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Friendship Creek Preserve – Tabernacle, NJ

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Friendship Creek Preserve – Tabernacle, Burlington County, NJ
Distance – no marked trails here, I explored to the tune of almost three miles total
Type – No marked trails, roads and deer paths only.
Difficulty: 5  of 10
Total score: 6 of 10

Website – Rancocas Conservancy
Open – Sunrise to Sunset.

Terrain – woods and swamps
Surface – sand and muck

Trailheads – Entrance to the preserve is by walking down Irick’s Causeway.

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North Branch Preserve- Pemberton, NJ

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North Branch Preserve – Pemberton, Burlington County, NJ
Distance – 1.1 miles total
Type – lollipop
Difficulty: 3  of 10 – Beginning of the trail was overgrown, trail markers sometimes scarce
Total score: 4 of 10

Website – Rancocas Conservancy
Open – Sunrise to Sunset.

Terrain – woods and creek

Trailheads –  39°57’44.44″N.  74°39’20.85″W (located off the parking lot, no trail sign)

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Cowan Nature Preserve – Medford, NJ

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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

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Evert Trail Preserve – Pemberton, NJ

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Dot and Brooks Evert Memorial Nature Trail – Evert Trail Preserve – Pemberton, Burlington County, NJ
Distance – Official is 1.5 miles (but two gps apps came in at 1.9 miles and 1.95 miles with the walking back on the spur and walking to the observation tower)
Type – Lollipop
Difficulty: 3  of 10 – few minor downed trees, some tight spots with plant growth.  Warned about flooded trail, but I didn’t see any problems during the hike at all.
Total score:  6 of 10

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WARNING!!!!

Website – njconservation.org
Open – Sunrise to Sunset.

Terrain – swamp and pine forest

Trailheads –  39°55’34.02″N,  74°39’30.09″W
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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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Wells Mills County Park – Ocean Township, NJ

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Wells Mills County Park – Waretown (Ocean Township), Ocean County, NJ
Distance – 14.5 miles of hiking trails, plus a 3+ mile bike trail (the boys and I did just over two miles)
Type – Series of looping trails
Difficulty: 3 of 10 – bit of mud, but it had been raining for a whole week
Total score: 9 of 10

Website – http://www.co.ocean.nj.us/OCParks/ContentPage.aspx?ID=41fee2db-374d-49a2-a7ae-f17b5acc6c92
Open – Sunrise to Sunset.

Terrain – Lakeside, meadow, forest, and swampland

Trailheads – Trail system starts at the nature center –  39°47’39.90″N,  74°16’37.66″W

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Atsion Lake Paddle – Shamong, NJ

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Atsion Lake Paddle –  Atsion Recreation Area, Wharton State Forest, Shamong, Burlington County, NJ
Distance:  The lake is over a mile long and up to a 1/4 mile wide. Can also come in from the Goshen Pond area, which Dan kayaked in from (roughly two miles, one way).  We did a mile and a half in two relatively short trips, and we didn’t even get more than halfway down the lake.
Type: Out and back
Difficulty: 4 of 10 – Middle of the lake lack of current can be a pain in the arms.
Total score: 6 of 10.

Fees – If putting in at Atsion, $10 on weekends and $5 on weekdays to get into the lake area (in season)

Rentals – A boat concession rents out canoes, kayaks, paddleboards, and pedal boats right at the put in at Atsion Lake.  Cash only I believe!

Terrain – pine forests, marshes, beautiful lake.

Directions – Atsion Lake Recreation Area is located on Route 206 in Shamong, NJ.  Drive straight down the driveway to the end of the parking lot, then turn left.  The entrance to the boat launch is a small dirt road on your right (it’s labeled!).  If bringing your own, drive down and drop your canoe/kayak off at the water, then come back to the lot to park.  If renting, park your car before heading down the road.

Short road to boat launch.

Short road to boat launch.

Put ins –  39°44’23.37″N,  74°43’53.07″W (dock at Atsion Lake Recreation Area)
39°44’34.91″N, 74°45’25.66″W (Ephraim Road past Goshen Pond Camping Area) – Note – I haven’t done this in a canoe, so not sure if a canoe can make it down. A kayak definitely can.

Lake put in.

Lake put in.

Standouts – birds and beautiful cedar water

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