Honey Run/Blueberry Hill Loop – Gibbsboro, NJ – 3.2 miles

Honey Run/Blueberry Hill Loop Hike – Gibbsboro, Camden County, NJ
Yellow Trail/New Yet-to-Be-Colored Trail/Green Trail/White Trail/Orange Trail
Distance – 3.2  miles total
Type – figure eight
Difficulty:  2 of 10 – slight inclines in places

Please note this hike incorporates some trails covered in our Blueberry Hill Trails post

Website – Gibbsboro Borough
Open – Sunrise to Sunset.

Terrain – forest, fields, and some wetlands
Surface – paved

Trailheads – N 39° 49.465 W 074° 57.197

Trailhead to the right of the gardens.

Directions – Pole Hill Park, Pole Hill Park Dr, Gibbsboro, NJ

Parking – Plenty of parking.  Please don’t park in reserved spaces for the Gibbsboro Gardens

Partial view of the parking, lots more than this.

Dog friendly? Yes, on leash
Stroller friendly? Yes, all paved.
Benches? A few benches at the beginning and at two scenic spots, but long distance between them.
Facilities?: Picnic tables at trailhead, picnic table at two other scenic places along the route

Markings – Mostly plates on trees, but some new sections do not yet have markers or assigned colors yet, but will have them (at which time, I’ll update this post).

Map –

Official map as of April 2024. New trail is marked in black on map as “2024/2025 Construction”, but is now complete.
Zoomed in to just the section that we did.
Our track (rain messed it up a bit, so had to color it in poorly)

Description –

At the end of April 2024, Gibbsboro Mayor Edward Campbell announced that a new section of the every expanding Gibbsboro Trail system had been completed.  Yay!

Of course, I waited through a whole beautiful, sunny week to then check out this new yet-to-be-named/yet-to-be-gives-a-trail-color trail on a rainy Saturday afternoon.  Whoops.

The mayor was kind enough to let folks on Facebook know how to access the new trail, so off I set for the familiar parking lot at Pole Hill Park in Gibbsboro, the large parking area for the popular Blueberry  Hill trails (see also: our post on the Blueberry Hill trails, which this hike overlaps in parts).  I started off down the yellow blazed trail that goes past the Gibbsboro Gardens, around behind the old military radar base, and enters the woods.

Trailhead to the right of the gardens.
Behind the radar installation…
Into the woods.

At the first intersection with the orange trail, stay straight to stay on the yellow blazed trail, which will overlap with the orange blazed trail for a while.  At the next intersection, the orange blazed trail will turn and head left.  Stay with the yellow blazes straight.

Second intersection.

The yellow blazes eventually cross the red blazed trail, then almost immediately cross the white blazed trail.  Stay with the yellow blazes!

Crossing the intersection and staying with the yellow!

Stay straight down the yellow trail.  This is a long, mostly straight run, and you’ll stay with it (dodging the pollen if it’s this time of year) until you just about reach the paved United States Avenue.  But just before you do, there will be fresh pavement heading right, the trailhead for the new trail. This is 0.9 miles from where we started on the yellow trail at the parking lot.





I see new trail!

Making a right, you enter a rehabbed, former superfund site.  There are/were a lot of these in Gibbsboro due to the local industry, this is the newest one to be cleaned up.  There are tons of new trees planted, which should make for a lovely, shaded walk in a decade or two.  For now, it’s still a lovely walk and interesting to see all the fresh changes here.

Leaving the woods on the new trail.

 

Fresh trail and new trees.

 


I found a crow.

You soon reach a new, large bridge over Honey Run.  According to William Farr’s fascinating Waterways of Camden County: A Historical Gazetteer (Camden County Historical Society, 2002), this little stream starts at Woodland Lake (off of Haddonfield-Berlin Road/Rt 561) and flows down to United State Ave, joining White Sand Branch just before going under the road.  The water will eventually end up in the north branch of the Cooper River.  Historically, this little stream has been known at different times as Green Branch (1798, 1802), Green Briar Branch, or Haney Run Branch (1967).  Whatever it’s called, it must be much happier with the area that it runs through cleaned up.


