We had a quite a 2017. Adorable new baby to hike with, fancy new website, and some media attention starting with a feature in the Philadelphia Inquirer.
It was quite a year on the trails too. In 2017, we hiked about 780 miles, including hiking 31 new-to-us trails in South Jersey! So as we do each year, our 10 favorite trails that we hiked for the first time this year:
Waterworks Woods – Moorestown, Burlington County, NJ Distance – 1.6 miles total (which seemed to cover all the trails except for a little connector) Type – A few interconnecting loops, with lollipops at the end. Difficulty: 3 of 10
Website – S.T.E.M (Save the Environment of Moorestown) Open – Sunrise to Sunset.
Terrain – Lakeside woods and swamp Surface – mostly dirt
Trailheads: King’s Highway – 39°57’6.55″N, 74°58’8.86″W
Nixon Road – 39°56’55.97″N, 74°57’50.91″W
Cattus Island Park – Toms River, Ocean County, NJ Distance – 7 miles of trails, but getting to some will require backtracking, so distances covered will be longer than listed trail distances. (we did 4.5 miles total just doing the Blue and Orange trails and the road connecting them) Type – Series of loop trails. Difficulty: 1 of 10 (and should always be easy, just as long as you prepare for bugs and direct sunlight in the warmer months) Total score: 10 of 10 Reviewed: 12/29/16
Website – Ocean County Parks Facebook – Cattus Island Facebook Open – Dawn to dusk.
Terrain – woodlands and swamps Surface – various natural surfaces, [...]
Gloucester Township Health & Fitness Trail (Formerly Blackwood Railroad Trail) – Blackwood, Gloucester Township, Camden County, NJ Distance – 2.75 miles (one way) Type – Out-and-back Difficulty: 1 of 10 Total score: 5 of 10
Open – Sunrise to Sunset.
Terrain – Crosses through forest, swamp, and town
Trailheads – Main Street & Linden Ave – 39°47’3.96″N, 75° 3’31.66″W Meadow Run Dr and East Atlantic Ave – 39°49’18.67″N, 75° 4’16.30″W