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Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge

In the Junior Ranger Sarah Blog (Sarah Hullihen For President 2044! She has my vote already), Sarah and her friend Buddy Bison check out a lot of great places in South Jersey, Pennsylvania, and Delaware. Some are nature, some are history, all are great!

Well worth checking out.

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This weekend I got to visit Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge in southern New Jersey.  This refuge is a great place to visit to see birds and other wildlife. Many birds stop here in the fall and spring during migrations.  It is actually part of what is called the “Atlantic Flyway.”

One of the things you can do at this refuge is drive on the 8 mile Wildlife Drive. This road takes you around part of the refuge and through some of the different habitats. You can see a lot of wildlife right from your car. There are also hiking trails through different parts of the refuge.

On my visit I learned a lot about how the refuge manages wildlife. There is a lot of information on the different signs that tells you about how they make habitats for different birds. While you are here you might see a…

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Riverfront Park/Floodgates Road – Greenwich Township, NJ

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Riverfront Park/Floodgates Road – Greenwich Township, Gloucester County, NJ
Distance –  2 miles (total out-and-back)
Type – out-and-back
Difficulty: 1 of 10
Total score: 6 of 10

Website – None (*GASP*)
Open – Sunrise to Sunset.

Terrain – along the Delaware River and marshes
Surface – Flat, gravel road

Trailheads – 39°49’53.24″N,  75°19’54.37″W

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We’re in the Philadelphia Inquirer today!

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So, a certain South Jersey hiking blog was written about on the front page of the South Jersey section of the Philadelphia Inquirer today.

“South Jersey man’s hiking blog has half million fans, and climbing”
http://www.philly.com/philly/news/new_jersey/south-jersey-mans-hiking-blog-has-half-million-fans-and-climbing-20170611.html

Big thank you to Kevin Riordan for taking interest in our little blog here, and for writing such a nice article about it!  Big thank you to Kevin and Elizabeth (who managed to get nice pictures of me) for schlepping two miles through the woods with me last Thursday, and then still have nice things things to say!

And, of course, thank you to everyone who comes to read what I have to say about the dirt paths through the woods, meadows, marshes, and swamps of the greatest state in the Union, South Jersey.

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Scotland Run Park – Clayton, NJ

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Scotland Run Park – Clayton ,  Gloucester County, NJ
Distance –  Unknown miles of trails total ( we covered 2.8 miles by doing the outside loop behind the nature center, the Nature Trail, and the road walk to the boat ramp road, plus the distance between the trailheads).
Type – Loops/out-and-backs
Difficulty: 2  of 10 – trails unmarked
Total score: 5 of 10

Website – Gloucester County Parks
Open – Sunrise to Sunset.

Terrain – Lake, woods, fields
Surface – Part paved, part grass, part dirt

Trailheads – Nature Trail –  39°39’27.27″N,  75° 3’9.80″W
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Trails behind Nature Center –  39°39’20.19″N,  75° 3’6.17″W
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Road walk down to boat ramp (closed to traffic) –  39°39’27.09″N,  75° 3’7.11″W
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Levin Nature Conservancy – Mt. Laurel, NJ

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Melvin and Florence Levin Nature Conservancy – Mt. Laurel, Burlington County, NJ
Distance –  a little over 2 miles of trails (we did 2 1/4 miles with some backtrack and only missed one cut-through trail) total
Type – Loop with a cut-through and a spur
Difficulty:  1 of 10
Total score: 5  of 10

Website –  None
Open – Sunrise to Sunset.

Terrain – woods and swamp with a bit of grassland
Surface – some parts are boardwalk, some parts crushed stone dust, and some parts grass and dirt (or in our case, mud.  Thanks rain)

Trailheads –  39°56’51.50″N,  74°52’40.67″W – this is the main one off of the parking lot, although there are others along Hainsport-Mt Laurel Road, and along Hartford Road (this is the best spot to park)

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Mill Pond Trail – Port Republic, NJ

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Mill Pond Trail – Port Republic Trail System  – Port Republic, Atlantic County, NJ
Distance – 1.9 miles total (does not include the cut through, nor the access trail to get to other parts of the wider trail system)
Type – Loop
Difficulty:  2 of 10
Total score: 7 of 10

Website – Port Republic Trail System (Facebook page, no website)
Open – Sunrise to Sunset.

Terrain – pine forest with a bit of swamp
Surface – dirt

Trailheads –  39°30’39.03″N,  74°30’15.30″W

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A. Jerome Walnut Nature Trail – Barnegat Light, NJ

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A. Jerome Walnut Nature Trail – Barnegat Light, Long Beach Island, Ocean County, NJ
Distance –  0.25 miles total (one way), but paths off this trail can greatly extend your hike (we did 1 1/2 miles and could have extended it more)
Type – U trail (ends do not connect, must backtrack or walk around the block)
Difficulty:  3 of 10 – sand can be such a pain to walk in.
Total score:  6 of 10

Website – None
Open – Sunrise to Sunset.

Terrain – dunes and beach
Surface – Boardwalk and loose sand

Trailheads –  39°45’12.95″N,  74° 6’20.78″W OR  39°45’10.43″N,  74° 6’23.32″W
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