We had a quite a 2017. Adorable new baby to hike with, fancy new website, and some media attention starting with a feature in the Philadelphia Inquirer.
It was quite a year on the trails too. In 2017, we hiked about 780 miles, including hiking 31 new-to-us trails in South Jersey! So as we do each year, our 10 favorite trails that we hiked for the first time this year:
Unexpected Wildlife Refuge – Newfield, Gloucester County, NJ Distance – 10 miles of trails. (Did 5 miles here the first time, and 3.75 the second) Type – Web of trails Difficulty: 6 of 10 – for balancing acts on bridges and getting over/around/under blow downs
Website – http://www.unexpectedwildliferefuge.org/ Open – By appointment (see how to make an appointment below)
Terrain – pinelands and swamps Surface – dirt, sand, bridges
Trailheads – 39°33’35.68″N, 74°55’44.25″W
In November 2016, we headed down to Glades Wildlife Refuge deep in Cumberland County with my wife, The Pres, Tree Rider, and myself. We had a great hike on the Bald Eagle Trail, and went up to Turkey Point to see the bridge there.
Then my wife felt sick, and we had to go home. Turns out she was pregnant.
Eleven months and one new family member later (hi Kite Flyer!), The Pres and I returned to hike the other three trails here – Maple Ave Trail, Warffle Farm Trail, and the Tat Starr Trail.
They were all great, but the Tat Starr Trail turned out to be the gem of the preserve.
So we’ve updated our Glades Wildlife Refuge post with [...]
Bear Swamp at Red Lion Preserve (Section B) – Southampton and Tabernacle, Burlington County, NJ Distance – a bit over 2 miles total between the two trails Type – A pair of out-and-back hikes that fork. Difficulty: 4 of 10 – trails can be tough to follow at times
Website – Bear Swamp at Red Lion Preserve Open – Sunrise to Sunset.
Terrain – Pine woods and cedar swamp Surface – Sand
Trailheads – South Trail (Tabernacle) – 39°52’12.72″N, 74°42’28.12″W North Trail (Southampton) – 39°52’34.72″N, 74°42’53.07″W