South Jersey is often overlooked as a hiking destination but it offers unique and interesting hikes that every Jersey hiker should check out. The south is dominated by the “Pine Barrens” – over one million acres – so trails are usually easy, level, soft, sandy, and covered in pine needles as opposed to the the hilly, rock-filled northern trails. The south is especially striking in winter with the contrast of evergreen trees against snow (and as a bonus, the bugs are not around!).
Hike through some of the prettiest sections of New Jersey’s Pine Barrens along the scenic Mullica River. [Burlington County] Hike it.
A great intro to the terrain of the Pine Barrens that also travels through Atlantic white cedar swamps. [Ocean County] Hike it.
Hike from Lake Nummy, past East Creek Pond, and through stands of Atlantic white cedar. [Cape May County] Hike it.
Easy trails plus a 5-story observation deck, playground, and picnic area makes this a great destination for families. [Ocean County] Hike it.
A short, easy loop around Parvin Lake through pine and an Atlantic white cedar swamp. [Salem County] Hike it.
Short, pleasant loops through pine barrens along the bluffs by the Maurice River. [Cumberland County] Hike it.
Easy loop through New Jersey’s Pine Barrens and along Batsto Lake. Be sure to explore the historical Village of Batsto afterwards. [Burlington County] Hike it.