South Jersey in the summer.  Such as….

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Hammonton Lake Park/Smith Conservation Area – Hammonton, NJ

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Hammonton Lake Park and Smith Conservation Area, Hammonton, Atlantic County, NJ
Distance – 2.2 miles
Type – Two loops connected by a short road walk
Difficulty: 1 of 10
Total score:  6 of 10

Website – Hammonton Parks and Recreation
Open – Sunrise to Sunset.

Terrain – Lakeside forests

Trailheads –  39°37’46.75″N,  74°47’17.37″W (starting at the trail sign near the beach)

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Across the Roof of New Jersey – Day 3 – Pochuck Shelter to Wawayanda State Park

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Backpacking Across the Roof of New Jersey – Day 3 – Pochuck Shelter  to Wawayanda (Hewitt, NJ)
Type: One way (either direction)
Hours: Open 24 hours

Distance: 12.2 miles (11.7 on the AT), 26.1 trail miles total, and maybe another mile in side trails  (3 days)
Difficulty: 9 of 10.
Total score: 10 of 10

Terrain – Mountains, forests, swamps, streams, fields, cows, and cows

Trailheads –
Start – Pochuck Shelter – roughly –  41°16’5.60″N,  74°30’31.72″W
End – Northern Trailhead (side trail at parking atea to the AT) –  41°11’53.75″N,  74°23’50.32″W

Parking – Parking available at Wawayanda and High Point State Parks.  At each park, you must register with the park ahead of time to overnight park.  Offices closes at 4 PM, so plan accordingly!

Standouts: Huge variety of trail conditions, Vernon Boardwalk Trail, “Stairway to Heaven”, amazing views including Pinwheel’s Vista.

Markings – The famous white blaze.

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Memorial Day

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Memorial Day began shortly after the Civil War as Decoration Day.  It was a day to remember those Union Soldiers who died during the War Between the States.

But the 1900s, it had morphed into the holiday that we know it as today, Memorial Day – a day to remember all Americans who died in the service of their country.  Every Memorial Day, tens of thousands of volunteers across the nation fan out across the cemeteries of the United States, marking the graves of our servicemen and women with a United States flag.

This morning, as we do each year, my scouts fanned out across Berlin Cemetery to help the VFW place flags.  This year was special for my family, as Tree Rider was able to help out for the first time.

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Last week, as I was standing at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier in Washington Square in Philadelphia, I took special notice of the words carved into the lid of the tomb –  “Beneath this stone rests a soldier of Washington’s army who died to give you liberty.”  Today, before the barbecues and parties (ours starts in a few minutes), take a moment to reflect on that man and his brothers and sisters before and since who’ve made that ultimate sacrifice.

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Across the Roof of New Jersey – Day 2 – High Point Shelter to Pochuck Shelter

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Backpacking Across the Roof of New Jersey – The Appalachian Trail from High Point (Sussex, NJ)  to Wawayanda (Hewitt, NJ)
Type: One way (either direction)
Hours: Open 24 hours

Distance: 12.6 miles (12.4 trail miles on the AT) (26.1 trail miles total, and maybe another mile in side trails  – 3 days)
Difficulty: 7 of 10.
Total score: 10 of 10

Terrain – Mountains, forests, swamps, streams, fields

Start – High Point Shelter – 41.31575,-74.65725
End – Pochuck Shelter – roughly –  41°16’5.60″N,  74°30’31.72″W

Parking – For our parking and shuttle plan, see our Day 1 plan

Standouts: Vernie Swamp, beautiful views across fields

Markings – The famous white blaze.

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Across the Roof of New Jersey – Day 1 – Set up and High Point

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Backpacking Across the Roof of New Jersey – The Appalachian Trail from High Point (Sussex, NJ)  to Wawayanda (Hewitt, NJ)
Day 1 – Set up and High Point Parking Area to High Point Shelter
Type: One way (either direction)
Hours: Open 24 hours

Distance: 2.7 miles (1.7 on the AT) on day 1.  26.1 trail miles total, and maybe another mile in side trails  (3 days)
Overall difficulty: 7 of 10.
Total score: 10 of 10 (this section – 8 of 10)

Terrain – Mountain!

Set up information:

Trailheads this trip – Southern Trailhead –  41°18’9.33″N,  74°40’3.90″W (Hikers lots on Route 23 in High Point State Park)
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High Point Shelter – 41.31575,-74.65725
Pochuck Shelter – roughly –  41°16’5.60″N,  74°30’31.72″W
Northern Trailhead (side trail at parking atea to the AT) –  41°11’53.75″N,  74°23’50.32″W

Parking – Parking available at Wawayanda and High Point State Parks.  At each park, you must register with the park ahead of time to overnight park.  Offices closes at 4 PM, so plan accordingly!

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Hiker parking lot at High Point State Park.

Standouts day 1: High Point monument and viewing platform before the monument

Markings – The famous white blaze.

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