Wishbone Trail – Rancocas Creek National Water Trail paddle – Mt. Holly to Hainsport, Burlington County, NJ
Distance – roughly 8 miles
Time – usually 3 to 4 hours (took us just over 3)
Type – down the North Branch of Rancocas Creek, then up the South branch!
Difficulty: 7 of 10 (for paddling against the current the last mile and a half)
Total score: 10 of 10
Website – Ranococas Creek National Water Trail (proposed)
Open – Sunrise to Sunset.
Terrain – the river passes through the middle of town, as well as through forests and swamps.
Mount Holly – Launch at 39°59’24.58″N, 74°46’46.55″W (end of Wollner Drive in Iron Works Park) OR just the other side of the dam at Iron Works Park at the footbridge at 39°59’31.00″N, 74°46’55.59″W. We chose the first put in, which required taking the canoe out to portage around the dam.
Take out – Hainsport at Walnut Ave and Spruce Ave – 39°59’5.79″N, 74°50’37.40″W
Pennsauken Historical Society Nature Trail – Pennsauken, Camden County, NJ
Distance – About 0.2 miles total (total out-and-back)
Type – out-and-back
Difficulty: 1 of 10
Total score: 2 of 10
Website – Pennsauken Historical Society Facebook
Open – Unsure of days and hours. The Burrough-Dover House, run by the Pennsauken Historical Society, is open for tours the first Sunday of each month.
Terrain – Short path down to Pennsauken Creek
Trailhead – 39°58’27.20″N, 75° 1’6.24″W
Cameron Wildlife Sanctuary (Cape Map County Park North) – Palermo (or Marmora or Upper Township, all are technically correct) , Cape May County, NJ
Distance – 1.2 miles of trails (we did 1.7 miles with some backtracking, overlapping, and poking around)
Type – Mostly a lollipop
Difficulty: 1 of 10
Total score: 8 of 10
Website – Cape May County Website
Open – 9:30 AM to 4:00 PM. I was warned that the park gate is locked PROMPTLY at 4 PM, so make sure you are out of the gate.
Terrain – woodlands along small lakes
Trailheads – 39°14’24.56″N, 74°40’21.42″W