9/11 Memorial Trail – Chestnut Branch Park – Mantua, Gloucester County, NJ Distance – 1.1 miles total round trip Type – Lollipop Difficulty: 2 of 10 Total score: 6 of 10
Website – Mantua Parks Open – Sunrise to Sunset.
Terrain – small hills in a wooded area Surface – paved (entrance trail) and dirt (woods trail)
Trailheads – 39°46’17.92″N, 75° 9’49.80″W
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 39°46’47.57″N, 75° 8’20.17″W
Washington Lake Park – Sewell, Gloucester County, NJ Distance: 2.5 miles of hiking on 9 hiking trails, 2.85 miles of additional paved jogging/walking trails. Unknown number of unmarked trails on the other side of the lake. Type: Interconnected loops Difficulty: 3 of 10 (brief water crossing, trails on the back end of the lake not nearly as well marked) Total score: 7 of 10
Website – Washington Lake Park Open – Sunrise to Sunset.
*NOTE – to my readers who take their dogs hiking with them, there is a dog park located in the park (off the Greentree Road entrance according to loyal reader Roger), but dogs are not allowed on the rest of the [...]
Ceres Park – Mantua Township/Pitman, Gloucester County, NJ Distance: We did 1.6 miles missing some official trails, There are a ton of unoffial trails back here, which wind through the park and connect to county owned land next door. Type: Lollipop (officially), but lots of side trails to explore Difficulty: 2 of 10 (blow downs that used to be a problem are clear) Total score: 9 of 10 Updated – April 17, 2017
Website – Mantua Township Parks Site Official Facebook – Ceres Park Save Ceres Park Facebook – Save Ceres Park Open – Sunrise to Sunset.
Terrain – woods and cedar swamp surrounding lakes that were marl [...]