The trail then goes around what I suspect is the cleanup headquarters.

That’s a lot of tires!

Once you pass the fence, it’s another pretty little area of newly planted trees until the trail hits United States Avenue.

Here, we turn left to follow the trail paralleling the roadway.  You dip down into a wetlands, and the skunk cabbage comes out to say hello.


White Sand Branch, first shown on maps in 1856. Originates near Old Egg Harbor Road in Voorhees and runs through Clement Lake, all according to William Farr.



The trail ends at Berlin Road across from an old storefront/home (the end is a straight on view of the building, but this angle made a prettier picture). You can still see the cigarette ad outside.  At this point, you are 1.3 miles into your hike, or 0.4 miles along the new trail.



There is official trail planned from here, but it hasn’t been built yet.  Still, it’s easy enough to make a left turn and make the short walk the shoulder of Berlin Road.  There’s a part where the plants grow over the shoulder where you’ll need to be extra careful of traffic.

Short walk along the left side shoulder. You can see the narrow part in this shot, which lasts for maybe 50 feet.

Once past the narrow part, you can walk down to the corner of Berlin Road and United State Ave.

Make a left at the corner, and you’ll quickly come to a crosswalk to cross United State Ave.  They are doing construction here, but when they aren’t, you can expand your hike at this point by looping around the Paintworks Walking Trail. The iconic stacks of the paintworks are viewable once you cross over the road.

Not as pretty as usual through the construction zone.

From here, we crossed Foster Ave and beared right onto the green blazed trail.  The trail here is a nature walk, with signs labeling many different types of trees along the way.

Trail goes a little further off the road.
Tree label.
I won’t stop, I want to keep hiking! Oh, you just mean for a second…

The trail then heads to another newly cleaned area along Bridgewood Lake, just downhill from where we were earlier with the new trees..  This labeled “scenic area” on the map, and it is!  There’s a picnic table along the way if you’d like a break.

Trail past the lake.
Scenic view. Around the corner of the lake, to the left, is the Square Circle Gun Club. If you hear guns while on your hike, it’s coming from the club.
Picnic table.

After a sit break (well, not for me, because now it started raining for real… ugh), it’s  a little further down the green blazed United States Ave Trail before you make a left, cross the tracks, and cross the road back onto the yellow blazed trail.

Keep going.
Cross the road, except this shot is facing back the way we came, because it was raining and I hadn’t realize the photo didn’t take the first time when I was looking the right way).
The other side, we’re back yellow blazes!

Maybe 100 yards later, you pass where we left to check out the new trail.

It continued to rain on me as I made my way down the trail toward the car, making little pollen ponds.

So, so sorry to everyone allergic to this stuff.

Back at the intersection, I decided to go back via the top of Blueberry Hill, because why not?  I crossed over and took the right split onto the white blazed trail.

Up, up, up, up, up and then… the top!  (for those with strollers, follow the yellow blazes, then make the right to follow the orange blazes, then turn right again to follow the white trail to the summit of Blueberry Hill).


Having a new baby hasn’t quite killed every brain cell, so I knew before I went up all those stairs that there was no way I was going to see Philadelphia from here today.  And I didn’t.

But on a day where you aren’t being rained on, you can see Philadelphia’s skyline from up here.

Definitely not from today!

I took the white blazes to where the trail meets the orange blazes.  be careful here, the orange blazes go both ways!  You want to turn right to follow the orange blazes where they do NOT overlap with the white blazes.  Then follow the orange blazes until they meet with the yellow blazes.  Here, turn right to retrace your steps down the part of the trail where the yellow and orange blazes overlap.

When the orange blazes head left to leave the yellow ones, stay with the yellow blazes back to the field with the radar towers, then follow the fence around to the garden.

I then went down the Pollinator Pathway at the gardens, because it’s always fun to go down the Pollinator Pathway at the gardens.

Then I put my damp self into the car and headed for home.  Great hike!

Nearby: This hike uses some of the trails in the Blueberry Hill Conservation Area and passes next to the Paintworks Walking Trail.

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