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: 1 of 10
Updated: December 31, 2021
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.
Surface – dirt
Dog friendly? Yes, on leash
Benches?: One bench
Stroller friendly?: Would be a tough one for strollers
Facilities? Picnic pavilion in middling shape
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.
Parking- There is one parking lot just off of Rosamond Ave where we started our adventure.
Lake Worth was an old swimming lake, and is fondly remembered by many in our area.
While there isn’t a swimming that goes on here anymore (fishing is still popular though), Lake Worth has been bought out by Camden County, who has converted it into a nice little, and seldom visited, park. The trails here are short, you can maybe do a mile in if you explore enough, but there are some nice little surprises here for those who take the time to come visit. Instead of writing a whole new post, I’ll simply add in pictures from our further visits here, as we’ve been back three or four more times now (update to the update – over a dozen times now, especially as the Cub Pack has started doing trash pickups here and the Boy Scouts have done work here with the South Jersey Land and Water Trust).
Original post from 2015…
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.
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 (update: sign looks great now). 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 (update – there is now a bridge). 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.
The lake is very pretty.
Markings are poor, trails are pretty small.