The Smithville Village is listed on the National and New Jersey Registers of Historic Places. Smithville began as a small mill operation on the Rancocas Creek and grew to a major industrial plant which employing hundreds of workers from the 1860s to the 1920s. Smithville was well known for its high-quality woodworking machinery, the Smithville-Mt. Holly Bicycle Railroad, and the Star high wheeled bicycle.
2023 with Jägermeister and Our Friend Heather with Her Dog Ellie
2020 with Margarita and Porter
For Margarita’s 10th birthday, she hiked at Historic Smithville Park with brother Porter and Cousin Clyde!
January 1, 2019 was unseasonably warm here, so Margarita kicked off 2019 with a 6.5 mile hike at Franklin Parker Preserve , a 16 square mile former cranberry farm located in the heart of the New Jersey Pine Barrens.
We had never hiked here before, and were surprised throughout our hike with so many exciting things!
First, we came across a suspension bridge to cross.
The forest trails were gorgeous.
We came across random huge Adirondack chairs to take a rest along our path! Next time we will have to plan to stop and eat lunch here!
There was even an abandoned railroad.
The old cranberry bogs were mesmerizing, especially as the sun began to set.
There was a flooded area and Margarita refused to go through the running water, so I had to carry her.
This is a hike we will definitely be doing again with some of our other pups!