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Wharton State Forest - Atsion Loop - 2/27/11

We decided we couldn't bear to trudge through even one little bit of slushy snow today, so we opted to head down south again. The weather did not disappoint - 50 sunny degrees that felt more like the end of March than February.

This may be our favorite hike in the Pine Barrens. It's the typical pine trees and packed sandy trails, but adds in views along the…


Added by njHiking.com on February 27, 2011 at 8:41pm — No Comments

Thompson Park Conservation Area - 2/26/11

This is a small trail system located in Monroe Township. The wooded trails are easy, with a bit of rolling hills and a meandering stream.

This another addition to our list of close-by parks for a quick hike. At even less mileage than a park we did last week (…


Added by njHiking.com on February 26, 2011 at 11:05pm — No Comments

John A. Phillips Park, Old Bridge - 2/21/11

This is a small county park located in Old Bridge, NJ with a very nice trail system tucked away behind a ball field.

There are several well marked loops, with mileage marked on the park map. We managed to put a 5.1 mile loop together, and it would be easy to do less if you like.

Trail surface is very easy: level and soft pine needles, with boardwalks…


Added by njHiking.com on February 26, 2011 at 9:44pm — No Comments

Brendan Bryne – Pakim Pond and Mt. Misery Trail - 2/20/11

We tried this hike nearly one year ago to the day, but had to cut it short due to snow. So this time we waited for the snow to be finally gone from South Jersey before we headed down.

9.9 miles - This trail is a great sample of the pine barrens: endless pine, sandy trails covered in pine needles, and cranberry bogs. It’s also a hike that is…


Added by njHiking.com on February 24, 2011 at 2:34pm — 4 Comments

Jakes Branch County Park and Double Trouble State Park - 2/13/11

These two parks are a few minutes down the road from each other, in Ocean County.

Jakes Branch seems like relatively new park, with a 4 mile trail in addition to the usual ball fields, tennis courts, and picnic areas that county parks usually have. Be sure to head up the center's observation deck for a view of the park from 5 stories up.

Trails are…


Added by njHiking.com on February 18, 2011 at 6:09pm — 9 Comments

Turkey Swamp County Park - 2/6/11

This is a small park with very easy hiking, but with snow still on the ground and us needing something close-by that day... it fit the bill.

We planned a roughly 5-7 mile hike from Nomoco parking area, but that lot was closed. We headed to the main entrance off Georgia Rd. and parked at Oak Point.

We ended up cutting the hike short because sinking…


Added by njHiking.com on February 8, 2011 at 8:30pm — No Comments

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