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South Jersey Hikes - Recent Additions - 3/15/12

We've added several pages of South Jersey hikes... an area that often gets overshadowed by north Jersey's rugged hiking.

For hike details, photos and some video check out....

 

Double Trouble State Park
Easy, sandy trails through pine barrens and around cranberry bogs with views of Cedar Creek and Mill Pond Reservoir.

Jakes Branch County Park
Easy trails plus a playground and picnic area makes this a great destination for families. Be sure to check out the observation deck for outstanding views of the Pine Barrens!

Bass River State Forest
The focal point of this park is Lake Absegami, a popular swimming area in the summer. Super easy, flat, sand and pine needle covered trails and woods roads.

Batsto Lake Trail, Wharton S.F.
Easy loop through New Jersey's Pine Barrens and along Batsto Lake. Be sure to explore the historical Village of Batsto after your hike.

Woods of Wenonah
The Woods of Wenonah is a U-shaped wooded area that surrounds the town of Wenonah. Hike the entire park for a 6 mile round trip.

Estelle Manor Park
Easy romp through the Pine Barrens that includes a long and rather nifty section of boardwalk on the Swamp Trail.

Belleplain State Forest - East Creek Trail
Hike in southern New Jersey's Pine Barrens from Lake Nummy, past East Creek Pond, and through stands of Atlantic white cedar.

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Comment by Linda Frank on March 16, 2012 at 1:09am

Turkey Swamp Park in Freehold may perhaps be noteworthy for this category because it's considered part of the northernmost portion of the Pine Barrens.  We've hiked the trails here at least a half dozen times and snowshoed them quite often, too.  

Linda

Comment by njHiking.com on March 16, 2012 at 10:35am

Funny you mention that park... I have a page on Turkey Swamp to do. I've actually got quite a backlog of hikes/video that we've done that I still need to create pages for the site... we tend to hike more than we have time to write I guess :)

Dawn

Comment by Linda Frank on March 17, 2012 at 3:58pm

we tend to hike more than we have time to write I guess :)

I'm guessing that's a good thing in the long run. ;-)

Another possible addition to this list (although technically not in my opinion a "hike" per se but more like a good, rugged walk) is Barnegat Branch Trail in Ocean County.  It's been in the completion process for years and years (right of way and funding, duh).  So far they've completed Phase I, II & III.   Phase I & II  amount to 6.2 miles out and back, while Phase III is separate and requires you to drive further up to it's trailhead.  It's 4 miles out and back. 

We've did them both last summer when it was just too hot to travel too far.  Besides, it was closer to the shore and presented a good opportunity to grab an ice cream and a cooler surf breeze at the boardwalk.

Linda

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