Historic Smithville Park, Mount Holly, NJ

For Margarita’s 10th birthday, she hiked at Historic Smithville Park with brother Porter and Cousin Clyde!

Limoncello hiked here on January 2013:

3.8 mile hike in Historic Smithville Park

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Blueberry Hill Conservation Area; Gibbsboro, NJ

Margarita and Porter went on this hike with their fur-cousin, Clyde.

Blueberry Hill Conservation Area consists of 134 acres of wooded area in Gibbsboro, NJ. It features both paved and unpaved trails that are suitable for hiking or biking.

At 192 feet, Blueberry Hill is one of the highest elevations in Southern New Jersey.

From the top of the hill on a clear day you can see the Philadelphia skyline off in the distance.

The Philadelphia Skyline is just beyond the treetops

There is also a great view of a quarry at the top of another hill.

Margarita checkin out the views from the top of the hill as we approached the quarry:

A section of the quarry:

Porter and Clyde stop for a play-break:

Cousin Clyde is so handsome:

We enjoyed this adventure at yet another hidden gem we never knew existed in our area!

Amico Island Park: Riverside, NJ

Amico Island Park is a 55-acre peninsula in Riverside, NJ. This park features upland forests, freshwater ponds , wetlands, river shoreline and meadows at the confluence of the Rancocas Creek and Delaware River.

There were several entrances to the beach and Delaware River:

Confluence of the Delaware River and Rancocas Creek:

Great view of the Philadelphia Skyline too:

Beautiful views of the Riverside Marina:

Tall Pines Nature Preserve: Sewell, NJ

“Happiness is a long walk with a friend.”🐶🐕🐶

Whiskey and Porter got to meet their adorable new cousin, Clyde! These 3 canine cousins enjoyed a great hike at Tall Pines State Preserve !

Rancocas State Park: Hainesport, NJ

Whiskey and Porter took their first hike together at Rancocas State Park in Hainesport, NJ.

We walked the Creekside Trail (blue trail) which was 3 miles

A lot of the hike was alongside the Rancocas Creek

Abandoned log cabins by the Rancocas Creek

Porter was not fond of the muddy spots so Brian had to carry him!

“Of all the paths you take in life, make sure a few of them are dirt.” ~John Muir

Black Run Preserve: Marlton, NJ

Porter went on his first hike in Black Run Preserve.

The Black Run Preserve is 1,300 acres of permanently preserved land in Evesham Township. A teacher that I used to work with retired in 2012 and helped found the Friends of the Black Run Preserve volunteer organization.  Their mission is to preserve and protect the unique natural beauty and Pine Barrens ecology.

Franklin Parker Preserve: Chatsworth, NJ

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!