Millcreek Park – Willingboro, Burlington County, NJ
Distance – 4 1/2 miles of trails (I did 3.3 miles around the outer parts of the loops)
Type – Loops
Difficulty: 1 of 10
Website – Willingboro Parks
Open – Sunrise to Sunset.
Terrain – Woods, wetlands, and fields
Surface – part paved, part wood chips, part crushed stone
Trailheads – 40° 1’24.84″N, 74°54’42.70″W (just one lot, there are several other options)
Directions – 300 Bev Rancocas Rd, Willingboro, NJ 08046
Parking – Several parking lots located throughout the park
Back in August, I got the rarest of all things for a man with four kids 7 years old and under… a child free morning. So I opted to do what ALL childless fathers do… go hiking in South Jersey? Anyway, it was off to Millcreek Park in Willingboro! Several small lots here, I picked the first one along the drive that circles that park and headed down the crushed stone path into the woods.
Right away, I liked this one. For one, the park is REALLY big for a town park. For two, its along Rancocas Creek, and everyone knows how much I love Rancocas Creek. For three, there was a LOT of forest for a town park.
Throughout the trail, I tended to choose the outermost path to make the hike as long as possible.
The trail worked its way around some marshland until it reached a three way intersection.
After spotting that deer in the last picture, I opted to go right at the intersection to stick to the outside of the trail system. We passed a nice stretch of woods until we reached a four way intersection.
At the four way intersection I wasn’t really sure where to head next, so I picked straight. It turned out that straight and right loop back to this intersection. I found some neat mushrooms and a lot more deer in this loop, as well as another view of the creek, our last of the hike.
I feel like we’ve been here before. I opted to head straight to take the only stretch of trail from this intersection that I hadn’t done yet. After crossing a small creek, the trail would merge with the paved walking trail.
The field stretch is also a lovely walk, although I didn’t like it as much as the woods (spoiler alert: I like hiking in the woods). There’s a playground and such in the park, totally normal, but eventually I reached something very unusual for a park…
Seriously, whole park is worth coming to for this… a Futuro house. Only a little more than 100 of these prefab houses were ever made, and this is one of two left in New Jersey (although it was a prefab BANK in town instead of a house). Sadly, the gas crisis of the ’70s killed what should have been the greatest housing movement ever.
A little past that is the Veterans Memorial, which you can stop and pay your respects at for a few moments.
By this point, it was getting hot. But when I saw the small pond with a short fitness trail around it, how could I resist walking around?
Willingboro Lake Parks is nearby in Willingboro, and is in a massive upgrade project. Pennington Park is also nearby
Beautiful forest, lots of creek views, A UFO BUILDING, and lots of deer.
It's... uh... too pretty?