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March 15, 2020

7 Favorite County Parks in South Jersey!

Well, today this lil’ ol’ blog turns 7 years old… Happy Birthday to us!  Where did the time go?  Why are any of you still reading this big, dumb blog after all of these years?

In honor of our birthday, we’ll be releasing a series of SEVEN posts this week, starting with seven of our favorite county parks in South Jersey!  This isn’t anywhere close to all the great county parks in South Jersey, let along all the great parks owned by any group in South Jersey (for more those, check out our over 200 reviews of trails in South Jersey organized by county and town).  Feel free to leave your own favorite county parks (maybe even your own top 7!) in the [...]

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November 24, 2019

South Jersey’s Paved Trails (for those days when you need them)

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!

Click on the name of the trail or park for our full review of that park, including driving address, GPS coordinates, parking, bathrooms, trail maps, etc

Camden County

Haddon Lake Park and [...]

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December 31, 2018

Cedar Bonnet Island Environmental Trail – Manahawkin, NJ

Cedar Bonnet Island Environmental Trail – Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge – Manahawkin, Ocean County, NJDistance – 1.5 miles total if hike every bit of trailType – Loop with some spursDifficulty: 1 of 10

Website – NoneOpen – Sunrise to Sunset.

Terrain – MarshlandsSurface – Crushed gravelTrailheads –  39°39’26.77″N,  74°11’39.19″W

Directions – If driving onto Long Beach Island from the mainland, the parking lot is located on the right side after the first bridge (which takes you onto Cedar Bonnet Island), but before the second bridge (which takes you onto Long Beach [...]

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December 30, 2018

The Painted Rock of 539 – Lacey Township, NJ

Painted Rock Address – Route 539 Lacey Township, NJ

Coordinates –  39°52’40.20″N,  74°22’35.86″W Open – 24 hours Cost – Free

Directions – located just under 6 miles north on Route 539 from Route 72.

Many years ago, a huge rock ended up by the side of the road in the pine barrens.  This is no glacial erratic, this rock was reportedly destined to be part of the jetty at Barnegat Lighthouse, but never quite made it.  As large rocks tend to do, it became a target for graffiti artists.

In the late 1990s, a local gentleman began to paint it seasonally.  Sometimes it was a pumpkin.  Sometimes a [...]

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