Five years ago, I started a blog about hiking in South Jersey as an excuse to go exploring with my then one year old son. I expected maybe four people to ever read it, and that estimate included if my mom could figure out how to get to it to see pictures of her grandson (she hasn’t yet).
Five years (and two kids later), we’ve explored 166 trails in South Jersey and counting. We’ve made many new friends, been invited to part of some amazing experiences, and have had a total of ELEVEN people read our posts (okay, maybe more like fourteen people… wait, 700,000 hits so far!?).
So, in celebration of five years, we present the Top 20 Trails in South [...]
Assiscunk Creek Park – Burlington Township, Burlington County, NJ Distance – about 3 miles of trails total Type – connected loops with an out-and-back Difficulty: 1 of 10
Website – Burlington Township Parks Open – Sunrise to Sunset.
Terrain – Fields, woods, and pond Surface – Paved, gravel, dirt, depending on stretch of trail
Trailheads – we started at 40° 4’9.65″N, 74°49’1.41″W, but also parking at the sports fields and the municipal complex.
Unexpected Wildlife Refuge – Newfield, Gloucester County, NJ Distance – 10 miles of trails. (Did 5 miles here the first time, and 3.75 the second) Type – Web of trails Difficulty: 6 of 10 – for balancing acts on bridges and getting over/around/under blow downs
Website – http://www.unexpectedwildliferefuge.org/ Open – By appointment (see how to make an appointment below)
Terrain – pinelands and swamps Surface – dirt, sand, bridges
Trailheads – 39°33’35.68″N, 74°55’44.25″W
Egg Island Wildlife Management Area – Fortesque (Downe Township), Cumberland County, NJ Distance – 1 mile total (but could have gone further) Type – Out-and-back Difficulty: 1 of 10 Total score: 6 of 10
Website – None Open – Sunrise to Sunset.
Terrain – Salt marsh and beach Surface – Mostly sandy beach
Trailheads – 39°13’25.30″N, 75° 9’59.11″W. Note that this trailhead IS the road.