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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!

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Riverfront Park/Floodgates Road – Greenwich Township, NJ

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Riverfront Park/Floodgates Road – Greenwich Township, Gloucester County, NJ
Distance –  2 miles (total out-and-back)
Type – out-and-back
Difficulty: 1 of 10
Total score: 6 of 10

Website – None (*GASP*)
Open – Sunrise to Sunset.

Terrain – along the Delaware River and marshes
Surface – Flat, gravel road

Trailheads – 39°49’53.24″N,  75°19’54.37″W

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Mill Pond Trail – Port Republic, NJ

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Mill Pond Trail – Port Republic Trail System  – Port Republic, Atlantic County, NJ
Distance – 1.9 miles total (does not include the cut through, nor the access trail to get to other parts of the wider trail system)
Type – Loop
Difficulty:  2 of 10
Total score: 7 of 10

Website – Port Republic Trail System (Facebook page, no website)
Open – Sunrise to Sunset.

Terrain – pine forest with a bit of swamp
Surface – dirt

Trailheads –  39°30’39.03″N,  74°30’15.30″W

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Corson’s Inlet State Park – Ocean City, NJ

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Corson’s Inlet State Park – Ocean City, Cape May County, NJ
Distance –  Rail trail – 0.75 total out-and-back.  Yellow Trail – 0.25 miles one way.  Red Trail – 0.4 miles one way.  We did 2.4 miles total covering all three of these and a beach walk back from the Red to Yellow Trail.  Can also extend this beach walk around the tip of the island.
Type – Series of out-and-back trails that can be looped off with beach walks if you choose.
Difficulty:  2 of 10
Total score: 7 of 10

Website – Corsons Inlet State Park
Open – Sunrise to Sunset.

Terrain – beach and dunes
Surface – gravel (rail trail) or sand (Yellow or Red Trails)

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Trailheads –39°13’1.92″ N,  74°38’45.74″ W (Rail trail from parking lot)
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39°12’59.56″N,  74°38’46.87″W (Yellow Trail from parking lot)
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39°13’7.57″N,  74°38’20.26″W (Red Trail from end of Central Ave just past intersection with 59th Street)

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Eldora Nature Preserve – Delmont, NJ

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Eldora Nature Preserve – Delmont (Maurice River Township), Cumberland County, NJ
Distance –  2.8 miles of trails (official).  We did 3.0 miles of trails (with slight overlap).
Type – Series of loops.
Difficulty:  3 of 10
Total score: 5 of 10

Website – The Nature Conservancy
Open – Sunrise to Sunset.

Terrain – Woods, marsh, and a bit of swamp.
Surface – Mostly dirt.

Trailheads –  39°13’2.81″N,  74°55’18.94″W (at back of parking lot)

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Cape May Point State Park – Cape May, NJ

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Cape May Point State Park – Cape May, Cape May County, NJ
Distance – 3.2 miles of trail total
Type – Series of loops
Difficulty:  2 of 10
Total score: 9 of 10

Updated – March 3, 2017

Website – Cape May Point State Park
Open – Sunrise to Sunset.

Terrain – Mostly tidal marshlands with small patches of forest
Surface – boardwalks and dirt

Trailheads –  38°55’59.64″N,  74°57’30.34″W or
38°55’57.43″N,  38°55’57.43″N or
38°55’55.04″N,  74°57’32.34″W

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Egg Harbor Township Nature Reserve – Egg Harbor Township, NJ

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Egg Harbor Township Nature Reserve – Egg Harbor Township, Atlantic County, NJ
Distance –  6 miles of trails total (we saw most of the preserve with a hike of 3 1/4 miles)
Type – Web of trails
Difficulty:  3 of 10
Total score: 8 of 10

Website – https://sites.google.com/site/ehtnatres/
Open – Sunrise to Sunset.

Terrain – forest, marsh, lakeside sand.
Surface – mostly dirt surfaces

Trailheads –  39°21’32.48″N,  74°39’4.46″W (parking lot on Zion Road)
39°21’41.77″N,  74°39’21.16″W (parking lot by nature center)

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