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:
Whitman’s Walk, Laurel Springs Borough Park – Laurel Springs, Camden County, NJ Distance – 0.8 miles total (includes some out-and-back spots) Type – web of trails Difficulty: 1 of 10 – some small blow downs
Website – https://www.facebook.com/whitmanwalklaurelspringsnj/ Open – 7 AM to 7 PM
Terrain – creekside forest and swamp Surface – Mostly boards, with a dirt section along the creek bank also available.
Trailheads – 39°49’1.84″N, 75° 0’13.91″W
Battleship New Jersey – Camden, Camden County, New Jersey Website – http://www.battleshipnewjersey.org/ Address – 100 Clinton Street, Camden, NJ
So one of my favorite places in South Jersey is the Battleship USS New Jersey. Over the years, I’ve done a lot of work cleaning her with the scouts, helping out with Eagle Projects there, and welcome soldiers and sailors there for Thanksgiving dinner.
When looking out the window of the PATCO train earlier this summer, The Pres asked if we could go see the battle ship. He’d only been next to it, and I realized that for my score of times I’d been on it, I’d never actually done the [...]
Rowand Pond Wildlife Management Area – Clementon, Camden County, NJ Distance – 0.4 miles total Type – Lollipop Difficulty: 2 of 10
Website – None Open – 5 AM to 9 PM
Terrain – Lakeside fields and woods Surface – Grass and dirt
Trailheads – 39°48’16.83″N, 74°58’40.07″W