Rancocas Point Trail – Mt Laurel, Burlington County, NJ
Distance: 0.5 miles (1 mile out and back)
Type: Out and back
Difficulty: 1 of 10.
Total score: 3 of 10. But with lots of future promise.
Terrain – March, woodlands, and suburban developments, all along the waterfront
Trail heads – Parking lot at Carucci’s Restaurant – 39° 59.832’N, 74° 52.574’W. If facing restaurant from the parking lot, trail head is on the left side of the building.
Map: Awesome map
Directions: 876 Old Centerton Rd, Mt Laurel, NJ 08054
Standouts – Nice view of Rancocas Creek.
Markings – None, but almost impossible to lose it.
Description: Park at Carucci’s Restaurant, the trail head is to the left side of the building. The trail is made of crushed stone dust, so it very easy to walk.
This trail is a half mile out, following near the edge of Rancocas Creek the whole way. It’s not exactly a wilderness trail…
but it has some nice views. Think of it as a half mile down payment on the proposed Rancocas Greenway Trail, a 25 mile trail that would connect the various parks along the southern side of the Rancocas Creek, like Boundary Creek (less tan 1 1/2 miles away), Rancocas State Park, Long Bridge County Park, and others. All in all, that would create one of the longest trails in New Jersey, all within 15 minutes of my apartment (I’m sure that was a large consideration when they planned it).
Anyway, the trail heads away from the delicious smelling food, along a fence behind some nice homes.
You’ll soon hit a nice viewpoint, complete with bench.
From the bench, you’ll walk down an extremely well build bridge, which leads behind another development..
All too soon, the trail comes to an end near Parker’s Creek.. I definitely look forward to the day where they can extend this trail just over a mile to join up with Boundary Creek.
Overall recommendation: Nice, short walk, perfect for a day like today where it wasn’t very warm. Can be combined with many nearby parks for a longer day out. As I said before, I hope they do manage to pull off the connected trail system one day!