Lumberton Nature Trail – Lumberton, Burlington County, NJ
Distance: 1.9 miles total out and back (just under a mile one way)
Difficulty: 3 of 10.
Total score: 3 of 10.
Terrain – hills, fields, stream
Trailheads – on Dartmoor Drive – 39°57’54.22″N, 39°57’54.22″N. Can also be accessed from the sports fields on Municipal Drive.
Directions: Drive down Municipal Drive, turn left onto Waverly Dr, then a left onto the very, very, very short Dartmoor Drive.
Standouts – Bobby’s Run, a tributary of Rancocas Creek.
Markings – None, but mostly covered in stone, so very hard to lose.
Description: It was the beautiful Saturday before Easter, so the kids decided to take us hiking. Our goal – the Lumberton Nature Trail.
The trail starts from a very unassuming dead end road. I was unsure it was a trail at first until I saw the park bench just a bit down. The trail drops down a steep bit of walkway to Bobby’s Run, a tributary of Rancocas Creek.
Once you hit the bottom, the trail follows along the creek, which is in a large bowl-shaped indentation in the earth. It’s pretty awesome. You’ll cross a nice wooden bridge, then climb back up to the rim of the bowl.
At the top, you can step off the trail to the right a few steps and get a nice view up and down the gully.
If the trail had stopped here (maybe 0.3 of a mile in), I would have been very happy with the hike. But once it hits the top of the rim, it keeps going for over half a mile. On the edge of soccer fields. And lacrosse fields. And parking lots. And behind the school. It’s not a bad thing to have a walking path around those areas (we’re reviewed several of them on here), but I was disappointed, because this was billed as a nature trail, and only a small section was really in nature.
When you get to the end (near the school building), turn around and come back the way you came.
Overall recommendation: If you’re in the area, worth stopping in to walk the stream, but stop before you hit the sports fields. If you live in the area, great walk for exercising. Don’t make a special trip to see it though.
Also in the area: An old Nike Missile Base is just around the corner from this trail.