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Tranquility Trails – Woolwich Township, Gloucester County, NJ
Distance – 1.6 miles total (Out AND back)
Type – Out-and-back
Difficulty:  3 of 10 – Footing can be a little tricky in spots

Website – None
Open – 7:30 AM to Sunset.

Terrain – Mostly open fields with small patches of woods.0
Surface – Dirt and grass

Trailheads –  39°45’2.17″N,  75°19’54.31″W

Directions – Located on High Hill Road, near its intersection with Fredrick Blvd

Parking – Large parking area

Dog friendly? Yes, but must be leashed and cleaned up after
Stroller friendly? Probably would work with a good offroad stroller
Benches? None
Facilities?: None

Rules:

Markings – None (but planned for the future)
Map – None (but planned for the future)

My track, which should be a little helpful.

Description –




At late July day?  A new baby?  Two kids bouncing off the walls?  So out the door The Pres, Tree Rider, and I went to get some energy used up.

We ended up at the new Tranquility Trails, unveiled in late Spring 2017.  These are very much a work in progress, with blazes, maps, and markers coming at some point, but we were able to follow the mowed path for 0.8 miles one way.

You start at the back corner of the parking lot…

Enjoy the flowers as you walk by them, then enter the woods.

This is your longest patch of shade on the trail, so if its late July like it was for us, enjoy!



You’ll then emerge out of the woods at a “t” intersection.  The path to the right was more overgrown than the path to the left, so we went left.

You’ll then follow the edge of a field.  Keep an eye out for birds along the way, and, if the time of year is right like it was for us, enjoy the bajillion flowers.



After a nice long stretch of field, you’ll enter a small patch of woods.  Keep an eye out for the bee hives here!

Old hunting stand.



Then its back out into open fields again for more flowers!  Yay!

We turned a corner and ran into a gate… end of hiking out!

There are supposed to be views of the creek at some point, but we didn’t find them this trip.  Maybe next time!  For now, we turned around and backtracked.

We thought about heading down the slightly more overgrown trail we’d previously walked past, but we opted not to.

So back we went to the parking lot.

Nearby: Oldmans Creek Preserve and Lake Narraticon are both nearby in Swedesboro.

Sources:

Garvin, Ryan.  “Woolwich unveils new hour-long hiking trail”.  South Jersey Times.  May 1, 2017. <http://www.nj.com/gloucester-county/index.ssf/2017/05/tranquility_trail.html>

 

The Good

Beautiful flowers at the right time of the year, great spot to look for birds.

The Could Be Better

Trails here are in need of marking and mapping, which is on the way. Supposed to have views of Raccoon Creek, but we didn't find the trail to them.

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Nice trail, especially in flower season. Will be even better as the town continues to work on the system!

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