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October 3, 2017

Inside Jersey Magazine writes about South Jersey Trails!

I have to imagine my 15 minutes of fame is coming to an end soon, but Inside Jersey Magazine interviewed me as part of a bigger set of articles on the pine barrens.  Thank you to Jenn Hall for reaching out, and for having such a nice little write up!

Mike McCormick, of Barrington, didn’t set out to create the definitive South Jersey hiking guide. It’s just that it didn’t exist. Now, his website, launched in March 2013, covers more than

120 trails, nearly 50 of which are in the Pines. An avid backpacker and history teacher, McCormick, 35, finds ample inspiration to satisfy both interests here. Asked what he brings for a trek, he quips: “My [...]

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September 2, 2017

Penns Hill Trail – Wells Mills County Park – Waretown, NJ

My buddy Pat and I went hiking at the height of the July heat at Wells Mills.  Luckily, it was in the upper 90s with a million percent humidity.  And we decided to do the Penns Hill Trail (labeled at the Marci Trail on the maps, but different on the signs)… 8.4 miles.

Regardless of death heat trying to crush me, this is one of my new favorites in South Jersey, so you know it must be good.

For the review and a million pictures, check the now UPDATED post for Wells Mills County Park, where we added all about the new-to-us trail and our grand (aka, hot) adventure that thankfully had blueberries:

https://southjerseytrails.org/2016/01/16/wellsmills/

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August 11, 2017

Cedar Run Wildlife Refuge – Hoot, Waddle, & Stroll even – 9/23/17!

On Saturday, September 23, Woodford Cedar Run Wildlife Refuge is having their annual Hoot, Waddle, and Stroll 5K and 1/2 Mile Stroll to raise money for themselves!  9 AM, $25 per runner, $10 per half mile stroller!

All proceeds benefit the Cedar Run Wildlife Refuge and the great work they do there helping hurt animals and educating the public on animals in South Jersey!

So register by September 19th and come out to a great event to help a great cause!

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August 9, 2017

Rancocas Creek Paddle- Pemberton to Mt Holly – 8 miles

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 [...]

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