Kirkwood Lake Hike – Kirkwood Lake County Park, Lindenwold, Camden County, NJ
Distance – We did a little under 2 miles
Type – out-and-back
Difficulty: 2 of 10
Total score: 5 of 10
Website – Camden County Park System
Open – Sunrise to Sunset.
Terrain – Lakeside woods and wetlands
Trailheads – 39°50’9.97″N, 75° 0’4.71″W (from parking lot off Gibbsboro Road) – go around to the right.
You can also canoe or kayak here
Directions – The parking lot is on Gibbsboro Road, just off of White Horse Road (NOT White Horse Pike), behind the Lindenwold Speedline stop.
You can also go in from Lakeview Ave in Lindenwold (take Berlin Road that runs right in front of the Speedline, make a left onto Pinelawn Ave, then follow it around to Lakeview Ave)
Parking – Small lot as described above.
Standouts – Ruins of an old icehouse, nice lake views.
Markings – None. Some trails very well worn, others peter out.
Description – A few weeks ago, my buddy Dave asked me if I’d ever done the trails at Kirkwood Lake. I told him that I had not, because I could never find the trailhead! On one side of the lake, it’s private property. On the other side, you are blocked by the dam. Luckily, he told me the secret… you walk around the dam to the right, and there is a concrete ledge you can cross the water on! He also told me you can see the old ice house, remains of when Kirkwood Lake was a tourist destination on those hot days of summer.
Of course, I set out the next day to check it out.
I parked in the lot, as I have several times before (most recently when canoeing this fine lake). I walked around the dam and, hey presto, I was on the other side.
The trail is immediately apparent once you cross. It goes up to the PATCO fence, then follows along it.
This is where it gets interesting. Like most (all?) trails in the Camden County Park System, these are unmarked. In the beginning here, there is pretty much just one trail that goes between the fence and the lake. Stay on it and get some nice views.
I wandered back taking a few different routes to make it interesting.
Overall recommendation – I love this little hike… history, a balance beam, lake views, and a few flowers, what isn’t to like?
Nearby – The trails at John T. Hale Memorial Park and the Stafford Trail in Voorhees, Lake Worth County Park in Lindenwold, or the Gibbsboro Greenway System including Blueberry Hill are within a few miles.