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Old Orchards Trail – Cherry Hill Trail System– Cherry Hill, Camden County, NJ
Distance: Just under a mile of trails
Type: Figure 8.
Difficulty: 1 of 10.

Maintained by the good people at Cherry Hill Trail Crew

Terrain – Forest and meadow

Trailheads –  39° 53.242’N,  74° 57.223’W

Directions: Located on Thornhill Road in Cherry Hill, NJ.

Parking – Along Thornhill Road or a few spots at the playground.

Standouts – No real standouts, but a nice little hike.

Markings – Color coded signs at intersections

Map – Map available here

UPDATES (1/22/16) – Additions to Red and Blue Trails, with more access points added to the trails.

Description –

As always, a nice job by the Cherry Hill Trail Crew.  This path meanders through a small patch of forest and meadow back in the Old Orchards neighborhood.  You can park at the small lot near the playground on Thornhill Road, or there is an entrance at the back of the soccer fields at the middle school.




The trail is short, but the woods are nice, I saw five deer, and there’s a small meadow (with a crushed stone pathway) to break it up a bit.  If you’re up for a bit more exploring, leave the trail at the crushed stone part and wander along the stream bank.  Maybe they’ll expand the trails down that way soon, it wouldn’t surprise me.

Road connection past the playground to the trails.

Road connection past the playground to the trails.

Small creek next to the lead in trail.

Small creek next to the lead in trail.

As always, the trails are marked with color coded signs.

As always, the trails are marked with color coded signs.

When is this bum going to hike on his own? He's almost 5 months old!

When is this bum going to hike on his own? He’s almost 5 months old!

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Trail toward the middle school fields.

Trail toward the middle school fields.

Popped off the trail into the soccer fields. Turn around here and you can do the other half of the loop.

Popped off the trail into the soccer fields. Turn around here and you can do the other half of the loop.

Nice trees.

Nice trees.

He's trying to figure out how I got ahead of him.

He’s trying to figure out how I got ahead of him.

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Somewhere in this picture there are five deer hiding.

Somewhere in this picture there are five deer hiding.

Well constructed bit of trail. There is still a pile of stone to be spread out, so the rest of this part of the trail should be really nice.

Well constructed bit of trail. There is still a pile of stone to be spread out, so the rest of this part of the trail should be really nice.

Oh no! Rain! (Hard to see in this picture)

Oh no! Rain! (Hard to see in this picture)

Lots more trails in Cherry Hill to hike too!

The Good

No real standouts, but a nice little hike.

The Could Be Better

Nothing to make this one stand out.

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Nice little twenty minute hike if you’re in the area.

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  • Jim Ryan
    September 14, 2014 at 11:19 pm

    As always, nice pix! I visited these trails last October…once again, I don’t think all the signs were in place yet; in fact, it looks like the trail map I had downloaded last year is a little outdated…the Green and Blue trails are reversed! That is, when you get to the end of the main trail (Orange), turning right takes you onto Blue, while left is Green; it’s actually the opposite on the map I have. Also, I was unable to find the White trail last year; perhaps that is marked better as well. Of course, these trails are relatively easy, so it’s actually impossible to get lost! I really like your idea about possibly expanding the trail system to run along the stream bank; perhaps if someone starts trying to blaze a trail, the Cherry Hill Trail crew will get the hint and make an “official” trail there! Hmm…perhaps blaze it red, sort of like the trail that runs along the stream bank at Barclay Farms.

    Anyway, thanks again for the nice review of the trails here…can’t wait to see where you (and The Pres, and perhaps your newest hiker!) venture to next!

    • September 16, 2014 at 10:00 pm

      Thanks Jim! This was my third time here, but we never made it past the playground the first two times =)

      I don’t think that they update the maps on their website very often, although I’ve noticed updated maps at some of the trailheads.

      The trails are all definitely marked now, but the white trail seems to be a a simple cut through. It was really nice for being so short though.

      I’m hoping to do the Richterman Trail next week, then I’ll have collected all the Cherry Hill Trails!.

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