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Michael Huber Prairie Warbler Preserve – Woodland Township, NJ


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
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


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


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.

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).

Map – Hiking Trails Map (PDF)
Make sure to visit the Visitor’s Center!


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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Dunes Trail and Marsh Trail – Two Mile Beach Unit – Cape May NWR – Wildwood, NJ


twomilebeach04Dunes Trail & Marsh Trail – Two Mile Beach Unit – Cape May National Wildlife Refuge – Wildwood Crest (Lower Township), Cape May County, NJ
Distance: Dunes Trail (0.9 miles one way, 1.8 miles round trip) and Marsh Trail (0.1 miles one way, 0.2 miles round trip)
Type: Each is an out and back
Difficulty: 3 of 10 – sand can be hard to walk in.  Marsh trail is a 1 of 10.
Total score: 6 of 10.

Terrain – sand dunes and beach (Dunes Trail), salt marsh (Marsh Trail)

Trailheads –  38° 57.169’N,  74° 51.418’W (parking lot for either trail) or  38° 57.256’N,  74° 51.032’W (beach access for Dunes Trail)

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Grassland, Wetlands Pond, and Forest Habitat Trail – Supawna Meadows – Pennsville, NJ


Grassland Trail, Wetlands Pond Loop Trail, and Forest Habitat Trail  – Supawna Meadows National Wildlife Refuge – Pennsville, Gloucester County, NJ
Note: I haven’t hiked the Forest Habitat Trail yet because it was nap time, but I’ll include the info that I have.  We’ll be back soon!
Distance: Grassland Trail – 1.25 miles round trip, Wetlands Pond Loop – 0.33 miles round trip, Forest Habitat Trail – 0.75 miles
Type:  Grassland Trail is a lollipop, Wetlands Pond Trail is an out and back, Forest Habitat is a lollipop.
Difficulty: 2 of 10 – wear bug spray!  The flies will carry you away!
Total score: 6 of 10.

Official Websites – Supawna Meadows National Wildlife Refuge
Friends of Supawna Meadows
Friends of Supawna Meadows Facebook

Terrain – Meadows, marsh, and wetlands

Trailheads –  Grassland Trail and Wetlands Pond Trail –  39° 36.882’N,  75° 31.713’W.  I believe the Forest Habitat Trailhead is at  39° 37.631’N,  75° 31.644’W

Trailhead sign

Trailhead sign

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