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Michael Huber Prairie Warbler Preserve – Woodland Township, NJ

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Michael Huber Prairie Warbler Preserve – Woodland Township, Burlington County, NJ
Distance – 13 miles of trails (we did 5 1/2 miles of hiking here, including some backtracking on trails when necessary.  ANY hike here will require at least some backtracking to complete loops or to get back to trailheads)
Type – Web of trails
Difficulty:  3 of 10 – downed trees near the intersection of the Yellow  and Green Trails were tricky, but the rest of the trails were pretty easy
Total score:  6 of 10

Website – njconservation.org
Open – Sunrise to Sunset.

Terrain – pinelands, swamps, and spungs!

Trailheads –  Official – 39°51’49.80″N,  74°36’40.95″W
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There also may be trailheads on Soutside Fire Road (parallel to Rt 70) close to the 70/72 Circle, and also there seems to be a 0.6 of a mile sand road outside the preserve that runs over to Route 72 across from Brendan Bryne State Forest, between the Headquarters Road and the circle.

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Lizard Tail Swamp Preserve – Cape May Court House, NJ

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Lizard Tail Swamp Preserve – Cape May Court House, Cape May County, NJ
Distance – Listed as 3 miles of trails.  We did an outside loop of most of the Yellow Trail plus all of the Blue Trail, which came in at 3.1 miles on my GPS.
Type – Two connected loops
Difficulty:  3 of 10 – a few wet spots (probably okay for strollers with big wheels)
Total score:  8 of 10

Website – The Nature Conservancy
Open – Sunrise to Sunset.

Terrain – Forest and swamps

Trailheads –  39° 7’17.07″N,  74°49’13.48″W

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Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge – Galloway Township, NJ

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Edwin B. Forsythe National Wildlife Refuge – Galloway Township, Atlantic County, NJ
Distance – 4 miles of dedicated hiking trails, plus you can hiking along the 8 mile scenic road to create trail loops.
Type – Loops and out-and-backs.
Difficulty: 3 of 10 – trail (especially on road) very exposed to sun, wind, and the elements.
Total score: 8 of 10

Website – Forsythe NWR and Friends of Forsythe
Open – Sunrise to Sunset.
Admission – $4 a car (in November 2015)

Terrain – marshland, woodland, and meadow.

Directions – 800 Great Creek Road
Galloway, New Jersey 08205

Parking – Plenty of parking at Visitor’s Center lot.  Also small parking areas at various trailheads.
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Standouts – Far and away, the birding.  Also great views of Atlantic City.
Brochure – Edwin Forsythe Brochure

Markings – blazes, signs with arrows, or unblazed (road walks).
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Map – Hiking Trails Map (PDF)
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Make sure to visit the Visitor’s Center!

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Description – We went a lovely Hikesgiving Day (the day after Thanksgiving, obviously) working off that pie and turkey by spending a lovely six hours or so at the Edwin Forsythe National Wildlife Preserve

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