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December 31, 2018

Sleeper Branch Trail – Waterford, NJ

Sleeper Branch Trail – Marilyn Beard Trailhead – Wharton State Park – Waterford, Camden County, NJ Distance – Listed at 5.4 miles on the new map, but this DEFINITELY does not include mandatory backtracking.  Actual hike is 8.2 miles total according to the old map and me walking the trail. Type – Lollipop Difficulty:  5 of 10 (puddles, flooding, missing trail markers)

Website – Wharton State Forest Open – Sunrise to Sunset.

Terrain – Woods and swamp Surface – Sand

Trailheads –  39°45’12.40″N,  74°51’50.62″W

Directions – located at the end of the paved section of Burnt Mill Road [...]

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December 31, 2018

Cedar Bonnet Island Environmental Trail – Manahawkin, NJ

Cedar Bonnet Island Environmental Trail – Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge – Manahawkin, Ocean County, NJDistance – 1.5 miles total if hike every bit of trailType – Loop with some spursDifficulty: 1 of 10

Website – NoneOpen – Sunrise to Sunset.

Terrain – MarshlandsSurface – Crushed gravelTrailheads –  39°39’26.77″N,  74°11’39.19″W

Directions – If driving onto Long Beach Island from the mainland, the parking lot is located on the right side after the first bridge (which takes you onto Cedar Bonnet Island), but before the second bridge (which takes you onto Long Beach [...]

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December 30, 2018

The Painted Rock of 539 – Lacey Township, NJ

Painted Rock Address – Route 539 Lacey Township, NJ

Coordinates –  39°52’40.20″N,  74°22’35.86″W Open – 24 hours Cost – Free

Directions – located just under 6 miles north on Route 539 from Route 72.

Many years ago, a huge rock ended up by the side of the road in the pine barrens.  This is no glacial erratic, this rock was reportedly destined to be part of the jetty at Barnegat Lighthouse, but never quite made it.  As large rocks tend to do, it became a target for graffiti artists.

In the late 1990s, a local gentleman began to paint it seasonally.  Sometimes it was a pumpkin.  Sometimes a [...]

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December 30, 2018

Webb’s Mill Bog – Lacey Township, NJ

Webb’s Mill Bog – Greenwood Wildlife Management Area – Lacey Township, Ocean County, NJDistance – 0.25 miles totalType – LollipopDifficulty:  1 of 10

Website – Division of Fish & WildlifeOpen – Sunrise to Sunset.

Terrain – Woods and swampSurface – Dirt and boardwalkTrailheads – 39°53’14.25″N, 74°22’45.10″W

Directions – Take Route 72, turning onto Route 539 North. The trailhead is located on the right side, past the painted rock, 6.4 miles from Route 72. The trailhead is small and very easy to miss, but is located almost directly across [...]

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