State Parks Closed!? Beautiful alternatives for hiking in South Jersey!

So New Jersey has shut down its state parks until… well, we don’t know when (see the full list of closures ).  My only comment about this is “Ladies and gentlemen, your state government at work!”  And we’ll leave it at that.

The good news?  County, local, and private parks to the rescue!  Below is a sampling of parks and trails that are open for business as usual (note that this list is not definitive, just some of my favorites).  So shake your fists collectively in anger toward Trenton, then work out that anger by going for a beautiful hike this weekend anyway!

Camden County

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Saddlers Woods

Barclay Farmstead Trail – Cherry Hill, NJ – 1.5 miles
Croft Farms Trails – Cherry Hill, NJ – up to 2 miles
Blueberry Hill Trail – Gibbsboro, NJ – up to 2 1/2 miles
Timber Creek County Park – Glendora, NJ – 5 miles of trails
Hopkins Pond Trail – Haddonfield, NJ – 3/4 of a mile
Saddler’s Woods – Haddon Township, NJ – up to 2 miles
Blue Hole Trail – Winslow, NJ 1.6 miles

Burlington County

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Parker Preserve

Taylor Farm Preserve – Cinnaminson, NJ – 3.5 miles
Franklin Parker Preserve – Chatsworth, NJ – many miles of trails, but our favorite is the 6 mile long Red Trail
Black Run Preserve– Evesham, NJ
Rancocas Nature Center – Westampton, NJ – Rancocas State Park is listed as closed, but Mary let me know that the Rancocas Nature Center is open for business (err… naturing!)!  Just make sure to park/enter through the Nature Center at 794 Rancocas Road.  The building will be closed on Monday and Tuesday for the holiday, but the trails are still open for hiking.
Eagles Walk – Vincentown, NJ – 1.7 miles
Amico Island County Park – Riverside, NJ – 2 1/2 miles
Historic Smithville Park – Eastampton, NJ – 4.1 miles
Cedar Run Wildlife Refuge – Medford, NJ – several miles (entrance fee, goes to help the animals!)
Boundary Creek Park – Moorestown, NJ – 1.3 miles
Palmyra Cove Nature Park – Palmyra, NJ – many miles of trails (our favorite is the Cove Trail, about two miles total out-and-back
Michael Huber Prarie Warbler Preserve – Woodland Township, NJ – 11 miles of trails (Treat for ticks ahead of time!)

Gloucester County

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Floodgates Road

Old Pine Farm – Deptford, NJ – over 1 mile
Floodgates Road – Gibbstown, NJ – 2 miles
Red Bank Battlefield Park – National Park, NJ
Ceres Park – Sewell, NJ
Wenonah Trails East of the Tracks and West of the Tracks – Wenonah, NJ – 6 miles of trails
And this is NOT on the closed list – Tall Pines State Preserve – Sewell, NJ – 4 miles or more of trails

Salem County

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Elephant Swamp Trail

Elephant Swamp Trail – Elmer to Elk Township, NJ – 6 miles (one way)
Supawna Meadows National Wildlife Refuge – Pennsville, NJ – 2 1/3 miles of trails

Cumberland County

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Glades Wildlife Preserve

Maurice River Bluffs Preserve – Millville, NJ – 5 miles of trails
Bivalve Nature Trail – Bivalve, NJ – 4 miles round trip
Glades Wildlife Preserve – Dividing Creek, NJ – many miles of trails
Eldora Nature Preserve – Delmont, NJ – 3 miles of trails
Peek Preserve – Millville, NJ – 3 miles of trails

Cape May County

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Lizard Tail Swamp Preserve

 

Cameron Wildlife Sanctuary – Palermo, NJ – 1.2 miles
Lizard Tail Swamp Preserve– Cape May Courthouse, NJ – 3 miles
Cedar Swamp Trail – Cape May National Wildlife Refuge – Dennis Township, NJ – 1.2 miles
Two Mile Beach Unit – Cape May National Wildlife Refuge – Wildwood Crest, NJ – 2 miles

Atlantic County

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Mill Pond Trail – Port Republic

Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge – Galloway Township, NJ – 4 miles of trails
Estell Manor County Park – Estell Manor, NJ – 18 miles of trails
Egg Harbor Township Nature Preserve – Egg Harbor Township, NJ – 6 miles
Port Republic Trail System – Port Republic, NJ – many miles of trails

Ocean County
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Wells Mills County Park

Wells Mills County Park – Ocean Township, NJ – 14.5 miles of hiking trails
Jakes Branch County Park – Beachwood, NJ – 8.6 miles of trails
Cloverdale Farm County Park – Barnegat, NJ – 1.5 miles of trail
Lochiel Creek Park – Barnegat, NJ – 2.3 miles of trail

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4 responses to “State Parks Closed!? Beautiful alternatives for hiking in South Jersey!

  1. Sorry for the closings but the alternative sure look good. I can’t join you in NJ but I hope many can take advantage of the beautiful parks around you
    Rowdy

  2. Thank you for this! Sharing this on my facebook page.

  3. Jim Ryan

    Thank you for the information about the state parks…hadn’t been watching much news, and I stumbled upon this blog entry before I heard the news of the state shutdown! Actually saw signs periodically on the AC Expressway which said “All State Parks Closed.” Makes me wonder what would happen if someone was on a long-distance trail (such as The Batona) which can be accessed in so many ways other than State Park entrances…are there rangers there “turning people around”?? (Oh, that’s right…park rangers wouldn’t be working either!)

    O.K. — enough of the rant…I wasn’t planning on going to any state parks today anyway. The reason I was on the AC Expressway was to get to one of the hikes you did a while back and I have been meaning to see: Wenonah Woods. I did a few of the East side of the tracks trails, such as the Eldridge Loop (though I didn’t realize it was supposed to be a loop at first; I thought it ended at Comey’s Lake), Comey’s Lake Loop, Indian Trail and both Monongahela Brook Loop and Trail. (Whew — the one side of Monongahela Loop was pretty much non-existent…*lots* of figuring out where the trail was supposed to be without stepping in muck and potentially twisting my ankle!) Some trail work needed here…and I wish they would, because the scenery was absolutely excellent! Oh, and you are always saying that something “new” is going on at WW — well, feast your eyes on this: There is a new boardwalk on the section of Eldridge Loop beginning where the Monongahela Brook Loop/Trail comes in. (It was built by the Wenonah Lions Club and W.E.C. Project in…well, 2017!)

    After following the Monongahela Trail past Marion Ave., I came to an intersection with another trail which runs along a creek — I’m assuming this was Mantua Creek? (I didn’t see a wooden sign there, but it may have been the Mantua Creek Trail.) Also, I came upon & went under a huge train trestle, so I’m guessing I was actually on the West side of the tracks by that time. But the trail actually moved away from the creek, and ended on a street which I believe was supposed to be Cedar Ave.; now I’m thinking that this was perhaps a different trail? (I also saw no sign at the end of the trail, so I can’t be totally sure which trail it was.) I looked at your pix from the West side of the tracks (Mantua Creek Trail), and didn’t really recognize any of them, so it looks like I will need to return to WW sometime to check out the West side of the tracks trails!

    Anyway — thank you (as always) for the blog…there are so many interesting places you found, and I’m glad to be finally catching up a little! (In fact, I’m not sure whether to do the West side trails next at WW, or check out the Tall Pines Preserve…so many darn *choices*!!) 🙂

    Anyway — I look forward to your next adventure!

    Jim

    • Apparently, park police are considered essential employees, so they are out there turning people away (nicely from all reports).

      Luckily, Wenonah and Tall Pines are next to each other! I have to say, Wenonah became much clearer to me when I got the map for $3 from the town hall, its MUCH better than the one they (and I) have posted on the site, it’s worth the $3 if you happen to get there at a time the building is open.

      Anyway, glad to hear you enjoyed Wenonah! They are constantly upgrading (as you saw), so I’m sure they’ll get the one end of that trail firmed up sometime soon. I’m hoping to go down there Tuesday morning, they have an annual 4th of July hike, but I haven’t seen which trail they are doing posted anywhere!

      As for choosing between the rest of Wenonah and Tall Pines, they are right next to each other. 🙂

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