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July 13, 2017

Hike AND Swim – 6 places to pair them up in South Jersey!

It’s summer.  Hiking is hot.  But you still want to do it.  Because its awesome. But it’s hot.

Solution?  Go for a hike, then for a swim! Here are six South Jersey hikes that you can swim after without having to get back into the car to go somewhere else!

Note -click on the name of the trail to go to the trail information about that trail!

#6 – Red and Blue Trails – Wharton State Forest – Shamong, Burlington/Atlantic County, NJ – 1 mile Cost – $5 per car during the week, $10 per car on the weekend (2017 – New Jersey residents, more expensive for those from other states) Official information – Wharton State [...]

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March 16, 2017

Six Pine Barrens Ghost Towns to explore!

South Jersey Trails is four years old!   In celebration, I highlight an area I’ve been blessed enough to spend the last 24 years exploring – the Pine Barrens.  I started with a post on the Best Hikes in the Pine Barrens.  But hiking isn’t what hooked me on the pine barrens all those years ago (and boy, what great hiking there is there), it was the history.

So when you think of ghost towns, you probably think like me: cowboys, swinging doors, tumbleweeds…

You know, this. (Note – Bodie State Park in California).

But the pine barrens have dozens of ghost towns of their own.  Sure, there weren’t many shootouts [...]

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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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November 1, 2015

Atsion in the Fall – Shamong, NJ

I spent last weekend with the Scouts, camping out at Goshen Pond as part of an open house weekend for the Cub Scouts.  We did the “A Walk Through Atsion” hike previously covered in this blog, only now featuring the colors of Fall.  It was a great day to be hiking, camping, and taking pictures, a triple threat.

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