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Egg Harbor Township Nature Reserve – Egg Harbor Township, NJ

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Egg Harbor Township Nature Reserve – Egg Harbor Township, Atlantic County, NJ
Distance –  6 miles of trails total (we saw most of the preserve with a hike of 3 1/4 miles)
Type – Web of trails
Difficulty:  3 of 10
Total score: 8 of 10

Website – https://sites.google.com/site/ehtnatres/
Open – Sunrise to Sunset.

Terrain – forest, marsh, lakeside sand.
Surface – mostly dirt surfaces

Trailheads –  39°21’32.48″N,  74°39’4.46″W (parking lot on Zion Road)
39°21’41.77″N,  74°39’21.16″W (parking lot by nature center)

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Lochiel Creek County Park – Barnegat, NJ

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Lochiel Creek County Park – Barnegat, Ocean County, NJ
Distance – 2.3 miles total including the cut through and the plus access trail to the Barnegat Rail Trail
Type – Loop
Difficulty: 1  of 10
Total score: 4 of 10

Website – Lochiel Creek County Park
Open – Sunrise to Sunset.

Terrain – pinelands and swamp
Surface – dirt

Trailheads –  39°46’18.46″N,  74°13’7.51″W
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Cloverdale Farm County Park – Barnegat, NJ

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Cloverdale Farm County Park – Barnegat Township, Ocean County, NJ
Distance – 1.5  miles of blazed trail
Type – Loop
Difficulty:  2 of 10
Total score: 8 of 10

Website – Ocean County Parks and Recreation
Open – 7 AM to dusk every day (Nature Center open on Fridays, Saturday, & Sundays only)

Terrain – bog and pines
Surface – mostly dirt

Trailheads –  39°45’31.67″N,  74°16’42.83″W (Next to bathrooms and parking lot) OR  39°45’24.04″N,  74°16’43.59″W (next to Nature Center, which is the official starting point).

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Trail starts to the right of the nature center.

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But NOT next to the pavilion.  It’s between the buildings and the bogs.

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2016 – Year in Review – 10 Favorite Trails

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In 2016, I hiked 32 new trails in South Jersey!  Why not take a look back at the highlights of an awesome year?

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Cattus Island Park – Toms River, NJ

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Cattus Island Park – Toms River, Ocean County, NJ
Distance – 7 miles of trails, but getting to some will require backtracking, so distances covered will be longer than listed trail distances. (we did 4.5 miles total just doing the Blue and Orange trails and the road connecting them)
Type – Series of loop trails.
Difficulty: 1 of 10 (and should always be easy, just as long as you prepare for bugs and direct sunlight in the warmer months)
Total score: 10 of 10
Reviewed: 12/29/16

Website – Ocean County Parks
Facebook – Cattus Island Facebook
Open – Dawn to dusk.

Terrain – woodlands and swamps
Surface – various natural surfaces, plus packed dirt on the road.

Trailheads – 39°58’58.57″N, 74° 7’42.43″W (next to Nature Center)

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Edge of the parking lot.  A short walk up the road puts you at the trailheads.

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Glades Wildlife Refuge – Dividing Creek, NJ

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Glades Wildlife Refuge – Dividing Creek (Downe Township), Cumberland  County, NJ
Distances:
Bald Eagle Trail – 1.5 miles round trip listed (1.75 miles round trip by GPS)
Maple Street Trail – Did not hike (yet)!
Warfle Farm Trail – Did not hike (yet)!
Tat Starr Trail – Did not hike (yet)!
Type – A series of out-and-back trails
Difficulty:  2 of 10 – although this has to go up in the summer, when I’m sure the bugs and the sun might be brutal.
Total score: 7 of 10

Website – Natural Lands Trust
Open – Sunrise to Sunset.

Terrain – tidal marshland
Surface – Dirt
Trailheads –
Bald Eagle Trail – 39°15’40.79″N, 75° 7’33.15″W
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Maple Street Trail – ?
Warfle Farm Trail – ?
Tat Starr Trail – ?

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Two days to complete the Batona Trail = terrible idea. Also, fun!

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So, I had the worst idea I’ve had in at least the last several months… why not do the Batona Trail in two days?

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