I’ve hiked almost 200 trails in South Jersey, and my “To Hike” list is still ridiculously long. This is totally a good thing, and I use this page to keep track of what I haven’t done! It should be called “Future adventures!”
Lots and lots and lots of hikes and paddle trips out there waiting in South Jersey, and this is definitely not all of them that I have left to do. Have suggestion? Post a comment or email us at email@example.com
This is where I keep track of all the trails I’ve found or heard about, but haven’t been able to hike yet!
Barrington Walking Trails – Barrington, NJ – 4 trails down, 9 to go!
Cooper Poynt Park – Camden, NJ
Lindenwold Park Trail – ??? miles
Waterford Township (Atco, etc) –
Marilyn Beard Trailhead Park – Atco, NJ – Trails of 12 and 15.5 miles left!
Bass River Township –
Ballanger Creek Restoration Area (Bass River State Forest) – Field Trail (0.4), Forest Trail (0.6), Creek Trail (1.0)
Brown’s Mills –
Rechnitz Preserve – ? miles of trails. Trails are supposed to be overgrown.
Lilmkiln Alley Nature Trail – Bordentown, NJ – proposed, ever built?
Future Joseph Bonaparte Park – Bordentown, NJ
Bear Swamp Preserve – Medford and Southampton, NJ
Ester Yanai Preserve – Moorestown, NJ – short trail
South Valley Woods Preserve – Moorestown, NJ (blazed, but faded)
Susan Stevens Halbe Preserve (unmarked trails around lake) – Moorestown, N
Wigmore Acres – Moorestown, NJ – short trail
Pemberton Township (Brown’s Mills, etc) –
Pemberton Lake WMA – Pemberton, NJ – fishing trails around the lake
Greenwood Branch Preserve – Pemberton, NJ – 1/2 trail
Southampton (Vincentown, Red Lion, etc)-
Bear Swamp at Red Lion Preserve – Southampton, NJ – unmarked trails
Washington Township (Batsto, etc) –
Lost Lane Road – Penn State Forest – Jenkin’s Neck, NJ (Thanks Steve!) – 4 miles with pygmy pines!
Sandy Crest to Pine Ridge Hike – Pine Barrens – 6.5 miles
Penn Branch Trail – Batsto, NJ – 19.3 mile long trail dedicated to offroad biking.
Batsto Fire Trail – Batsto, NJ – 6.2 mile loop (Bike trail)
Oak Hill Trail – Batsto, NJ – 2.5 miles – runs between the Batsto Fire Trail, Teaberry Trail and Huckleberry Trail (Bike trail)
Huckleberry Trail – Batsto, NJ – 5 mile loop off of Batsto Fire Trail (combined with Batsto Fire Trail for a 9.6 mile loop) (Bike Trail)
Teaberry Trail – Batsto, NJ – 0.8 mile connector between Oak Hill Trail and Huckleberry Trail (Bike Trail)
Woodland Township (Chatsworth, Lebanon, etc) –
Sooy Place Preserve – Woodland, NJ – no marked trails, but can do roadwalks
Franklin Township (Malaga, etc) –
White Oak Branch WMA – Franklin Twp, NJ – 4 miles?
Logan Township –
Raccoon Creek WMA – Logan Township, NJ
South Harrison Township –
Stewart Memorial Park and Harrisonville Lake WMA – South Harrison Township, NJ
West Deptford Park – West Deptford, NJ – Thanks Roger!
Woolwich Township –
Raccoon Creek WMA – Logan & Woolwich Townships, NJ –
Elmer Lake WMA
Pilesgrove Township –
Featherbed Lane WMA – Pilesgrove, NJ
Camp Crockett County Park – Pilesgrove, NJ
Burden Hill Forest – Quinton, NJ
Salem River WMA – Salem, NJ – 0.2 miles
Bridgetown, NJ –
Albert J. Kolonich, Jr. Nature Trail – Bridgeton City Park – Bridgeton, NJ
Bridgeton Trails – a few miles of trails – may or may not be related to Kolonich Nature Trail
Cedarville, NJ –
Lummis Ponds Preserve – Cedarville, NJ
Commercial Township, NJ-
Mauricetown Trail – ??? miles
Downe Township –
Bear Swamp West – Downe, NJ (Natural Lands Trust) and article
Fairfield Township (Fairton, etc) –
Green Swamp Area Cohansey River Watershed Restoration Area – Fairton, NJ
Cohansey River Watershed Restoration Area – 1 mile or so
Greenwich Township, NJ –
Bayside Tract – Greenwich, NJ
Matt’s Landing at Heislerville WMA – Heislerville, NJ
Maurice River Township –
Dike Trail – Heislerville WMA – Heislerville, NJ – 1 mile (one way)
Buckshutem Wildlife Management Area – 1.5 miles one way
Union Lake WMA – Millville, NJ – miles of unmarked trails
Menantico Preserve (8747 Ferry Road, Millville, NJ 08332) – Millville, NJ
Willow Oak Natural Area (4196 E Landis Ave) – ???
