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Black Run Preserve Trails – Evesham, NJ
Distance: 6.5 miles of trails.  My “regular” loop is 2.5, but I’ve done 7 1/4 miles in one go there.
Difficulty: 2 of 10.
Updated: July 11, 2017

Terrain – Woods, wetlands, old bogs.
Map – Updated Map (now with interaction!)
Website –blackrun.org
Well done, informative promotional video – Sure, why not

Trailheads – Multiple. We used the one at Kettle Run and Borton’s Roads – 39°50’45.43″N, 74°53’57.03″W. You can get in on other spots on Kettle Run Road, as well as through the King’s Grant neighborhood.

Entrance on Kettle Run Road.

Entrance on Kettle Run Road.

Directions: From Route 73, turn onto Braddock Mill Road (at Kresson Lake near the Voorhees/Evesham border). Drive down Braddock Mill Road. After the small pond on your right, turn right onto Tomlinson Road. Make an immediate left onto Braddock Mill Road (not a typo). At the first intersection, curve to the right onto Kettle Run Road and park on the side.

Parking: Spots for five or six cars just off Kettle Run Road.

Markings – Colored markers on trees – blue, green, orange, purple, red, and yellow on one side of Kettle Run Road, and black on the other side.

Thanks yous –  the Friends of the Black Run Preserve do a great job developing and maintaining this place.  Want to help out?  They meet monthly at REI on Rt 73 in Evesham.

Description: This  park in Marlton, NJ was suggested to me by Mark when I first started up this blog. .   I took my son and a few of my Scouts out to check it out a few years back.  I loved it so much I’ve been back three times.  The first three times, I followed pretty much the same route.  This last time, James and I (we’ve been trying to hike together for years) hiked pretty much every section of trail in the place, and it was great despite on-again-off-again rain.

Right from the start, I’ve been impressed with how well blazed the trails were.  More recently, signposts with little maps have been added at all of the intersections to help you get your bearings (I still got turned around twice this last time).

For a nice hour walk (2 1/2 miles), I suggest walking in on the green trail, across the bridge to the junction of the blue and red trails. (I’ll share some looks  at the other trails afterwards).

I always feel welcome.

I always feel welcome.

Entrance on the green trail.

Entrance on the green trail.

Nice views right away.

Nice views right away.

Red trail to the right.

Red trail to the left.

What we did is make a loop of the blue and red trails.  We started heading up the blue trail, which follows a dirt road through the preserve.  It will cross the red trail, then the white trail, then the red trail again.  Follow it to the second crossing of the red trail.  This will be pretty much a straight shot through the preserve, and will give you a chance to see some nice scenery.

We took the blue trail.

We took the blue trail.

View off the blue trail (its a few steps off the trail on the right. Look for the boards to get the right spot).

View off the blue trail (its a few steps off the trail on the right. Look for the boards to get the right spot).

Blue trail.

Blue trail.

Blue trail.

Blue trail.

Blue trail.

Blue trail.

Marsh.

Marsh.

IMG_9644When you hit the second crossing of the second trail, you’ll make a RIGHT turn onto the red trail.  This will also follow a road for a bit, until it hits an old cranberry bog.

Switched to the red trail.

Switched to the red trail.



The trail will then turn right into the woods and follow the edge of the bog.  This is a trail trail, not just an old road.   It’s pretty easy to follow, except one or two spots where blow downs make the trail the tiniest bit confusing.  Don’t panic, just look ahead for the next marker and you’ll be fine.  The red trail will loop around through the woods with some nice water views until it crosses the white trail.  The white trail seems to go both ways, the red trail is slightly hidden to your right.  Again, it’s well marked.  From here, the red trail will will keep going, crossing the blue trail again before stopping at the original red/blue trail junction that we started at.

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What else is there to see?

The “tail” of the red trail that’s not covered above:

This small section of trail (out-and-back) goes through the fields,then down through the woods to a dead-end.

Across the fields.

Across the fields.

Through the woods.

Through the woods.

Dead ends at a mess. I really need to stick trash bags in my pack.

Dead ends at a mess. I really need to stick trash bags in my pack.

Blue/White/Yellow Trails (to complete a larger loop) – You can also follow the Blue Trail all the way around until it hits the road.  Note that on the map, it hits the road.  In reality, the trail blazes stop at a dirt road.  Don’t panic, just turn right and walk down the dirt road until you hit the pavement at Kettle Run Road.

End of the blue trail blazes. No dumping!

End of the blue trail blazes. No dumping!



Turn right and walk down the dirt road.

Turn right and walk down the dirt road.

You will arrive at Kettle Run Road. Walk a very short distance and you can turn right onto the White Trail.

You will arrive at Kettle Run Road. Walk a very short distance and you can turn right onto the White Trail.

