Penbryn Wildlife Management Area – Winslow, Camden County, NJ
Distance: We did just under a mile out and back along the right side of the area. Probably about as much trail on the other side.
Type: Out and back (horseshoe)
Difficulty: 1 of 10
Total score: 5 of 10
Website – Penbryn WMA
Open – Sunrise to Sunset.
Terrain – Lakeside
Trailheads – Along Penbryn Road, before the railroad track. Pretty much pull over anywhere that looks good.
Directions: Penbryn Road, Winslow, NJ (Note – in my GPS, it comes up as Berlin.)
Parking: Roadside parking. If parking in the small pull off areas, be careful that you aren’t blocking the boat ramp.
Standouts – Nice views of the lake. Nice marsh at the back.
Markings – None, but trails are easy to follow.
Map – Large map can be found at Penbryn WMA
Called up my friend Jeremy and went to check this one out last week. It’s a WMA, so there isn’t a lot of work done to the place (including no marked trails), but there are trails well-worn by fisherman around almost the whole outside of the pond. We went around to the right so that The Pres and Tree Rider didn’t scare the fish away for some weekday fishermen.
Not much to report trail-wise, just follow the obvious path around the lake. We were warned that there are a good amount of ticks back here, but we only got one on us. Around the back (where we stopped and turned around), you lose the trail as the ground becomes too marshy.
When we got back to the start, we ended up sitting by the lakeside for an hour while the little one attempted to eat rocks and the big one played a climbing game and threw rocks into the pond. Didn’t quite make it to sunset due to bedtime crankiness, but we did stick around long enough for…
… so good day!
Overall recommendation: This looks like a great spot to go fishing if you have a boat or waders (we saw four guys out fishing on a Thursday afternoon, so it must be pretty good). Also looks like a great spot to take the canoe or kayak for a spin. As for the hiking, we had constant lake views, so it ranks as a nice use of an hour or so.