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Eagles’ Walk – Camp Hill – Vincentown, Burlington County, NJ
Distance: 1.7 trail miles.
Type: Interlocking loops
Difficulty: 1 of 10.

Terrain – creek, woodlands

Trailheads – Small parking lot at  39° 56.236’N,  74° 45.203’W

Trailhead is next to the board.

Trailhead is next to the board.

Directions: Located between 30 and 52 Mill Street in Vincentown, NJ.

Look for this if driving from Main Street. It's just on the other side of the 2nd bridge.

Look for this if driving from Main Street. It’s just on the other side of the 2nd bridge.

Standouts – Rancocas Creek, lots of birds, woodlands

Markings – Nifty fleur-de-lis markers (white or blue, depending which trail you are on)

Trail markers.

Trail markers.

Map: NOTE: This map includes the White Trail only!  The newer Blue Trail is not on here!
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My map: NOTE: Ignore that straight line in the middle of the map, it is not a trail.  The upper loop is the blue trail.  Stupid GPS.
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Description: Welcome to the Eagles’ Walk.  To start, you will probably not see any eagles on this walk.  Rather, the name refers to the top rank of the Boy Scout Program – Eagle Scout.  Well done to Troop 31 of Vincentown for doing such a great job with this trail!




To all my loyal readers – If your son is not a Boy Scout, what are you waiting for? Click beascout.org and find a local Boy Scout Troop or Cub Scout Pack.  (Dear BSA – while a stated purpose of my blog is to exchange product pitches for loot, you can have that endorsement for free.  Love, Mike – Scoutmaster & Eagle Scout, 2000)

Anyway, you’ll be hiking through a Green Acres property in part of town that used to be known as “Camp Hill”.  I wasn’t sure from the sign why it was called that, but there is a great pictures at the signboard of Civil War veterans posing on this piece of land during a reunion gathering.  The trail is very well marked, very well laid out, and – for those of you (like me) that have trouble identifying any tree that isn’t a pine tree – has lots of labeled trees.  Start off down the straightaway.  Don’t worry, the buildings will be out of sight very soon.  To the right is the old mill raceway (you knew it had to be called Mill Street for a reason), which gets pretty swampy at times.  You’ll soon pass the word “Trustworthy”, then “Loyal” (the first two of the 12 points of the Scout Law for those not in-the-know) and arrive at a “T” intersection.

Now I know what a sycamore tree looks like. Provided that it has a sign on it.

Now I know what a sycamore tree looks like. Provided that it has a sign on it.

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Finally, our "T" intersection.

Finally, our “T” intersection.

You can go either way, but go right anyway, because then the Scout Law will stay in order.  As you continue along your way, the mill race will merge back into with the South Branch of Rancocas Creek.  Shortly after this, you’ll have another trail split just before a bridge.  To the left, you would cross the bridge and continue on the White “Scout Law” trail.  To the right starts a new trail, the Blue Trail.  If you go left, you may become a better person.  If you go right, you get some nice views as you follow Rancocas Creek.  Or you can do what I did and backtrack later so that you don’t miss anything.  Of the two, I recommend taking the Blue Trail.

Choose your path wisely.

Choose your path wisely.

This will wind along for a bit over a third of a mile before joining back with the white trail at “obedient (7 of 12 in the Scout Law).

Rancocas Creek.

Rancocas Creek.

Rancocas Creek.

Rancocas Creek.

Big tree (over Rancocas Creek).

Big tree (over Rancocas Creek).



The Rio Grande. Just kidding, it's Rancocas Creek.

The Rio Grande. Just kidding, it’s Rancocas Creek.

BIG tree down.

BIG tree down.

Old bricks, or some jerk dumping them?

Old bricks, or some jerk dumping them?

Little hills.

Little hills.

I love Spring. I really missed the color green this winter.

I love Spring. I really missed the color green this winter.

End of the Blue Trail.

End of the Blue Trail.

Thanks to magic of the internet, and me needing a slightly longer walk, you can do both trails!  Let’s rewind…

We'll go across the bridge this time.

We’ll go across the bridge this time.

You’ll walk on a small ridge, past more of the same sorts of trees, and passing “Kind” along the way.

Bit of an elevation drop off next to the trail. The Blue Trail would be down that drop to the right of us.

Bit of an elevation drop off next to the trail. The Blue Trail would be down that drop to the right of us.



You'll even see tree branches.

Bird of some sort.

When you reach "Obedient", we've had the Blue Trail rejoin us.

Trail junction.

When you reach “Obedient”, we’ve had the Blue Trail rejoin us.  It’s a nice little walk to the end of the loop.  At this point, someone became very interested in sticks, so I had a lot of time to check out different bits of the woods.  The loop was almost done.  Hang a right onto the stem of the trail, and as soon as you can list “Clean” and “Reverent”, you’ll be all done.

Mushrooms.

Mushrooms.

White Trail.

White Trail.

Most of the trail is packed sand. We're right on the edge of the Pine Barrens here.

Most of the trail is packed sand. We’re right on the edge of the Pine Barrens here.

"What?"

“What?”

Did I mention that it's Spring and I'm happy it finally arrived?

Did I mention that it’s Spring and I’m happy it finally arrived?

Big field at the edge of the green acres area.

Big field at the edge of the green acres area somewhere around “Brave”.

Almost done!


There it is, “brave”.  Almost done!  The loop part of the white trail will rejoin the stem just ahead of this.

"Reverent". I hope this had made you a more well rounded person.

“Reverent”. I hope this had made you a more well rounded person.

All done!

All done!

After our hike, we had Cheez-Its and water while sitting on the nice benches.  Then we took a stroll around Vincentown, which has some awesome old buildings.

Like this one.

Like this one.

The old mill race right next to the hike (you were walking along side it at the start of the hike). I'm standing on the bridge, the mill would have been over my head.

The old mill race right next to the hike (you were walking along side it at the start of the hike). I’m standing on the bridge, the mill would have been over my head.

In the area: Do what The Pres does – take a stroll around Vincentown and check the buildings out.  There is also a park with good fishing and picnicking around the corner on Race Street.  The Pine Barrens are just up Rt 206 on the other side of the circle too.

Great resource for exploring Vincentown – Yummygal’s South Jersey Explorer Blog or Buy her book on the town

The Good

Rancocas Creek, lots of birds, woodlands

The Could Be Better

No negatives I can remember

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Nice, short stroll with nature, very peaceful almost-two-miles.

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  • July 5, 2014 at 3:50 pm

    I drove past this for years without ever realizing there were trails back there. I like it because its unique how the boy scouts set up the markers. very peaceful indeed

  • fir469
    October 14, 2015 at 12:12 am

    I love this location, in fact I proposed to my fiance on this trail. We take the dogs here and it’s beautiful in winter as well with snow on the ground. The bricks you took a picture of is an old cabin fireplace, most of the building is gone.

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