Taylor Wildlife Preserve – Cinnaminson, NJ

Completely redid the review of this wildlife preserve that shares space with the last farm remaining on the Delaware River between Camden and Trenton. The Pres and I did the whole loop (about 3 1/2 miles) now and not just the one trail, and aside for a bit of washed up trash, was pretty awesome. Birding, swamps, old foundations, the Delaware River… so much to see here.

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Taylor Wildlife Preserve – Cinnaminson, Burlington County, NJ
Distance: We did the loop and went 3.5 miles.  Official miles of trail has to be just above that.
Type: Loop
Difficulty: 4 of 10.
Total score: 7  of 10
Last updated: March 6, 2017 (complete overhaul now that we’ve walked the whole loop)

Website – Friends of Taylor Wildlife Preserve
Open – Sunrise to Sunset

Terrain – swamps, harbor, and Delaware River.

Trailheads –  40° 1’34.12″N,  74°59’5.50″W

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Crow’s Woods Nature Preserve – Haddonfield, NJ

One of our favorite hikes, updated after coming here more than a dozen times (it’s easy to visit when you live five minutes away). Included pictures of the beaver we found swimming here and a link to our (only) youtube video, which happens to be a hike here complete with beaver footage.

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Crow’s Woods Nature Preserve – Haddonfield, Camden County, NJ
Distance: 1.5 miles of trails.  We did 1.2 of a mile largely  following the White Trail.
Type: Loop trail.
Difficulty: 2 of 10.
Total score: 6 of 10.
Updated: March 5, 2017

Terrain – hill, swamps, woods, creek.

Trailheads –  39°52’53.27″N,  75° 1’30.00″W

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Tall Pines State Preserve – Sewell, NJ

I’ve been back to Tall Pines State Preserve three or four times since I wrote this post, so I decided to update it and add more pictures. I’ve done all the trails here now (most of them several times), and this park only gets more awesome.

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Tall Pines State Preserve – Sewell, Gloucester County, NJ
Distance – about 4 miles of trails (no official measurements yet) – we did 2.6 miles (My second trip, did 4.3 miles with some backtracking)
Type – Web of trails
Difficulty:  2 of 10 – some small hills
Total score:  7 of 10
Updated: March 5, 2017

Website – Friends of Tall Pines State Preserve
Open – Sunrise to Sunset.

Terrain – Woods, fields, and some swampy areas

Trailheads –  39°46’50.91″N,  75° 8’23.12″W
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Corson’s Inlet State Park – Ocean City, NJ

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Corson’s Inlet State Park – Ocean City, Cape May County, NJ
Distance –  Rail trail – 0.75 total out-and-back.  Yellow Trail – 0.25 miles one way.  Red Trail – 0.4 miles one way.  We did 2.4 miles total covering all three of these and a beach walk back from the Red to Yellow Trail.  Can also extend this beach walk around the tip of the island.
Type – Series of out-and-back trails that can be looped off with beach walks if you choose.
Difficulty:  2 of 10
Total score: 7 of 10

Website – Corsons Inlet State Park
Open – Sunrise to Sunset.

Terrain – beach and dunes
Surface – gravel (rail trail) or sand (Yellow or Red Trails)

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Trailheads –39°13’1.92″ N,  74°38’45.74″ W (Rail trail from parking lot)
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39°12’59.56″N,  74°38’46.87″W (Yellow Trail from parking lot)
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39°13’7.57″N,  74°38’20.26″W (Red Trail from end of Central Ave just past intersection with 59th Street)

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Eldora Nature Preserve – Delmont, NJ

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Eldora Nature Preserve – Delmont (Maurice River Township), Cumberland County, NJ
Distance –  2.8 miles of trails (official).  We did 3.0 miles of trails (with slight overlap).
Type – Series of loops.
Difficulty:  3 of 10
Total score: 5 of 10

Website – The Nature Conservancy
Open – Sunrise to Sunset.

Terrain – Woods, marsh, and a bit of swamp.
Surface – Mostly dirt.

Trailheads –  39°13’2.81″N,  74°55’18.94″W (at back of parking lot)

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Lines on the Pines – March 12 – FREE EVENT… we’ll be there!

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So our favorite everything-about-the-pine-barrens event is coming up on Sunday, March 12, 2017 – Lines on the Pines!  This FREE event, now in its 12th year, features books (oh, the book selection), music, crafts, decoys, historical societies, and the like, all having to do with everything pine barrens.  Plus this year has a TON of activities for the kids!  Show up early with those kids, I hear basket weaving is going to be REALLY popular!  Also crafts, the animals of the Cedar Run Wildlife Refuge, the Swan Bay Folk Arts Center (if you remember, that’s where we went to the sheep sheering last Spring), the K9 Rescue, and much, much more!  Check out the whole list of folks here.

But this year is also extra special because SOUTH JERSEY TRAILS has been asked to participate!  Kayak Karl was kind enough to invite The Pres and I to help man his “Pine Barrens Adventures ~ Family Walks/Hikes/Paddling” table, and we couldn’t be more excited.  We’ve never had a table at any sort of event, but I can’t imagine there’s a better one to have one at!  Oh, and it’s our fourth birthday to boot!

So come out to this event and come swing by our table to talk hiking, backpacking, canoeing, camping, and whatever else our ADD has taken us to over the last four years, and then go spend all your money on pine barrens books.

Renault Winery, 72 North Bremen Ave., Egg Harbor City, NJ 08215

FREE – OPEN TO THE PUBLIC!
Enjoy a wonderful day at this INDOOR event, meeting Pine Barrens authors, artists and artisans! Over fifty talented Pine Barrens People will be on hand to sign their books, display their artwork or craft, play their music and in general, share their love of the Pine Barrens!

http://www.linesonthepines.org/

And a HUGE thank you to the wonderful Linda Stanton for organizing this great event year-after-year, and for putting us in touch with Karl!

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Because the children’s book about the Jersey Devil is still a little too scary for them (don’t worry, I bought it anyway).

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Two great purchases I made last year.  Gabe will be selling his cd again this year, which you totally should get a copy of.

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Cape May Point State Park – Cape May, NJ

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Cape May Point State Park – Cape May, Cape May County, NJ
Distance – 3.2 miles of trail total
Type – Series of loops
Difficulty:  2 of 10
Total score: 9 of 10

Updated – March 3, 2017

Website – Cape May Point State Park
Open – Sunrise to Sunset.

Terrain – Mostly tidal marshlands with small patches of forest
Surface – boardwalks and dirt

Trailheads –  38°55’59.64″N,  74°57’30.34″W or
38°55’57.43″N,  38°55’57.43″N or
38°55’55.04″N,  74°57’32.34″W

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