Category Archives: Canoeing

Penbryn WMA Paddle – Winslow, NJ


Penbryn Wildlife Management Area Paddle – Winslow, Camden County, NJ
Distance: Aimless paddling on this good size lake racked up a mile of distance.
Type: Out and back
Difficulty: 1 of 10
Total score: 4 of 10

Note – You can also hike here, as previously covered

Website – Penbryn WMA
Open – Sunrise to Sunset.

Terrain – Lakeside

Boat ramp – 39°45’55.40″N,  74°56’10.49″W

Directions:  Penbryn Road, Winslow, NJ (Note – in my GPS, it comes up as Berlin.) It’s just before the railroad track.

Parking: Roadside parking.  If parking in the small pull off areas, be careful that you aren’t blocking the boat ramp.

Standouts – Nice views of the lake.  Nice marsh at the back.

Map – Large map can be found at Penbryn WMA

My track. Only did one side of the pond.

Description: A few weeks ago, my Scouts had their weekly meeting, this week on how to use a canoe.  Instead of practicing in a field, they decided to head to nearby Penbryn Lake to practice.

Well, sometimes you head out to teach the new Scouts how to paddle around a lake and stumble into a gorgeous sunset.


But first, the proprieties must be observed.  There is a rough boat ramp (it drops off pretty quick) at the corner of the lake near to Penbryn Road.  From here, you can head out to explore the lake by canoe, kayak, or boat.  It’s not a huge lake, but its good for 45 minutes of exploring.  Bring your fishing rod, this is a popular local spot to fish.

Okay, now the sunset pictures.



Thanks to NJ Monthly for including a version of this shot as their “Instagram Shot of the Week” in their weekly email newsletter!


Best meeting of the year.

Overall – Not worth driving huge distance to get here, but its a pretty little lake to canoe around.  I’ve also hiked here (can do about a mile) and had a great time and The Pres’s very first time fishing was here too.  Pretty sunset not guaranteed.

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John’s Woods Preserve and Weymouth County Park – Mays Landing, NJ


John’s Woods Preserve and Weymouth County Park – ,  County, NJ
Distance –  2.5 miles total (not including wandering around Weymouth Furnace)
Type – Out and back with a branch down to the river.
Difficulty:  4 of 10 – trail not well marked, sometimes all but disappears.
Total score: 5 of 10

If you are looking for information on canoeing the Great Egg Harbor River from Weymouth, check here

Website – Atlantic County Parks
Open – 7:30 AM to 1/2 hour after sunset.

Terrain – woods with some wetlands
Surface – dirt and sand

Weymouth – no hiking trails
John’s Woods –  39°31’3.69″N,  74°46’47.96″W

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2016 – Year in Review – 10 Favorite Trails


In 2016, I hiked 32 new trails in South Jersey!  Why not take a look back at the highlights of an awesome year?

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Glades Wildlife Refuge – Dividing Creek, NJ


Glades Wildlife Refuge – Dividing Creek (Downe Township), Cumberland  County, NJ
Bald Eagle Trail – 1.5 miles round trip listed (1.75 miles round trip by GPS)
Maple Street Trail – Did not hike (yet)!
Warfle Farm Trail – Did not hike (yet)!
Tat Starr Trail – Did not hike (yet)!
Type – A series of out-and-back trails
Difficulty:  2 of 10 – although this has to go up in the summer, when I’m sure the bugs and the sun might be brutal.
Total score: 7 of 10

Website – Natural Lands Trust
Open – Sunrise to Sunset.

Terrain – tidal marshland
Surface – Dirt
Trailheads –
Bald Eagle Trail – 39°15’40.79″N, 75° 7’33.15″W
Maple Street Trail – ?
Warfle Farm Trail – ?
Tat Starr Trail – ?

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Wishbone Trail paddle – Rancocas Creek – Mt. Holly to Hainsport, NJ


Wishbone Trail – Rancocas Creek National Water Trail paddle – Mt. Holly to Hainsport, Burlington County, NJ
Distance – roughly 8 miles
Time – usually 3 to 4 hours (took us just over 3)
Type – down the North Branch of Rancocas Creek, then up the South branch!
Difficulty:  7 of 10 (for paddling against the current the last mile and a half)
Total score: 10 of 10

Website – Ranococas Creek National Water Trail (proposed)
Open – Sunrise to Sunset.

Terrain – the river passes through the middle of town, as well as through forests and swamps.

Launches – 
Mount Holly – Launch at 39°59’24.58″N, 74°46’46.55″W (end of Wollner Drive in Iron Works Park) OR just the other side of the dam at Iron Works Park at the footbridge at 39°59’31.00″N, 74°46’55.59″W. We chose the first put in, which required taking the canoe out to portage around the dam.


Take out –  Hainsport at Walnut Ave and Spruce Ave – 39°59’5.79″N,  74°50’37.40″W

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South Jersey Outdoor Clubs!


So folks reading this absurd blog routinely tell me they are a bit worried about hiking, canoeing, or otherwise adventuring alone.  They wish there was a group they could go with.  Well, there are lots of them!

Outdoor Club of South Jersey – hiking, backpacking, camping, canoeing, kayaking, biking, and more, both in South Jersey and in nearby areas, as well as trail maintenance. While I’ve never been a member, I know folks who have been and they love it.  You can try a hike or canoe/kayaking trip for free (except for any costs associated with the trip) before having to register as a member ($20 for an individual or $25 for a family as of 2016).

Gloucester County Nature Club and group – holding two activities each month (mostly hikes), one for families and one open to anyone.  All activities are open to the public, but I encourage you to join up if you find yourself attending a few of them ($20 if receiving an electronic newsletter, $25 if you want a print one). Did a hike with this group at Ceres Park and had a blast!

Hike It Baby! Burlington County – group for parents with children to get out and hike. Multiple hikes each week. We’ve done some hikes and led some hikes with this group, great for small kids and their folks! $10 per year per family.

Evesham Cycling Club – cycling club that has regular rides. Membership (2017) is $25 per person or $40 per family. Rides are rated by speed.

And, of course, yours truly leads a few Daddy-Kid Hikes every year.

Meetup Groups:

Women Only Hiking Meetup

Crazy Monkee Hikers and Outdoors Club

Philly Women Outdoors

Outdoor Groups for Youth:

Boy Scouts of America – Cub Scouts for boys Kindergarten to 5th Grade, Boy Scouts for Boys aged 11 to 17, and Venture Crew for Boys and Girls Aged 14 to 20.

Girl Scouts of Central and Southern New Jersey – for girls aged ? to 17.

And if your son aged 11-17 is looking to try some backpacking, hiking, canoeing, and camping, he can always come join the Boy Scout troop I run – Troop 48 – Berlin, NJ. Camping every month of the year and more backpacking than any troop in the area!  Who better to have in charge of a troop from that old person who hangs out with The Pres and Tree Rider on that internet hiking type site? If your son aged 5 to 10 is looking for hiking and camping, well, one more year until The Pres is old enough for Cub Scouts…

If you know other groups out in South Jersey or want to get on the e-mail list for future Daddy-Kid Hikes, please comment below or e-mail me at so I can add them to the list!  Please make sure suggestions are based in South Jersey!


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Introducing the South Jersey Trails interactive map!


It took a long while to get this sorted, but all my hikes (100+ of them), canoe trips, and in-state backpacking trips (Including the Batona Trail broken down by day), and sites of interest are now on one big, friendly Google map. This should make it WAY easy to see exactly what hiking trails are in your area!

For the full size map, click here




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