Cape Map County
Some out-and-back dune trails.
Cape May –
Higbee Beach – Cape May, NJ – 6 locations
Cape May Courthouse –
Cape May County Park East – boardwalk by fishing lake (short trail)
Del Haven –
Cape May County Park South/Fishing Creek Wildlife Preserve – stroll along the beach.
Middle Township –
Woodcock Trail (1.0 miles with a 0.4 mile side loop) – Delaware Bay Division – Cape May National Wildlife Refuge – Middle Township, NJ
Beaver Swamp Fish and Wildlife Management Area – Middle Township, NJ –
Middle Township Bike Path – 8.9 miles (one way)
Robert Wisting Recreation Complex (aka Fort Apache) – (Fulling Mill Road, close to RT 47 S. – park by the playground) – short trail along frisbee golf course.
North Dennis Township –
Jakes Landing – Dennis Creek WMA – North Dennis Township, NJ
Stone Harbor –
Salt Marsh Trail @ The Wetlands Institute (fee for access)
Stone Harbor Point
Upper Township (Tuckahoe, etc) –
Tuckahoe WMA – Tuckahoe, NJ
Buena Vista Township –
Michael Debbi Park – Buena Vista Township, NJ – newly opened nature trail!
Cedar Lake WMA – Buena Vista Township, NJ – short trails
Egg Harbor Township –
Riverbend Park of Atlantic County – Egg Harbor Township, NJ
Estell Manor –
Dorothy Preserve – Estell Manor, NJ
Great Egg Harbor WMA – Folsom, NJ (8th St)
Galloway Tract – Galloway, NJ –
Hamilton Township (Mays Landing, etc) –
Lake Lenape County Park – Mays Landing, NJ – 2 mile old road, one way
Atlantic County Rail Trail @ Hamilton Preserve – Hamilton Township, NJ
Mullica Township –
Pleasant Mills Preserve – Mullica Township, NJ (surrounded by Hammonton Creek WMA)
Weymouth Township –
Great Egg Harbor WMA – Belcoville, NJ
Barnegat Branch Trail County Park – Eventually 15.6 miles, currently 6 miles or so open.
Berkeley Township –
Perimeter Loop Trail (2.25 miles) or Nature Trail (1.5 miles) – Double Trouble State Park Hikes – Bayville, NJ (Thanks Steve!)
Mill Creek County Park – Berkeley Township, NJ
Florence T. Allen Conservation Area – Berkeley Township, NJ
Jackson Township –
Collier’s Mills WMA – Jackson, NJ
New Jersey Forest Resource Education Center – Jackson, NJ – 8 miles of trails
Lacey Township –
Forked River Mountains Preserve – Lacey Township, NJ
Eno’s Pond County Park – Lacey Township
Lakewood Township –
Ocean County Park – Lakewood, NJ
Hampton Pines Preserve – Lakewood Township, NJ (Trails under construction)
Little Egg Harbor Township –
Freedom Fields County Park – Little Egg Harbor Township, NJ
Ballanger Creek Habitat Enhancement Area – Little Egg Harbor Township, NJ (thanks Matt!)
Loveladies (Long Beach Island) –
Long Beach Island Foundation Nature Trail – 0.4 miles (can’t tell if this is one way or total out and back)
Manchester Township –
Crossley Preserve – Manchester and Berkley Townships
Greenwood Forest WMA – Manchester, NJ – no marked trails, but lots of roads to explore (already did boardwalk)
Ocean Township (Waretown, etc)-
Sand Point Harbor Preserve – Ocean Township, NJ
Point Pleasant, NJ –
Beaver Dam Creek County Park – Point Pleasant, NJ – short nature trail
Port Republic –
Keep Conservation Preserve – Port Republic, NJ
Port Republic WMA – Port Republic, NJ
Seaside Park –
Island Beach Trail – Seaside Park, NJ
Turkey Swamp Trail – Freehold, NJ
Union Transporation Rail Trail – Freehold, NJ – 7.2 miles (one way) (Thanks Sue!)
Imlaystown, NJ –
Clayton Park – several miles of trails
Huber Woods – Middletown, NJ – 8 miles (Thanks Jim!)
