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September 1, 2019

Atsion Family Campground – Shamong, NJ

Atsion Family Campground Wharton State Forest Shamong, NJ

Address: Atsion Road, Shamong, NJ 08088 Coordinates: 39°44’45.37″N, 74°44’38.22″W

Directions: On Atsion Road, turn onto the dirt road with the sign for Atsion Family Campground.  Drive down and the campsites will be in two loops on either side.

Access: Dirt road, but accessible by pretty much any vehicle.

Website for official info: http://www.nj.gov/dep/parksandforests/parks/wharton.html

Website for campsite booking and pricing: www.camping.nj.gov

Rules:

Campground Map:

Camped here earlier this month, which FINALLY completes [...]

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August 7, 2019

The Woods at New Gretna & the Tuckerton Railroad- New Gretna, NJ

The Woods at New Gretna/Jersey Shore Live Steam Organization – New Gretna (Bass River Twp), Burlington County, NJ Distance – about 4 miles total (came from an article in the Pine Barrens Tribune), we did 1.2 miles around most of the perimeter. Type – Connected loops Difficulty:  1 of 10

Website – Facebook page (good to check, as they post whether the railroad will be open on any given Saturday) Open – Park is open sunrise to sunset.  Train seems to open on Saturdays in good weather, check out their Facebook to find out if they’ll have volunteers there on a particular Saturday 10 AM to 4 PM.

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July 11, 2019

Carranza Memorial Ceremony – SATURDAY, 7/13

 

This Saturday will be the 91st Annual Emilio Carranza Memorial Ceremony, hosted by American Legion Post 11 of Mt Holly.

So who was Emilio Carranza and why is he honored each year in a clearing in the middle of the pine barrens?  Carranza, whose family help several important positions in that country, was an early aviator of that country.  He is often referred to as “the Lindbergh of Mexico”, and was a friend of Charles Lindbergh.  In 1928, Carranza attempted to fly non-stop from Mexico City to Washington, D.C. on a goodwill flight.  He fell just short due to bad weather, but finished his flight the next day and was greeted as a hero in our [...]

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June 12, 2019

Manumuskin River Preserve – Millville, NJ

Manumuskin River Preserve – Millville, Cumberland County, NJ Distance – 4 miles total (trail was probably 3, plus some wandering) Type – lollipop Difficulty:  3 of 10 – walk along the stones over the swamp is a pain

Website – Cumberland County Open – Sunrise to Sunset?

Terrain – swamps, woods Surface – dirt, gravel, and more

Trailheads – 39°20’7.28″N, 74°57’41.94″W

Directions – Port Elizabeth-Cumberland Road (Rt 646), Millville, NJ

Parking at railroad crossing.

Parking – Roadside parking along [...]

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