Category Archives: South Jersey

John’s Woods Preserve and Weymouth County Park – Mays Landing, NJ

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John’s Woods Preserve and Weymouth County Park – ,  County, NJ
Distance –  2.5 miles total (not including wandering around Weymouth Furnace)
Type – Out and back with a branch down to the river.
Difficulty:  4 of 10 – trail not well marked, sometimes all but disappears.
Total score: 5 of 10

If you are looking for information on canoeing the Great Egg Harbor River from Weymouth, check here

Website – Atlantic County Parks
Open – 7:30 AM to 1/2 hour after sunset.

Terrain – woods with some wetlands
Surface – dirt and sand

Trailheads:
Weymouth – no hiking trails
John’s Woods –  39°31’3.69″N,  74°46’47.96″W

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Egg Harbor Township Nature Reserve – Egg Harbor Township, NJ

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Egg Harbor Township Nature Reserve – Egg Harbor Township, Atlantic County, NJ
Distance –  6 miles of trails total (we saw most of the preserve with a hike of 3 1/4 miles)
Type – Web of trails
Difficulty:  3 of 10
Total score: 8 of 10

Website – https://sites.google.com/site/ehtnatres/
Open – Sunrise to Sunset.

Terrain – forest, marsh, lakeside sand.
Surface – mostly dirt surfaces

Trailheads –  39°21’32.48″N,  74°39’4.46″W (parking lot on Zion Road)
39°21’41.77″N,  74°39’21.16″W (parking lot by nature center)

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Lochiel Creek County Park – Barnegat, NJ

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Lochiel Creek County Park – Barnegat, Ocean County, NJ
Distance – 2.3 miles total including the cut through and the plus access trail to the Barnegat Rail Trail
Type – Loop
Difficulty: 1  of 10
Total score: 4 of 10

Website – Lochiel Creek County Park
Open – Sunrise to Sunset.

Terrain – pinelands and swamp
Surface – dirt

Trailheads –  39°46’18.46″N,  74°13’7.51″W
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Hugg-Harrison House and New Saint Mary’s Cemetery – Bellmawr, NJ

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Graveyard, Hugg-Harrison House, and the Philadelphia skyline.

Hugg-Harrison House and New St Mary’s Cemetery
515 W Browning Rd
Bellmawr, Camden County, NJ

Hugg-Harrison House –
Facebook – Save the Historic Hugg Harrison House

St Marys –
Website – www.camdendiocese.org/
Facebook – https://www.facebook.com/pages/New-Saint-Marys-Cemetary/120712084606805

One of my father-son hobbies with The Pres is exploring graveyards.  I’ve always been fascinated by them, and I enjoy walking through a graveyard thinking about all of the things that the people buried there have accomplished, and The Pres seems to enjoy exploring them as well.  So back in the Fall when I was being crushed under a pile of work (stupid teaching middle school now), I took a few hours out to go explore New St Marys Cemetery in Bellmawr, NJ.

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Cloverdale Farm County Park – Barnegat, NJ

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Cloverdale Farm County Park – Barnegat Township, Ocean County, NJ
Distance – 1.5  miles of blazed trail
Type – Loop
Difficulty:  2 of 10
Total score: 8 of 10

Website – Ocean County Parks and Recreation
Open – 7 AM to dusk every day (Nature Center open on Fridays, Saturday, & Sundays only)

Terrain – bog and pines
Surface – mostly dirt

Trailheads –  39°45’31.67″N,  74°16’42.83″W (Next to bathrooms and parking lot) OR  39°45’24.04″N,  74°16’43.59″W (next to Nature Center, which is the official starting point).

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Trail starts to the right of the nature center.

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But NOT next to the pavilion.  It’s between the buildings and the bogs.

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2016 – Year in Review – 10 Favorite Trails

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In 2016, I hiked 32 new trails in South Jersey!  Why not take a look back at the highlights of an awesome year?

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Bowling Ball House of Gloucester County, NJ

People are totally awesome.  I pass home on the way to or from a hike fairly often, and I’d forgotten I took of picture of it until now.  So sharing is caring!  As always, be respectful!

According to a driving tour of found art installations in South Jersey put out by the Perkins Institute for the Arts – “Stanley Szymanski’s Bowling Balls – Like giant colorful lollipops on sticks, bowling balls outline Stanley’s yard. After retirement he built this playground for bowling balls and retired hobbyhorses. Plastic hobbyhorses and other cultural icons lead and flank these orderly rows and outline a parking area for visitors.”

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More pictures from someone who stopped at the property.

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