Cowan Preserve – Medford, Burlington County, NJ
Distance – ???
Type – ???
Difficulty: 9 of 10 – Too overgrown to follow the trail with the kids after about 100 yards.
Total score: 1 of 10
Website – Rancocas Conservancy
Open – Sunrise to Sunset.
Terrain – swamps and woods
Trailheads – 39°53’38.87″N, 74°49’8.62″W – next to preserve sign
Medford Wildlife Management Area – Medford, Burlington County, NJ
Distance – We did a mile, but there are miles and miles of potential hiking paths out here around the field edges
Type – Unmarked trails, but pretty easy to follow where the horses have made paths.
Difficulty: 2 of 10
Total score: 4 of 10
Website – None
Open – Sunrise to Sunset.
Terrain – Mostly open fields along the edge of woods, with a few paths through the woods.
Trailheads – 39°55’21.31″N, 74°50’26.99″W
Woodford Cedar Run Wildlife Refuge
6 Sawmill Road, Medford, NJ
Website – http://www.cedarrun.org/
Entrance fee – $5
A post by loyal reader Roger!
For those that follow us on Facebook, we’ve been sharing a lot of pictures taken by Roger, one of our loyal readers, who has gotten super into wildlife photography (and gotten good pretty darn quick). Roger and I have struck up a regular correspondence, which mostly consists of him telling me about the awesome hikes that he’s done lately. They’ve slowly been turning into trail reviews in themselves (which is great, because it gets me excited to go out to these places), so I figure, why not share them?
Hiking is fun.
Hartford Crossing Trails – Medford, Burlington County, NJ
Distance: Under contruction. We did 1.25 miles on the main loop.
Type: One big loop, side loops being built.
Difficulty: 4 of 10 – mostly due to the newness of the trail (needs some better bridges) and that we went after a wet week.
Total score: 3 of 10 (will definitely go up as the trails are developed)
Terrain – forest, wetlands, small meadows.
Official Facebook Group –Hartford Crossing Trails Medford
Miriam and Melvin Wurst Nature Preserve – Medford, Burlington County, NJ
Distance: 0.8 miles (officially a little longer, but not much)
Difficulty: 3 of 10 – lack of blazes and large amount of deer trails can become confusing.
Total score: 4 of 10.
Official Website –Rancocas Conservancy
Terrain – pinelands and lake
Trailheads – only one – 39°48’30.71″N, 74°51’44.36″W
End of the line – Kirby’s Mill.
Medford Canoe Trail – Medford, Burlington County, NJ
Distance: 2 miles (took about two hours, with a walk around and a portage)
Type: One way
Difficulty: 6 of 10, mostly for one really hard carry over where a tree was blocking the way and poison ivy coated the bank of the river. That was a fun one! Other than that, super easy.
Total score: 7 of 10.
Official Website: http://medfordcanoetrail.wordpress.com/
Terrain – Town of Medford and more nature than you’d have imagined.
Put ins – Medford Park, off of Gill Street – 39° 53.640’N, 74° 49.541’W (short carry – 2 miles total, will have to go over a tree) or Coates Street put in (by cemetery – much closer drop off, can avoid tree we had to go over) – 39° 53.869’N, 74° 49.079’W
Put in at Medford Park.
Take outs – Kirby’s Mill – 39° 55.007’N, 74° 48.357’W
- Map: trailmap (click to view pdf file – source: Medford Canoe Trail website)