Rancocas Creek Canoe Trail – North Branch Rancocas Creek – Birmingham (Pemberton) to Mt. Holly, Burlington County, NJ Distance: 8 miles Type: One way Difficulty: 6 of 10 – blow downs along the first mile can be tricky, but should be way less of a problem in higher water.
Website: Rancocas Creek Canoe Trail – Burlington County Parks
Terrain – Shady section of river with heavy woods on either side, mixed with the backyards of homes along the creek
Put in – Birmingham Road – 39°58’45.17″N, 74°42’35.59″W – Mile 6.0 on the Rancocas Creek Canoe Trail
Begin portage at Smithville/Take out [...]
Oldman’s Creek Preserve – Swedesboro, Gloucester County, NJ Distance – 2 miles total (includes backtracking… oh so much backtracking) Type – Series of out-and-backs Difficulty: 2 of 10 – few muddy spots to navigate
Website – Oldman’s Creek Preserve Open – Sunrise to Sunset.
Terrain – Forest and some swamp Surface – Pavement to dirt pack to mud to grass
Trailheads – 39°42’52.17″N, 75°21’54.26″W
Battleship New Jersey – Camden, Camden County, New Jersey Website – http://www.battleshipnewjersey.org/ Address – 100 Clinton Street, Camden, NJ
So one of my favorite places in South Jersey is the Battleship USS New Jersey. Over the years, I’ve done a lot of work cleaning her with the scouts, helping out with Eagle Projects there, and welcome soldiers and sailors there for Thanksgiving dinner.
When looking out the window of the PATCO train earlier this summer, The Pres asked if we could go see the battle ship. He’d only been next to it, and I realized that for my score of times I’d been on it, I’d never actually done the [...]
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, [...]