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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.
Type:  Lollipop.
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.

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.

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.

Good size for a bunch of cars.

Good size for a bunch of cars.

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.

Down the old road.

Down the old road.

The trail will split off to the left.

The trail will split off to the left.

A no-longer-very-helpful map.

A no-longer-very-helpful map.

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.

Goes here.

Goes here.

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.

Lenape Trail sign.

Lenape Trail sign.

Left.

Left.

Right. Go this way.

Right. Go this way.

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.

Lake Worth.

Lake Worth.

Follow along the edge of the lake.

Follow along the edge of the lake.

Another not-that-useful-anymore sign.

Another not-that-useful-anymore sign, although one of the clearest we saw.

Looking back where we just hiked.

Looking back where we just hiked.



From the edge of the lake.

From the edge of the lake.

Dan and The Pres are locked in the park. That's okay, we have more trail to hike.

Dan and The Pres are locked in the park. That’s okay, we have more trail to hike.

Now on the other side of the lake.

Now on the other side of the lake.

As promised, the trail gets more apparent here, although still not marked.

As promised, the trail gets more apparent here, although still not marked.

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.IMG_4527

Well, I know we went the right way.

Well, I know we went the right way.

Onward.

Onward.

Just at the intersection.

Just at the intersection.

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.  

I love an adventure.

I love an adventure.



We made it!

We made it!

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.

The Good

the lake is very pretty.

The Could Be Better

no bridge over the stream, markings are poor

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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.

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12 Comments
  • January 16, 2015 at 4:14 pm

    There’s a park down there. I went to Google Streetview and realized that I too have seen that sign but never thought much about it. Thanks, we’ll try to get there sometime. My wife occasionally has doctor appointments not too far away and I look for something to occupy the kids.

  • January 20, 2015 at 8:45 pm

    My dad grew up here and spent some childhood days here! Thank you for bringing it to life! Lovely pictures ans well-thought article!

  • September 2, 2016 at 7:02 am

    By the way, it’s ROSEMONT Avenue — WITH A “T”, NOT A “D”. And it’s in CAMDEN County, not Cape May County.

    • September 3, 2016 at 10:01 am

      Thanks for picking up on those Keith!

      • Keith
        September 3, 2016 at 6:33 pm

        No trouble at all,,, I pass by the lake on New Freedom Road all the time but I’ve never gone there. I like the Gibbsboro Greenway & Bikeway Network — “Blueberry Hill” to me because I start from the cul de sac at the end of Berlin Road, which is a good place to start — plenty of room to park. Anyway, Lake Worth CP is not more than a mile away from our house. Maybe some volunteers would like to do some trail maintenance there, or in Berlin Park (the ‘wild’ part)… Help me!

        • September 3, 2016 at 7:15 pm

          Trails at Lake Worth should be in decent shape, one of my Boy Scouts did six days worth of invasive plant removal over six months last year, as well as put in all new signs.

          Berlin Park is a little rougher, I’m hoping that the work they are putting into the end by the Mart will make its way up to the other end, but I have my doubts. Any idea what sort of permission you need to get to do trail maintenance in a county park?

          • Keith
            September 3, 2016 at 8:04 pm

            1) Great, I didn’t know if any had been done or not. Thanks! 2) Not really. I took a pair of pruning snips over to the trail across from the medical offices to make it easier for me to enter to ride the dirt road (it was really becoming overgrown!), and I sent a message to the township via their website requesting that the vegetation on the park side of Cross Keys Road be trimmed back so leaving the park across from the medical offices does not require you to “take your life in your hands” to cross the road! I’m not holding my breath, though… (I think the only work so far has been spreading mulch on the dirt road and dumping some dirt on the “back road” to stop through traffic, but no “trail maintenance”.) I would just like to see the trails kept open for easy hiking and biking access. I think they will be happy to accept volunteer help.

  • Joseph Pendlebury
    January 7, 2017 at 5:18 am

    Hi, we visited Lindenwold in 1967 and spent several days around Lake Worth. Thee reason for our visit was to meet up with my dads uncle and cousins whom came over from Wigan England after the Second World War . Though all are now passed I’m sure some of their family must still be in the area and would like to get in touch. Though my recollection of the time is a little vague I do remember the days at Lake Worth.

  • March 6, 2017 at 7:59 pm

    Is his lake worth that used to have the sliding boad in the center of the lake, the diving board on the edge, footboats in the back and poles inthe middle,of the lake (not sure what they were for). I was only a child so it is hard tor call where it was.

    • March 6, 2017 at 8:03 pm

      Hi Rob,

      Yep! It’s a county park now without much to it other than the nature trail and the lake, but from what I hear it was quite the place to go to in its heyday.

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