Gloucester Township Health & Fitness Trail (Formerly Blackwood Railroad Trail) – Blackwood, Gloucester Township, Camden County, NJ
Distance – 2.75 miles (one way)
Type – Out-and-back
Difficulty: 1 of 10
Total score: 5 of 10
Open – Sunrise to Sunset.
Terrain – Crosses through forest, swamp, and town
Directions – Main Street & Linden Ave – Blackwood, NJ OR Meadow Run Dr and East Atlantic Ave – Blackwood, NJ
Parking – Streetside
Standouts – get to see how a railroad cuts through a town
Markings – Follow pavement
Description – Last week, The Pres, Tree Rider, and I decided to do the old Blackwood Railroad Trail. Thinking ahead, I brought the Pres’s bike along to try to do a larger stretch. It didn’t quite work (we only did about a mile of the 2.75 mile trail, 2 miles with the back part of the out and back), but it was still a nice hike.
Now, to start, this is a paved path, shared by walkers, runners, and bikers, so stay alert. It’s paved the whole way, which I usually am not a big fan of. However, I LOVE walking these old railroad right of ways and seeing how the trains made their way through the terrain. We opted for the northern section of trail, by Route 42.
One of the surprising parts of this hike was the amount of flowers I found along the way, there were some really nice ones! It was also neat walking under Route 42.
Overall recommendation – This trail isn’t worth coming a long distance, but it’s fun (at least for weirdos like me) to walk along and try to imagine the train coming through here. Actually, The Pres liked that too, he kept yelling “Choo! Choo!”