Rechnitz Pine Barrens Preserve – Browns Mills, Burlington County, NJ Distance – 1.8 miles total with the two loops, we did 1.6 sticking to the outside of the loops Type – 2 loops in a figure 8 Difficulty: 3 of 10
Website – https://www.njconservation.org/ Open – Sunrise to Sunset.
Terrain – Pine forest, some open areas, and skirts the edge of cedar swamps Surface – Sand. Some areas (but not most of the trail) have plant life is starting to grow again on the trail. Other areas have lots of bumps due to vehicle use at some point, which can be a pain the knees.
Sandy Ridge-Tulpehocken Trail Loop – Washington/Tabernacle, Burlington County, NJ Distance – 38 miles total (18.2 of which are on the Sandy Ridge-Tulpehocken Trail) Type – Loop Difficulty: 4 of 10 (lots of road walking, but a few areas are flooded or overgrown and the blazes, though consistent, can be somewhat sparse; plus a few hills)
Website – https://nj.gov/dep/parksandforests/parks/whartonstateforest.html Open – Sunrise to sunset, with overnight backpacking at designated campgrounds
Terrain – Lowlands, hills, cedar creeks, swamps/bogs/marshes, successional forest and grassland, ruins, abandoned railways, renaturalized cranberry [...]
Whispering Pines Trails– Wharton State Forest, Tabernacle, Burlington County, NJ Distance – 5.6 miles total of trail (5.3 loop when I hiked it, avoiding the overlap). Option for a 1.7 mile loop if taking just the White Trail. Type – lolipop with a big loop and a bigger loop Difficulty: 1 of 10
Website – Wharton State Forest Open – Sunrise to Sunset.
Terrain – Forest and some swamp Surface – Mostly sand
Trailhead – N 39° 50.818 W 074° 40.570 Note – trail can also be accessed via Friendship Creek Preserve, which the back section of trail crosses.
Directions – Intersection of Patty Bowker Road and [...]
1808 Trail- Sand and Water Trail – Batona Loop – Wharton State Forest, Washington Township, Burlington County, NJ Distance – 7.2 miles total (can explore just the 1808 Trail with a shorter out-and-back from Buttonwood) Type – Loop Difficulty: 3 of 10
Updated March 25, 2023 – Added in info for starting at Buttonwood.
Website – https://nj.gov/dep/parksandforests/parks/whartonstateforest.html Open – Sunrise to Sunset.
Terrain – Swamps, forest, meadows Surface – Dirt
Trailheads – 39° 38.620’N, 74° 38.812’W – Trail starts behind the Batsto Visitors Center. Go through the gap in the rail fence to the [...]