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John T. Hale, Sr Memorial Park – Ashland Woods, Voorhees, Camden County, NJ
Distance: 1 mile
Type: Figure 8
Difficulty: 1 of 10

Open – Sunrise to Sunset.

Terrain – Forest

Trailheads –  39°51’14.65″N,  75° 0’56.95″W

Trailhead = entrance to the park.

Trailhead = entrance to the park.

Directions: West End Ave, Voorhees, NJ

Parking – streetside parking

Streetside parking, plenty of it.

Streetside parking, plenty of it.

Markings – Metal posts where maintenance road crosses trails, orange tape everywhere else.

Map –

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Description:  I was very excited to come walk the Ashland Woods at John T. Hale, Sr Memorial Park.  Why?  Because Josh, one of my Boy Scout troop’s soon-to-be-Eagle-Scouts had just finished up the work creating the trail here, as was covered by Kevin Riordan in the Philadelphia Inquirer.




The trail starts at the entrance to the park at West End Ave, and goes straight across the open field to the service road.

Entrance.

Entrance.

Across the field.

Across the field.

Wave to the pavilion and swings.

Wave to the pavilion and swings.

Onto the service road.

Onto the service road.

The trail makes a figure 8, but I’d suggest taking the left side first.  It’s less scenic, so it saves the best for near the end.  The left side will curve around through the woods.  Nothing very special here, just follow the orange ribbons on the trees through a shady patch of woods.  The trail will reemerge back at the service road.

Left into the woods.

Left into the woods.  Look for green posts where the trail comes in.

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Still waking up after falling asleep in the car.

Still waking up after falling asleep in the car.

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Once you hit the service road, turn left and cross the ditch/stream (you’ll barely notice that you’re crossing anything).  At the green post, turn left into the woods again.  This section of trail is similar to the first, except at the back end, you’ll end up at a fence.  On the other side of that fence is an abandoned looking building, but I’m not sure if it’s abandoned, or we’re just looking at the back of it.



Back into the woods!

Back into the woods!

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Fence.

Fence.

Old building.

Old building.

Once again, you’ll emerge onto the service road.  Time to check out the other side!  The trail is just slightly to the left when crossing the road.

Almost immediately, there will be a short spur down to the Cooper River.  It’s worth the detour to check the water out.

Crossing the service road.

Crossing the service road.

Trail back into the woods.

Trail back into the woods.

Cooper River, great to throw rocks into.

Cooper River, great to throw rocks into.

You’ll then finish this third loop through a much more mature forest, with bigger trees and more open space.  This is definitely the best part of trail system here.



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Even some small hills, as shown by this picture.

Even some small hills, as shown by this picture.

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johnhale25Again, you’ll emerge onto the service road.  Turn left and recross the small stream.  You’ll reenter the woods for the final time just after.  It’s similar to the third section of trail, but no Cooper River within side, just a small stream.

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You’ll come out one last time onto the service road.  It’s a left turn here, straight across the field, and back to where your car is parked (or, to the swings!).

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Flowers at the entrance.

Flowers at the entrance.

A nice little walk.  Well done Josh!

The Good

Cooper River, nice forest along west part of trails.

The Could Be Better

Trail not well beaten down yet, as its new.

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Nice evening walk if you’re in the area. Reminds me a lot of some of the better trails in the Cherry Hill Trail system.

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