Once you hit the White Trail, you’ll go a short distance to the Yellow Trail.  It’s worth walking down the Yellow Trail (another dead end trail) to see the old bogs on either side.

White Trail looks inviting.

White Trail looks inviting.

Yellow Trail.

Yellow Trail.

Bridges are always a good sign.

Bridges are always a good sign.

I love this place.

I love this place.

Purple Trail:

When glancing at the map, you may wonder why the purple trail would even be there?  The answer it, because it’s awesome.  Walk down it and you’ll get some more bog views and cross a great little bridge.

Between the Red and Blue Trails, the Purple Trail is nothing special.


Between the Red and Blue Trails, the Purple Trail is nothing special.

Between the Blue and Orange Trails, it gets special.

Between the Blue and Orange Trails, it gets special.

I love this place.

I love this place.

Big thanks to James for exploring the preserve with me!

Big thanks to James for exploring the preserve with me!

Black Trail (other side of Kettle Run Road):

Beautiful new sign board on this side of the road.

Beautiful new sign board on this side of the road.

Nice, big bog on this side.

Nice, big bog on this side.

End of the line. There is more preserve on the other side, future site for a bridge?

End of the line. There is more preserve on the other side, future site for a bridge?

And there is already a new 2 1/2 mile bike trail here since I last updated.  Getting better and better all the time.

The Good

Peaceful woods, old roads, large bogs and marshes.

The Could Be Better

None at all.

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I LOVE this place. I would not have expected such a nice, secluded spot so close to Evesham and Voorhees. There is a lot of work that’s been put into this place, and I know there is a lot more that they have planned. I’m excited to see what happens! We’ve been back many many more times, and we'll keep going back.

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20 Comments
  • Mark
    May 23, 2013 at 8:35 am

    I’m glad you enjoyed Black Run. It will only get better now that the Black Run group is in place to maintain things. You are right, this is a lot more for you to explore on both sides of Kettle Run Rd. Hopefully I’ll see you out there while mountain biking.

    Regards,
    Mark

  • April 27, 2014 at 11:02 am

    I live in the Sanctuary off Hopewell, about 1.5 miles to the Black Run Preserve and decided to take a little run to the trails 2 days ago. Up until then I had only heard a few things about the trail, that it was a pretty short loop, mainly used by dirt bikes, and the only info I had was the trail map from REI. I drive by the trails all the time in my route through Kettle Run, so I decided to start around the Fellowship Alliance Chapel entrance. Well, let me say that I was not expecting what I experience. The was an elaborate trail system, most consisting of moguls, probably used by bike and ATVs, but with several off shoots, and very extensive such that I got lost about 4 miles into the trails, and when I looked down at my gps, I was no where neaer where I started. Altogether I loved the run, even thought I had to run mostly on moguls. Would like to help out mapping out the trails a little better more like what we had in Philadelphia on the Wissahickon Creek. Hopefully we can work together to make this a nice spot for us trail runners.

    • April 27, 2014 at 1:12 pm

      Sounds like a good time! I know that Friends of Black Run Preserve is adding trails all the time, and trying to cut down on the trail riding and dumping that has gone on since long before the land was preserved. I know they are always looking for help with the Preserve, they have their monthly meeting at REI in Marlton – http://blackrun.org/

  • Joey Boy
    May 1, 2015 at 6:24 pm

    I found out about Black Run on line. I was not aware of it. I visited today and enjoyed what nature has to offer there. I’ll be returning soon to see more. Just off of busy 73, yet very serene and beautiful.

  • Natalie
    June 15, 2015 at 2:04 pm

    This was a beautiful hike, thanks for the review! We didn’t quite prepare well enough for the bugs and it has been quite humid out the last few days so we didn’t get as far in as we would have liked, but I will make this one a part of our regular rotation.

  • Lee Yeash
    September 14, 2015 at 10:20 am

    I found the black trail and was totally confused. There were markers everywhere! For it being a very short trail, we ended up doing close to 6 miles trying to figure that one out. I’m a little nervous to go back.

  • October 19, 2015 at 8:25 am

    Thanks a lot for sharing details of such beautiful trails with me. I am up for hiking anytime and I was actually looking for a new trail to hike and came across your page. Thanks once again!

  • Tim Gerrish
    November 8, 2015 at 5:25 pm

    I may have misread your comment about the end of the red trail where the now gone fire pit was, but did you know the red trail extends about a mile out and ends in a cul-de-sac of sorts and loops back?

  • January 16, 2016 at 1:40 am

    A new interactive trail map for mobile devices is now up and running for Black Run Preserve. There are over 30 QR codes on trail marker posts throughout the preserve or you can find it at blackrun.org/map

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