Newton’s Landing Trail – Delanco, NJ

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Newton’s Landing Trail – Pennington County Park (sometimes referred to as Pennington Farm) – Delanco, Burlington County, NJ
Distance: 2 miles
Type: Out and back
Difficulty: 1 of 10.
Total score: 4 of 10.

Terrain – marsh, river, forest

Trailheads – Parking lot at  40° 2.326’N,  74° 55.999’W.  No trailhead at the other end, it dead ends at private property.

Directions: Located on Creek Road a short way from Bridgeboro Road.

Standouts – Nice views of Rancocas Creek.  Historic houses.

Markings – Yellow markers in the park.  Once the trail leaves the park, no markers, but almost impossible to lose.

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Map:
Pennington_lgNote: Another part of the proposed Rancocas Greenway Trail (along with Rancocas Point Trail and various other trails within the county parks).

Description:  “It is late summer in 1963, the peaches are ripe, and the three Russ brothers — StanleyHoward Jr. and Warren — are sorting and packing the day’s harvest…

Stanley Russ’s 92-acre farm, now home to Newton’s Landing and The Point, represented a much different way of life, one vanishing from southern New Jersey as housing developments sprout where once grew corn, peaches, soybeans and pumpkins. The Russ brothers are gone, along with Stanley’s 20-acre peach orchard and his 55-acre cornfield…. The agricultural history that began here in 1767 when Samuel Newton purchased a large tract of farmland ended with Stanley Russ’s death in 1995 at age 94.” ~ Joseph Busler (advertising the opening of an exhibit on the Russ Farm.)

On a lovely Good Friday, Danny, The Pres, and I set off to hike the historic Newton’s Landing Trail, which starts in Pennington County Park before heading out along the Rancocas outside the park.  It was a lovely 1 mile (one way) walk for the little guy to stretch his legs on.

You start in the parking lot at Pennington, then head out on the white trail, then right onto the Yellow Trail (which goes close by the playground).

From the parking lot.

From the parking lot.

You’ll have a short walk through the park, then cross a small, unpaved road which signifies that you have now left the park.

Road crossing.

Road crossing.

Not a bad view down the road.

Not a bad view down the road.

From there, the trail meanders through some love blooming trees, through a small swamp.

BIG tree.

BIG tree.

Nice trail.

Nice trail.

Some Spring color.

Some Spring color.

I love Spring.

I love Spring.

Who leads who?

Who leads who?

Gets a little wetter.

Gets a little wetter.

From the swamp, it curves behind a housing development to the river, which it follows past some old houses (including, I think, the Reed farm house).  It finally dead ends, with no access to a road, path, or parking.

Rancocas Creek.

Rancocas Creek.

Housing development.

Housing development.

I love Spring.

I love Spring.

Forget the housing development, keep your eyes on the river.

Forget the housing development, keep your eyes on the river.

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Nice tree.

Nice tree.

Old farm house.

Old farm house.

Finally, the trail dead ends.

Finally, the trail dead ends.

 

Backtrack the way you came, it’s nice in reverse too.  The rest of the park is supposed to have some nice viewpoints from the Green Trail.  We didn’t make it that far.  Why?

This is why.  The Pres highly recommends the slides.

This is why. The Pres highly recommends the slides.

Overall recommendation: Nice stroll.  The part of Pennington that WASN’T the Newton’s Landing Trail didn’t impress much, it was paved pathways for joggers and such (great if you live nearby, not worth driving to do alone).   Newton’s Landing Trail was worth a trip, especially with playground time at the end.

Nearby: Willingboro Lakes County Park is REALLY close, just off of Rt 130.  We quickly stopped to scope it out for a future hike and/or paddle, and I’m excited to head back there.

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