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Nature Trail – The Frank H. Stewart Memorial Lake and Park  – Woodbury, Gloucester County, NJ
Distance – About 0.75 miles round trip
Type – lollipop (ish)
Difficulty: 1 of 10
Total score: 3 of 10

Website – City of Woodbury – Parks
Open – Sunrise to Sunset.

Terrain – lakeside, meadows, swamp, and woods

Trailheads –  39°50’33.84″N,  75° 8’31.99″W (started here, many place to start)
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Directions – On East Red Bank Ave across from the intersection with Roosevelt Ave

Parking – A pair of lots, one down the lane next to the Community Garden, one down past the YMCA.
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Markings – None.

Map –
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Warning –

Poison ivy!?

Poison ivy!?

Description – So I’ve been going to Wenonah a lot lately, and every time I do, I drive over the bridge crossing Stewart Lake in Woodbury.  Today, it was time to go explore Stewart Lake.

There was not a lot of info (read: pretty much none) on the internet about this one, so we kinda showed up and winged it.  The trail isn’t labeled or blazed, I couldn’t find a map or sign anywhere, but a pair of bridges across a creek are a pretty good sign that we found our elusive trail.




We started out on the bike trail, walking toward the fenced in municipal yard area.  We then got off trail, cutting down the shore of the lake.  From here, you get a beautiful view of the lake going both ways.

Down the paved trail.

Down the paved trail.

The lake heading the way we want to go.

The lake heading the way we want to go.

Lake toward the bridge, this is definitely a top quality view.

Lake toward the bridge, this is definitely a top quality view.

Looking the other way.

Looking the other way.

When you reach the tree line, walk away from the lake toward the pavement.  You’ll see the community garden up ahead and a small, brick building.  Just before that small brick building, look right into the woods.  There is a path leading into the woods, take it!

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You’ll cross a bridge made up of pieces of lumber shoved into the ground, without anything holding them together.

Looking back down the path, you can see the small brick building on the right.

Looking back down the path, you can see the small brick building on the right.

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Trickle of a stream that this crosses.

Trickle of a stream that this crosses.



The trail back here will now make roughly a loop, just follow the obviously cleared path around.  It will go uphill and loop around.  snt14
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However, you’ll eventually hit the bane of all Gloucester County trails at the moment, massive blow downs.  And I mean massive.

You'd have to put Tree Rider on the Pres's shoulders to get near the top of this tree break.

You’d have to put Tree Rider on the Pres’s shoulders to get near the top of this tree break.

Causes things like this.

Causes things like this.

No challenge for us.

No challenge for us.

Once you get around the blow downs, you’ll see a bridge to the front of you, this one of much better construction.  Don’t take this, but it would put you near the entrance to the community garden.

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You can then loop back around, downhill, and recross the plank bridge.

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Take another stroll along the lake before you get back in the car, it’s worth it.

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Boat launch.

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Up the boat ramp drive to the parking lot.

Up the boat ramp drive to the parking lot.

Sources – Roncace, Kelly.  “What’s in a Name? Stewart Park and Stewart Lake”.  <http://www.nj.com/gloucester-county/towns/index.ssf/2012/04/whats_in_a_name_stewart_park_a.html>

Nearby – Wenonah Woods West and East trails are a short distance away, and some of my favorites.

The Good

Beautiful lake is the highlight of this trail.

The Could Be Better

Trail needs some marking and some TLC.

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This is a beautiful lake, but not a beautiful or very interesting hike. Not worth much of a side trip to hike, although well worth a stop to sit by the lakeside or, I suspect, go boating. I will be back, but next time with Ol’ Tippecanoe for a little water tour.

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