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
Woodbrook Park Trail at Almonesson Creek Park – Deptford, Gloucester County, NJ Distance – 1.25 miles total Type – Loop-ish Difficulty: 3 of 10 – difficulty for trails being a bit confusing.
Website – Deptford Parks & Rec Open – 8 AM to dusk
Terrain – creekside woods Surface – Mostly dirt
Trailheads – 39°49’5.48″N, 75° 5’43.60″W
Piney Hollow Preservation Area – Township of Franklin, Gloucester County, NJ Distance – Listed as 1.65 miles of trails, but we did 3.8 miles total and didn’t even do all the dikes. Type – series of loops and spurs Difficulty: 5 of 10 – parts of trail are overgrown, especially on the back end of the lake, making for a tough slog (at least as its gets dark with a 3 and 5 year old in tow).
Website – Green Franklin Township Open – Sunrise to Sunset.
Terrain – Woods and swamps surrounding old cranberry bogs Surface – Mostly sand
Trailheads – 39°34’24.04″N, 74°56’15.39″W (main parking area off [...]