Rancocas Creek Canoe Trail – North Branch Rancocas Creek – Birmingham (Pemberton) to Mt. Holly, Burlington County, NJ Distance: 8 miles Type: One way Difficulty: 6 of 10 – blow downs along the first mile can be tricky, but should be way less of a problem in higher water.
Website: Rancocas Creek Canoe Trail – Burlington County Parks
Terrain – Shady section of river with heavy woods on either side, mixed with the backyards of homes along the creek
Put in – Birmingham Road – 39°58’45.17″N, 74°42’35.59″W – Mile 6.0 on the Rancocas Creek Canoe Trail
Begin portage at Smithville/Take out [...]
Cape Island Creek Paddle – Cape May Lower Township, Cape May County, NJ Distance – 3 3/4 miles total Time – Took us 2 hours total Type – Out-and-back paddle Difficulty: 3 of 10 – low bridges. Potential for tide issues. Total score: 6 of 10
Website – None Open – Sunrise to Sunset.
Terrain – Tidal marshes
Put ins (these are less than a tenth of a mile apart): Spicer’s Creek Boat Ramp – 38 57.046 ` 74 54.593 Miss Chris Marina (if renting from them, which we did) – 38°57’0.56″N, 74°54’38.30″W
Take outs: Same
Penbryn Wildlife Management Area Paddle – Winslow, Camden County, NJ Distance: Aimless paddling on this good size lake racked up a mile of distance. Type: Out and back Difficulty: 1 of 10 Total score: 4 of 10
Website – Penbryn WMA Open – Sunrise to Sunset.
Terrain – Lakeside
Boat ramp – 39°45’55.40″N, 74°56’10.49″W
Directions: Penbryn Road, Winslow, NJ (Note – in my GPS, it comes up as Berlin.) It’s just before the railroad track.
John’s Woods Preserve and Weymouth County Park – , County, NJ Distance – 2.5 miles total (not including wandering around Weymouth Furnace) Type – Out and back with a branch down to the river. Difficulty: 4 of 10 – trail not well marked, sometimes all but disappears. Total score: 5 of 10
If you are looking for information on canoeing the Great Egg Harbor River from Weymouth, check here
Website – Atlantic County Parks Open – 7:30 AM to 1/2 hour after sunset.
Terrain – woods with some wetlands Surface – dirt and sand
Trailheads: Weymouth – no hiking trails John’s Woods [...]