Hartford Crossing Trails – Medford, NJ

Hiking is fun.

Hiking is fun.

Hartford Crossing Trails – Medford, Burlington County, NJ
Distance: Under contruction.  We did 1.25 miles on the main loop.
Type: One big loop, side loops being built.
Difficulty: 4 of 10 – mostly due to the newness of the trail (needs some better bridges) and that we went after a wet week.
Total score: 3 of 10 (will definitely go up as the trails are developed)

Terrain – forest, wetlands, small meadows.

Official Facebook Group –Hartford Crossing Trails Medford

Trailheads –  39°55’0.60″N,  74°51’26.81″W (Southwest corner of the Hartford Crossing fields)

Trailhead.

Trailhead.

Directions – 106 Church Road, Medford, NJ.  Across from Lenape High School and catty-corner to Johnson’s Farm

Parking – huge lot because of the ball fields.  Park in the southeast corner of the lot (furthers from the entrance).

Tons of parking.  Trailhead in the background.

Tons of parking. Trailhead in the background.

Standouts – Nice big trees, exciting stream crossings.

Markings – At the moment, ribbons tied on trees.

Map – They seem to have blazed more trails since this came out in November 2014.

Yep.

Yep.

Description:  This trail system is just getting started, thanks to some hard working volunteers over in Medford.  We were in the area the day before Easter and in need of another hike, so we decided to check it out.

To warn you in advance, this is a work in progress!  The trails aren’t blazed permanently yet, there are parts of the trail that had drainage issues (we also went there the day after a rainy day), the bridges are of a temporary nature, and trails are still being expanded.  I’m very excited about the possibilities (it reminds me a lot of the Cherry Hill Trail Crew’s Kresson Trail), but it’ll be a while.  So why not join the Facebook group and help with trail building?

That being said, we came in at the trailhead and went straight, doing the back end first.  There was a lot of mud because of the rain, which slowed The Pres down, but he had fun hopping over the streams.  For the time being, we ignored the side trails because they weren’t on the map that we had.

After a bit, you’ll come to a stream that you can’t jump, where a very rudimentary bridge is in place.  It looks rickety because it is, which is the fun part.  Continue onward through the damp areas until the trail comes to a T intersection.

Trailhead.

Trailhead.

Note the ribbons to mark the trails.

Note the ribbons to mark the trails.

Lots of old fences and fence posts line the trails.

Lots of old fences and fence posts line the trails.

Nice walk.

Nice walk.

Not every wife will go along with taking the babies over this bridge.  Sorry gentlemen, she's already claimed. Also, Tree Rider laughed like an idiot at me trying to get him across with the backpack.

Not every wife will go along with taking the babies over this bridge. Sorry gentlemen, she’s already claimed.
Also, Tree Rider laughed like an idiot at me trying to get him across with the backpack.

Old barbed wire is fun to take pictures of.

Old barbed wire is fun to take pictures of.

Stupid rain.

Stupid rain.

Reaching the T intersection and looking left.

Reaching the T intersection and looking left.

After the back leg of the trail, the other three sides of the box are MUCH, MUCH drier and better drained.  We enjoyed our stroll past some big trees and an old hunting stand.  The hunting stand was well placed, because Tree Rider and I spotted three deer grazing.

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Tree!

Tree!

The Pres was excited.

The Pres was excited.

Old hunting stand.

Old hunting stand.

No option at this corner, you’ll simply bear left and head across the top of the box.  There are some “tunnel” areas of trees (which I love) and a re-crossing of the same stream from earlier on a better constructed bridge.  We also found scattered deer bones.

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Tree Rider is excited to be outside.

Tree Rider is excited to be outside.

Deer jawbone.

Deer jawbone.

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Crossing the bridge.

Crossing the bridge.

Finally, the home stretch down to where we entered the trail system.  This section is mostly the same, but with a few small fields thrown in, especially as you approach the exit to the system.

Little more open here.

Little more open here.

Overall recommendation: This system is just getting started, and I’m excited about the possibilities.  If you don’t mind potentially wet feet and hairy stream crossings (or if, like The Pres, you crave them), get out there and check out what they already have!

Nearby: Catty-corner to the trail system is Johnson’s Farm, a massively popular area favorite (The Pres likes the playground and animals).  There is a small fee to feed the animals and do the activities (such as pick-your-own and using some pedal go-karts that The Pres can’t quite work yet), and also a farm market.

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4 responses to “Hartford Crossing Trails – Medford, NJ

  1. Tony

    Tried to hike this trail tonight. Parked in SE corner of big parking lot and found spot with the green drainage pipes shown in your first pic but no sign of trailhead. Walked whole area around woods edge but couldn’t find a trail. Disappointing……….

    • Sorry to hear that Tony! I looked at their facebook, looks like not a lot of activity there lately. Back in the spring when we went, it wasn’t a super obvious opening, so if it hasn’t been trimmed up in between it certainly could be overgrown by now 😦

  2. Joe

    I would like to help organize a group to continue clearing this new hiking trail. My wife & I have also not been able to find the opening to the trail. Feb 28, 2016

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