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January 5, 2018

2017 – Year in Review – 10 Favorite Trails

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.

He likes hiking too.

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:

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September 2, 2017

Penns Hill Trail – Wells Mills County Park – Waretown, NJ

My buddy Pat and I went hiking at the height of the July heat at Wells Mills.  Luckily, it was in the upper 90s with a million percent humidity.  And we decided to do the Penns Hill Trail (labeled at the Marci Trail on the maps, but different on the signs)… 8.4 miles.

Regardless of death heat trying to crush me, this is one of my new favorites in South Jersey, so you know it must be good.

For the review and a million pictures, check the now UPDATED post for Wells Mills County Park, where we added all about the new-to-us trail and our grand (aka, hot) adventure that thankfully had blueberries:

https://southjerseytrails.org/2016/01/16/wellsmills/

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April 13, 2017

A. Jerome Walnut Nature Trail – Barnegat Light, NJ

A. Jerome Walnut Nature Trail – Barnegat Light, Long Beach Island, Ocean County, NJ Distance –  0.25 miles total (one way), but paths off this trail can greatly extend your hike (we did 1 1/2 miles and could have extended it more) Type – U trail (ends do not connect, must backtrack or walk around the block) Difficulty:  3 of 10 – sand can be such a pain to walk in. Total score:  6 of 10

Website – None Open – Sunrise to Sunset.

Terrain – dunes and beach Surface – Boardwalk and loose sand

Trailheads –  39°45’12.95″N,  74° 6’20.78″W OR  39°45’10.43″N,  74° 6’23.32″W

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March 15, 2017

Best Hikes in the Pine Barrens

So today marks FOUR YEARS of this ridiculous blog.  I’ll type that again for dramatic effect- FOUR YEARS.

Four is an important number for this blog, because, when I started, I figured that was about top end estimate for how many people would ever look that this big, dumb prestigious project of mine (and that was counting on my mother being able to find it on the Internet to see cute pictures of her grandson). But my, oh, my, how we’ve grown up.  In the past four years, nearly EIGHT PEOPLE have read this blog.

Okay, it’s a few more than that, and sometimes I worry about you folks because of that.  But thanks just the same for coming along for [...]

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