Maybe you have a stroller. Maybe you are out with someone in a wheelchair or who has trouble getting around. Maybe it’s been raining for days and everything is gross out. Maybe you just don’t want to deal with “the wilderness” today. Guess hiking is just out.
Of course not! There are some lovely PAVED and CRUSHED gravel trails in South Jersey that are easy to navigate and are just waiting to be explored. Here are some of our favorites!
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Big Timber Creek, South Branch – Old Pine Farms – Deptford Township, Gloucester County, NJ to River Dr, Westville, Gloucester County, NJ or Brooklawn Community Park, Camden County, NJ Distance: 8 miles from launch to the Delaware River (another 0.7 miles back to the take out) Type: One way Difficulty: 2 of 10 as long as you are with the tide.
Terrain – Wide, tidal river with marshes
Put ins – Old Pine Farms – 39°48’43.23″N, 75° 5’5.77″W (1/4 mile carry in between parking and ramp) – Parking at the end of Rankin Ave in Deptford, NJ
Willow Grove Lake Preserve – Newfield, Gloucester County, NJ Distance – 2.2 miles (trail might be a hair longer) Type – Loop Difficulty: 3 of 10 (overgrown)
Website – nature.org Open – Sunrise to Sunset.
Terrain – Woods and marsh Surface – Dirt
Trailheads – 39°32’57.35″N, 75° 3’58.91″W
Directions -2501 Weymouth Ave, Newfield, NJ
Parking – Very small lot with room for a few cars
Dog friendly? No Stroller friendly? No Benches? None Facilities?: None
Markings – Painted blazes
Glassboro WMA – Clayton, Gloucester County, NJ Distance – unknown miles of trails, we did 3 miles out and back and barely scratched the surface Type – a web of walkable dirt roads Difficulty: 1 of 10
Website – Division of Fish & Wildlife Open – Sunrise to Sunset.
Terrain – Woods, swamps Surface – Dirt and sand
Trailheads – 39°40’25.48″N, 75° 3’13.81″W
Directions – Carpenter Ave and Fries Mills Road, Clayton, NJ.
Parking – We parked on Whitney Way, but looks like room for a few cars at Carpenter Ave.