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July 23, 2017

Washington Crossing State Park – Hopewell Township, NJ

Washington Crossing State Park – Hopewell Township, Mercer County, NJ Distance – 14  miles of trail total, including a 2 mile bike trail and a 2.2 mile horse trail.  We did 3.2 miles of trails Type – Web of trails Difficulty: 2 of 10 – some small hills to contend with Admission – Small fee per car on weekends between Memorial Day and Labor Day (2017 – $5 in state, $7 for out-of-state)

Website – Washington Crossing State Park – DEP Open – 8 AM to 8 PM

Terrain – Woods, swamps, riverside, and fields Surface – Various, from paved to dirt to grass

Trailheads –  40°18’7.94″N,  [...]

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June 29, 2017

Soupy Island – Thorofare, NJ

Throwback.

Sports players.  Restaurants.  Clothes.  Local personalities. It’s a popular word in the greater Philadelphia area.

But the greatest throwback of them of them all might be the Sanitarium Playground.

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June 11, 2017

Washington Crossing Historic Park – Washington Crossing, PA

Washington Crossing Historic Park – Washington Crossing (Upper Makefield Township), Bucks County, PA Distance –  we did 0.75 miles total Type – Out-and-back Difficulty: 1 of 10

Website – Washington Crossing Historic Park Open – Visitors Center – 10 AM – 5 PM.

They do guided tours of the village at half past every hour.  You can also walk the village on your own, which is what we did.

Terrain – Riverside lawns Surface – Paved or grass.

Trailheads –  40°17’44.54″N,  74°52’20.86″W (at the crosswalk from the parking lot)

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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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