Lenape Trail – Lake Worth County Park – Lindenwold, Camden County, NJ
Distance: Trail miles – 0.5 miles. With the green trail and some backtrack, we did just under a mile.
Difficulty: 3 of 10 – would be a 1 of 10 except for the stream crossing, which was a bit dicey if you don’t want wet feet.
Total score: 4 of 10.
Terrain –Lake and woods
Trailheads – 39°48’15.97″N, 74°57’55.16″W A few steps down the old road from the parking lot.
Directions: 1 Rosamont Ave, Lindenwold, NJ. Parking lot is on the right side at the end of the road.
Standouts – the lake is very pretty.
Markings – Very occasional signs that are faded and hard to make out.
Description: Went to check this one out to celebrate the shortest day of the year. One of the fun things about this project is discovering parks and trails that you didn’t know about. I didn’t believe it until I got there, but I’ve driven right past this park (which has a good sized sign) hundreds of times and never noticed.
There is one parking lot just off of Rosamond Ave where we started our adventure.
Follow the gated off road down maybe a dozen steps, and the trail will split off to your left. At the top of the trail is a a really, really faded sign that maps out the trails in the park. I couldn’t tell much from it.
I never figured out where the Rankokus Trail was supposed to be, but I imagine that we walked it, because the park just isn’t that big. Anyway, you’ll walk down the trail and, very shortly, there is a side trail to the right that leads to the picnic pavilion. Don’t take this one.
Only thirty seconds later, you’ll hit the intersection for the Lenape Trail. This trail is, as far as we could tell, not blazed. Once every great while there would be a nearly unreadable sign letting you know that you were still on the Lenape Trail. This trail is a loop, but I suggest hanging a right to start.
Almost immediately, you’ll hit Lake Worth. The trail turns right and follows the lake, crossing the dam, and continuing around the lake on the other side. Stick to the edge of the water on this side, the trail will become more apparent once you get to the side closest to the road.
You’ll continue along the lake’s edge for a while, walk through a hole in an old fence (this IS the trail, although I had my doubts at the time), then drift gradually further away. When you hit an intersection, you’ll turn left and follow the trail down to the stream.
The stream is the most challenging part of the hike. It was just a little too wide to jump with The Pres, and there is no footbridge. Instead, we balanced along a log to cross over. For the record, The Pres went over far steadier than I did. Sometimes it’s hard to be the one who isn’t a toddler.
Shortly after this, you’ll finish your circuit of the Lenape Trail. We poked around a bit (went to see the pavilion), but from here it would be a right turn on the trail that you came in on, which takes you back to within site of the parking lot. We did about a mile, all told.
Overall recommendation: Nice, short stroll, but this trail desperately needs some TLC in the form of new blazes and a little bridge over the creek. Although it was fun going over the log in late December.