Shark River Park – Neptune, NJ – 5 miles-ish
Lawrence Township –
Mercer Meadows – ? miles
Two Bridges Trail – Trenton, NJ – 3 miles
Trenton Riverfront Park – Trenton, NJ
D&R Canal State Park – 70 miles (33 miles Trenton to New Brunswick)
West Windsor –
Mercer County Park – West Windsor, NJ (6.1 miles)
This is where I post about canoe trips that I’ve heard about and want to do, but just haven’t had time yet! Suggestions very welcome! Just post a comment or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Camden County –
New Brooklyn County Park – Winslow, NJ
Burlington County –
Absegami Lake – Bass River State Forest – Bass River Township, NJ
Gloucester County –
Stewart Lake – Woodbury, NJ
Dennis Township Wetland Restoration Site – Delmont, NJ (Canoeing)
Egg Island WMA and The Glades Paddling Trails- Fortesque, NJ
Cape May County
Great Bay Blvd WMA – Tuckerton, NJ
Atlantic County –
Cedar Lake WMA – Buena Vista Township, NJ – canoeing
Lake Lenape County Park – Mays Landing, NJ
All county maps by David Benbennick – The maps use data from nationalatlas.gov, specifically countyp020.tar.gz on the Raw Data Download page. The maps also use state outline data from statesp020.tar.gz. Licensed under Public Domain via Wikimedia Commons.
Hello — I am really impressed with your arsenal of hikes & parks! I have been
to many of the same ones myself (mainly Atlantic, Ocean, Burlington,
Monmouth, Camden, Gloucester, Cumberland & Cape May counties.) Also
have some hike time in PA (Evansburg State Park, Ridley Creek SP,
parks/trails in Lancaster & York Counties and others), and even a little
“experience” in the beautiful Acadia National Park (been almost 8 years
though — gotta get back there at some point!) Thanks to your excellent blog
here, I learned of a few places I didn’t even know existed: Eagles’ Walk in
Vincentown (checked that one off my list about 2 weeks ago), Black Run
Preserve and Lizard Tail Swamp Preserve (now on my “to-do” hike list!)
Anyway — because you welcomed suggestions…how about Hartshorne
Woods & nearby Huber Woods (Monmouth County)? Not sure if you already
visited those, but they are very decent parks for both hiking and biking. As
for your “future” hikes — a lot of great ones on there. I would highly
recommend Allaire SP (which is actually in Monmouth County, if I’m not
mistaken), Parvin SP, Belleplain’s East Creek Trail (much better in the past
four years or so since the local Boy Scouts Club built some boardwalks over
otherwise wet/mucky areas), and Jake’s Branch. I was at JB in 2011…looks
like they added a few more trails since then (Green, Orange & Yellow). Also,
it looks like part of the Yellow trail follows “Pine Street”, which leads into
Double Trouble SP; could be good for a “2-for-1” special!
Anyway, perhaps I’ll run into you at one of the parks/trails sometime. Once
again — great blog; in fact, I may just get inspired to start one of my own
sometime! Happy hiking!
Thanks Jim! Glad you’re enjoying it.
Thanks for the trail tips! I’d never heard of Hartshorne
Woods or Huber Woods, so I’ll definitely add them to the list. Never been to Parvin or Jake’s Branch, so I’m excited for those (I think Parvin is my next “big day out” trail). The rest sound great too =)
How … or where … can we find out about this guided Hike on the Batona Trail section crossing the Franklin Parker Preserve on April 18th ?
Hey Jack. The hike’s being put on by the New Jersey Conservation Foundation. You can find more info on their website at https://donate.njconservation.org/2015-top-to-bottom-hike
Birch Grove in Atlantic County and Higbee Beach and the Cape May point trails in Cape May County are musts!
Awesome! I’ve had a few folks recommend Higbee Beach lately, it’s definitely on the list. Where is Birch Grove? I haven’t heard of that one.
I second Sarah’s notion about Birch Grove Park! Plenty of ponds, and trails in between to see every one of them! (There’s even a small covered bridge on one of them!) Plenty of other things there as well, such as a playground (great for The Pres and Tree Rider!), and fishing.
As Sarah said, Birch Grove Park is in Atlantic County…more specifically, in Northfield, NJ. It’s off a road called Burton Ave., which is just off Tilton Road. (If you are coming down the Garden State Parkway Southbound, Tilton Road (CR 563) will be Exit 36A. The driveway is pretty long (goes by an athletic field), but will eventually lead to a decent-sized parking lot.
Hope this helps — the park is great to visit any time of the year!