Ted Stiles Preserve at Baldpate Mountain, Titusville, NJ

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Summit Trail, NW Loop Trail, and Ridge Trail – Ted Stiles Preserve at Baldpate Mountain – Titusville, Mercer County, NJ

Distance: 4 1/2 miles (12 miles of trails in the park)
Type: Loop (more trails we did not get to hike)
Difficulty: 7 of 10.
Total score: 8 of 10.

Terrain – hills, forests, fields

Trailheads – 40° 19.107’N,  74° 53.433’W (Parking lot at start of Summit Trail).  Other parking areas and trailheads in the park.

Directions: Located off of Fiddler’s Creek Road.

Standouts – nice 350+ foot climb, view from the top!

Markings – Colored blazes (blue for Summit Trail, white for Ridge Trail, red for NW Loop Trail)

NOTE: BE CAREFUL!!!  Hunting is allowed in this park during season, so it’s recommended that you do not hike on days where hunting may be taking place in the park (roughly November to February).  There is no hunting on Sundays in New Jersey, so Sundays are clear year round.

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Richterman Trail – Cherry Hill, NJ

Richterman Trail – Cherry Hill Trail System – Cherry Hill, Camden County, NJ
Distance: 0.45 miles (one way)
Type: Out-and-back
Difficulty: 1 of 10.
Total score: 2 of 10.

Terrain –Flat woodlands

Trailheads –  39°52’13.55″N,  74°57’25.82″W

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September 24 -I Made It

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Back in March, I blabbered on about backpacking and the Appalachian Trail and some thru-hikers I’d be following virtually this season. Today, one of them summited Katahdin. HUGE congrats to Dr. Dave on achieving his dream of doing the whole AT!

Originally posted on Hike It Forward:

Today was a perfect day to summit Katahdin. More details tomorrow but I am officially a Thru-Hiker!!!!!

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Conestoga Trail: Pequea Creek to House Rock – Pequea, PA

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Conestoga Trail: Pequea Creek Campground to House Rock– Pequea, Lancaster County, PA
Distance: 6 miles round trip
Type: Out and back
Difficulty: 8 of 10 – some very steep up and downs, including areas
Total score: 10 of 10.

Terrain – Steep hills, not for the faint of heart.

Trailheads –  39° 53.577’N,  76° 21.480’W (Pequea Creek Campground)

Camping – Pequea Creek Campground – family owned campground run by some really nice people.

Directions – 86 Fox Hollow Road, Pequea, PA 17565

Parking – If camping, park at the campground.  Not sure where you would park otherwise, as I’ve always camped when doing this hike.

Standouts – House Rock with a great view of the Susquehanna River and Wind Cave, which you can explore!

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Old Orchards Trail – Cherry Hill, NJ

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Old Orchards Trail – Cherry Hill Trail System– Cherry Hill, Camden County, NJ
Distance: Just under a mile of trails
Type: Figure 8.
Difficulty: 1 of 10.
Total score: 3 of 10.

Maintained by the good people at Cherry Hill Trail Crew

Terrain – Forest and meadow

Trailheads –  39° 53.242’N,  74° 57.223’W

Directions: Located on Thornhill Road in Cherry Hill, NJ.

Parking – Along Thornhill Road or a few spots at the playground.

Standouts – No real standouts, but a nice little hike.

Markings – Color coded signs at intersections

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Palmyra Nature Cove Revisted – Palmyra, NJ

Our second guest post!  This one is from my buddy Dave, who (along with his wife Mary) have been loyal followers of this blog, suggesting some great trails that I’ve gone to check out, and hiking many of the trails featured here.  Thanks for sharing your adventure Dave and Mary!

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Palmyra Nature Cover (Revisted) – Palmyra, Burlington County, NJ

Distances: 8 miles of trails (this hike covered four miles)
Difficulty: 2 of 10
Rating: 8 of 10

Highlights: Wildlife and views of Pennsylvania and the bridges

Took advantage of the recent cool weather and got in a 4 mile walk at this hidden gem.  It’s located at the foot of the Tacony-Palmyra Bridge on the South Jersey side. Just take the jug handle for in front of the F.C. Kerbeck auto dealer and follow the signs to the park.  The park has a large visitors center which was closed before we finished but definitely worth checking out.  The first thing to mention about this is that it is a nature park. That means no pets allowed. (Our dog Jodi was rather insulted by this).  The trade off is you can walk right up to wild turkeys and deer with no problem.  We saw a group of about 8 turkeys and over 6 deer during our trip.

 

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Bortons Mill Trails – Cherry Hill, NJ

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Bortons Mills Trails – Cherry Hill, Camden County, NJ
Distance: Maybe a mile and half of trails with all the loops (we did 0.9 miles)
Type: interlocking loops
Difficulty: 1 of 10.
Total score: 3 of 10.

Website: www.cherryhilltrailcrew.com/

Note: This trail connects across the street with the

Terrain – flat, immature forest

Trailheads –  39° 53.759’N,  75° 0.863’W (Bortons Mill Road)

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