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

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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

Trailheads:
Weymouth – no hiking trails
John’s Woods –  39°31’3.69″N,  74°46’47.96″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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Frank Donio Memorial Park – Winslow, NJ

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Frank Donio Memorial Park – Winslow, Camden County, NJ
Distance – 1.1 miles total
Type – Loop
Difficulty: 1  of 10
Total score: 3 of 10

Website – Winslow Township Website
Open – Sunrise to Sunset.

Terrain – Woods on a ridge above playing fields
Surface – dirt

Trailheads –   39°44’19.85″N, 74°59’37.04″W (located back on the driveway just where it leaves Chews Landing Road)

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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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