Rancocas Point Trail – Mt. Laurel, NJ

Well built fence.

Rancocas Point Trail – Mt Laurel, Burlington County, NJ
Distance: 0.5 miles (1 mile out and back)
Type: Out and back
Difficulty: 1 of 10.
Total score: 3 of 10.  But with lots of future promise.

Terrain – March, woodlands, and suburban developments, all along the waterfront

Trail heads – Parking lot at Carucci’s Restaurant –  39° 59.832’N,  74° 52.574’W.  If facing restaurant from the parking lot, trail head is on the left side of the building.

Map: Awesome map

Directions: 876 Old Centerton Rd, Mt Laurel, NJ 08054

Standouts – Nice view of Rancocas Creek.

Markings – None, but almost impossible to lose it.

Description: Park at Carucci’s Restaurant, the trail head is to the left side of the building.  The trail is made of crushed stone dust, so it very easy to walk.

Trail head at the patio at Carucci's.

Trail head at the patio at Carucci’s.

Crushed stone dust apparently looks like this.

Crushed stone dust apparently looks like this.

This trail is a half mile out, following near the edge of Rancocas Creek the whole way.  It’s not exactly a wilderness trail…

... no kidding...

… no kidding…

but it has some nice views.  Think of it as a half mile down payment on the proposed Rancocas Greenway Trail, a 25 mile trail that would connect the various parks along the southern side of the Rancocas Creek, like Boundary Creek (less tan 1 1/2 miles away), Rancocas State Park, Long Bridge County Park, and others.  All in all, that would create one of the longest trails in New Jersey, all within 15 minutes of my apartment (I’m sure that was a large consideration when they planned it).

Anyway, the trail heads away from the delicious smelling food, along a fence behind some nice homes.

Well built fence.

Well built fence.

You’ll soon hit a nice viewpoint, complete with bench.

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From the bench, you’ll walk down an extremely well build bridge, which leads behind another development..

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Viewpoint on far side of the bridge.

Viewpoint on far side of the bridge.

Happy hiker.

Happy hiker.

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All too soon, the trail comes to an end near Parker’s Creek..  I definitely look forward to the day where they can extend this trail just over a mile to join up with Boundary Creek.

Ending far too soon.

Ending far too soon.

View from the way back on the bridge.

View from the way back on the bridge.

Overall recommendation: Nice, short walk, perfect for a day like today where it wasn’t very warm.  Can be combined with many nearby parks for a longer day out.  As I said before, I hope they do manage to pull off the connected trail system one day!

Last, but not least, a cute toddler.

Last, but not least, a cute toddler.

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5 responses to “Rancocas Point Trail – Mt. Laurel, NJ

  1. Lori Brooks

    Do you know what route the trail will take after Boundary Creek Park?

  2. I do not, but I’m curious as to the plan!

  3. Decided to have our anniversary lunch at Carlucci’s cause I wanted a venue with water view. Also, wanted to even briefly enjoy the beautiful day. Went right to the best resource I know for outdoors in sj. And sure enough, you had this trail! Thanks Mike!

  4. Pingback: Little Woods on Rancocas Creek – Moorestown, NJ | South Jersey Trails

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