I have to imagine my 15 minutes of fame is coming to an end soon, but Inside Jersey Magazine interviewed me as part of a bigger set of articles on the pine barrens. Thank you to Jenn Hall for reaching out, and for having such a nice little write up!
Mike McCormick, of Barrington, didn’t set out to create the definitive South Jersey hiking guide. It’s just that it didn’t exist. Now, his website, launched in March 2013, covers more than
120 trails, nearly 50 of which are in the Pines. An avid backpacker and history teacher, McCormick, 35, finds ample inspiration to satisfy both interests here. Asked what he brings for a trek, he quips: “My [...]
Whitman’s Walk, Laurel Springs Borough Park – Laurel Springs, Camden County, NJ Distance – 0.8 miles total (includes some out-and-back spots) Type – web of trails Difficulty: 1 of 10 – some small blow downs
Website – https://www.facebook.com/whitmanwalklaurelspringsnj/ Open – 7 AM to 7 PM
Terrain – creekside forest and swamp Surface – Mostly boards, with a dirt section along the creek bank also available.
Trailheads – 39°49’1.84″N, 75° 0’13.91″W
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:
Tranquility Trails – Woolwich Township, Gloucester County, NJ Distance – 1.6 miles total (Out AND back) Type – Out-and-back Difficulty: 3 of 10 – Footing can be a little tricky in spots
Website – None Open – 7:30 AM to Sunset.
Terrain – Mostly open fields with small patches of woods.0 Surface – Dirt and grass
Trailheads – 39°45’2.17″N, 75°19’54.31″W