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December 30, 2023

DOD Ponds WMA – Oldmans Township, NJ

Department of Defense (DOD) Ponds WMA – Pedricktown (Oldmans Township), Salem County, NJ Distance –  Miles and miles of trails (we did 7.2 miles total – popular loop is about 3 1/2) Type – loops and spurs Difficulty:  7 of 10, but we did some not easy exploring of “trails” that aren’t there anymore.  Sticking to the easiest paths, would be closer to a 3 or 4.  Coming at high tide and trying to go the whole loop might be a 10 out of 10 difficulty.

Website – https://www.nj.gov/dep/fgw/dodponds.htm Open – “Wildlife Management Areas are closed from 9 p.m. until 5 a.m. unless engaged in lawful hunting, fishing or [...]

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March 10, 2023

Top 25 Hiking Trails in South Jersey – 10 Year Anniversary List!

Happy 10th Birthday to us – today South Jersey Trails turns 10 years old!  In celebration of 10 long years, we are doing a series of birthday posts.  Look, here’s one right now!

Five years ago, we had hiked just over 160 trails in South Jersey, so we came up with our list of the Top 20 Hiking Trails in South Jersey.  Well, another 5 years and close to another 100 new-to-us trails, it’s about time for another Top 20 list!  That turned into a Top 25 list (and threatened to become a Top 30 list) because it’s too hard to leave so many great trails off the list!

Click on the name of the trail for a link to our full write up of that hike, which [...]

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May 22, 2022

Van Nest Refuge WMA – Hamilton Township, NJ

 

Van Nest Refuge WMA – Hamilton Township, Mercer County, NJ Distance – Did 1.7 miles loop.  Trails connect into Mercer County Park, so can expand this hike much, much further! Type – Loop-ish Difficulty:  5 of 10 – some bridges were out when we were there, which involved some fancy footwork.  If they were/are replaced, it would be a 2.

Website – None Open – Sunrise to Sunset?

Note – This is a WMA, but it seems to be closed to deer hunting due to it’s connection with Mercer County Park.

Terrain – Forest and swamp Surface – dirt trails

Trailheads – N 40° 16.137 W 074° [...]

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January 16, 2022

Tuckahoe WMA (Tuckahoe Side) – Tuckahoe, NJ

Tuckahoe Wildlife Management Area (Tuckahoe side)– Tuckahoe, Cape May County, NJ Distance – a zillion miles total on dirt roads.  We did a little more than 1 1/2 miles Type – Out-and-back Difficulty: 1 of 10

Website – Division of Fish and Wildlife Open – Sunrise to Sunset.

Terrain – Forest and marsh Surface – packed dirt

Trailheads – Parking areas throughout the preserve.  For this hike, I parked at N 39° 16.430 W 074° 43.365

Directions – 2201 Rt. 631 (aka, Tuckahoe Road) Tuckahoe, NJ 08250

Parking – Located throughout the preserve

Dog friendly? No Stroller friendly? No Benches? [...]

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