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July 31, 2018

Wheaton Arts Nature Trail – Millville, NJ

Nature Trail – Wheaton Arts – Millville, Cumberland County, NJ Distance – 1/2 mile one way on an out-and-back trail (1 mile total) Type – out-and-back Difficulty:  1 of 10

Website – Wheaton Arts Open – April through December Open Six Days: Tuesday through Sunday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Admission – $10.00 Adults, $9.00 Senior Adults (62+), $7.00 Students, Children 5 and under are free (2018 rates… check http://www.wheatonarts.org/ for current rates)

Terrain – Woods and pond. Surface – Gravel

Trailheads –  39°24’34.06″N,  75° 1’16.66″W

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July 29, 2018

The Salem Oak – Salem, NJ

The Salem Oak 112 West Broadway, Salem, NJ Hours – 24 hours a day, view from the street

8 stories tall.  A remarkable 22 feet around at chest height.  Perhaps as much as 600 years old.  Legend says that John Fenwick (founder of Salem) signed a treaty with the local Lenape chief under its branches.  Many of the earliest notable men and woman of Salem are buried beneath its branches in the Friends Cemetery.  It’s the Salem Oak.

The kids had never seen this majestic white oak tree, so we stopped by so that they could check it out.

Kite Flyer looks so excited.

While the tree has some wires up to support its [...]

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January 5, 2018

2017 – Year in Review – 10 Favorite Trails

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.

He likes hiking too.

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:

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January 1, 2018

Unexpected Wildlife Refuge – Newfield, NJ

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

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