White Trail – Mount Laurel State Park – Mt Laurel, Burlington County, NJ
Distance: Lost the trail a bit, went 0.6 miles.
Difficulty: 4 of 10.
Total score: 3 of 10.
Terrain – Woods and a big ol’ hill
Trailheads –Trailhead is located in the parking lot of the old Mount Laurel Farmer’s Hall (currently the historical society) at the intersection of Moorestown – Mt Laurel Road and Hainesport- Mt. Laurel Road. It’s located directly behind the handicapped spot.
Standouts – One big ol’ hill
Markings – White trail markers. These are sometimes not in line with the trail, can be lost at some points, and head off through the woods at random with no sign of an actual trail at other points. Luckily, the park just isn’t that big.
Description: I used to drive past this park twice a week while working in Moorestown. I always admired the meeting house and the old grange hall, but ignored Mount Laurel from which the township gets it’s name. It’s not labeled, and if not for the state park signs on the trees, I would assume it’s green acres land. Because the temperature went down 2 degrees on Saturday (from a high of 306 degrees earlier in the week), I decided to check it out on my way home from a princess birthday party (seriously).
The park is tiny. It has no ranger station, no facilities, not even a sign board or a map, online or off. It’s not listed on the New Jersey state parks website. There is no website that mentions it really at all. Alas, you can still be its friend on facebook.
The trail starts in the parking lot. It heads left into the woods, paralleling the road. It’s a nice little patch of woods, but you can see the road and other houses all through the stretch. The trail then cuts back on itself and heads through more flat. It then takes a sharp left and heads up the “mountain” at an angle. It’s a healthy climb, especially when it’s 94 degrees.
There isn’t much a view at the top of this hill, but you will find a super tall radio tower. The trail kinda goes around it, I think. I’m not sure, I lost it again. The tower is cool though.
The trail goes downhill again where, you guessed it, I lost it. I then kinda found it. Then it went downhill where there didn’t appear to be any trail, so I walked ten feet further to the service road for the radio tower. The heads the rest of the way downhill to the parking lot.
Near the bottom of the service road, an unblazed trail splits off and follows the road past the Evesham Friends Meeting House. I followed this trail for a bit, but then turned back, as I had started this hot day with three swallows of hot car water. There is a little more of the park on the other side, I’ll have to stop next time I’m driving past and check out the other side.
Overall recommendation: By itself, not worth a drive. With the Farmer’s Hall and Meeting House to see right next door, worth a drive if you’re in the area. If you check it out and find trails on the other side, let me know!
Don’t miss in the area: the Farmer’s Hall dates from the 1860s and served for a long time as the town hall. Across the street is the Evesham Friend’s Meeting House. It dates from 1760 and once housed General Clinton’s redcoats during the Revolutionary War.