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John’s Woods Preserve and Weymouth County Park – Mays Landing, NJ

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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 –  39°31’3.69″N,  74°46’47.96″W

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Egg Harbor Township Nature Reserve – Egg Harbor Township, NJ

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Egg Harbor Township Nature Reserve – Egg Harbor Township, Atlantic County, NJ
Distance –  6 miles of trails total (we saw most of the preserve with a hike of 3 1/4 miles)
Type – Web of trails
Difficulty:  3 of 10
Total score: 8 of 10

Website – https://sites.google.com/site/ehtnatres/
Open – Sunrise to Sunset.

Terrain – forest, marsh, lakeside sand.
Surface – mostly dirt surfaces

Trailheads –  39°21’32.48″N,  74°39’4.46″W (parking lot on Zion Road)
39°21’41.77″N,  74°39’21.16″W (parking lot by nature center)

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Lochiel Creek County Park – Barnegat, NJ

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Lochiel Creek County Park – Barnegat, Ocean County, NJ
Distance – 2.3 miles total including the cut through and the plus access trail to the Barnegat Rail Trail
Type – Loop
Difficulty: 1  of 10
Total score: 4 of 10

Website – Lochiel Creek County Park
Open – Sunrise to Sunset.

Terrain – pinelands and swamp
Surface – dirt

Trailheads –  39°46’18.46″N,  74°13’7.51″W
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Maritime Trail – Barnegat Lighthouse State Park – Barnegat Light, NJ

Updated the Maritime Trail with a few new pictures from our visit this weekend and a few more trail details. For those who have never been, this trail is really short (less than 1/4 mile), but offers a glimpse back into a time when the barrier islands of the Jersey shore were wood covered dunes, as well as great views of Barnegat Lighthouse. Don’t let the short length turn you off, this is one of our absolute favorite trails in South Jersey.

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Maritime Trail – Barnegat Lighthouse State Park – Barnegat Light, NJ (Ocean County)
Type: Loop trail
Hours: Sunrise to Sunset (Parking lot closes early and they will lock your car in. You can park just outside the entrance).
Distance: 0.2 miles. Not a typo, 0.2 miles.
But lots more to do in the park, like a mile out and back walk on the jetti (just under two miles total) and climbing the lighthouse
Difficulty: 1 of 10.
Total score: 8 of 10.
Updated: January 16, 2017

Terrain – Dunes and history.
Trailhead – Across from information center – 39°45’49.37″N, 74° 6’21.92″W

Start and end of trail. Start and end of trail.

Dog friendly? No pets allowed
Stroller friendly? No – stairs and sand would make it really hard for any stroller
Benches? Not along trail, but are several at the trailhead.
Facilities?: Yes, full bathrooms at the Visitors Center.

Standouts: Great views of the beach…

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Cloverdale Farm County Park – Barnegat, NJ

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Cloverdale Farm County Park – Barnegat Township, Ocean County, NJ
Distance – 1.5  miles of blazed trail
Type – Loop
Difficulty:  2 of 10
Total score: 8 of 10

Website – Ocean County Parks and Recreation
Open – 7 AM to dusk every day (Nature Center open on Fridays, Saturday, & Sundays only)

Terrain – bog and pines
Surface – mostly dirt

Trailheads –  39°45’31.67″N,  74°16’42.83″W (Next to bathrooms and parking lot) OR  39°45’24.04″N,  74°16’43.59″W (next to Nature Center, which is the official starting point).

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Trail starts to the right of the nature center.

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But NOT next to the pavilion.  It’s between the buildings and the bogs.

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Winter in the Woods (at Cedar Run)

A reblog of a great blog post about what winter is like at Cedar Run Wildlife Refuge in Medford.  Some great pictures and information!

Wondering what to do to cure cabin fever? There is no better time to visit Cedar Run than now. Although our woods are beautiful year round, I find it to be the best time of year to get to know our wild and resident wildlife. With a chill in the air and a forest that […]

via Winter in the Woods — The Cedar Run Blog

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2016 – Year in Review – 10 Favorite Trails

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In 2016, I hiked 32 new trails in South Jersey!  Why not take a look back at the highlights of an awesome year?

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