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  1. MikeBickerson

    Webbs Mill Bog Trail - Lacey Township, NJ

    Few weeks back in the rain and cold, took the family exploring. I finally managed to make it to Webbs Mill Bog to see the pitcher plants. The boardwalk is short and sweet, but finding the trail was a bit of pain (drove past the trailhead twice). Rain suit kind of day... Boardwalk is...
  2. MikeBickerson

    Dr. James Still Nature Trail - Medford, NJ

    A week ago, we attended the grand opening of the Dr. James Still Nature Trail, located at the Dr. James Still Historic Office Site & Education Center! The trail, kiosk, and herb gardens were created as part of a pair of Eagle Projects from two Boy Scouts in Medford and Medford Lakes (article on...
  3. MikeBickerson

    Thousands of Native American artifacts unearthed in Camden archaeological dig

    Little outside the pines, but fascinating finds in Camden. "Thousands of Native American artifacts unearthed in Camden archaeological dig" By Kevin Riordan Full article...
  4. MikeBickerson

    Port Republic Trails - Bog Trail and Peninsula Trail

    Apologies for no posts then a million posts, getting caught up on trail reviews today... My dad passed just before Thanksgiving, so I took a day at the end of the month to take the oldest kid hiking. We opted for the Port Republic Trails. We'd done the Mill Pond Loop in the Spring, so we...
  5. MikeBickerson

    Bear Swamp at Red Lion Preserve (Section B) - Southampton/Tabernacle

    Christmas Eve Eve, the oldest kid, a buddy, and myself went to try out the trails at Bear Swamp at Red Lion Preserve (Section B) (the various preserves at Bear Swamp Preserve are a bit confusing), located off of West Patty Bowker Road. Two short forked trails here, about a half mile apart...
  6. MikeBickerson

    Piney Hollow Preservation Area - Franklin Twp, NJ

    Took all three of my boys out a few weeks back to check out the Piney Hollow Preservation Area off of Piney Hollow Road. The map says less than 2 miles of trails marked, but we managed just under four miles without hitting everything. Caught a beautiful sunset, which I managed a decent shot...
  7. MikeBickerson

    Pinelands People: Mike McCormick, The Hiker

    Don't know if I deserve the promotion to "Pinelands People", but I do love it out there. :) Full article from Inside Jersey Magazine I think my 15 minutes of fame have to be coming to a close soon...
  8. MikeBickerson

    Mineral Springs Resorts in the pines

    Just finished a book called They Took to the Waters by Harry Weiss and Howard Kemble (The Past Times Press - 1962) that explores the heyday of the mineral springs resort decades in New Jersey and the Philadelphia region of PA. Pretty interesting look at the old "spas" used for health (and by...
  9. MikeBickerson

    Penns Hill Trail - Wells Mills County Park

    Went out in the heat of late July (upper 90s with a enough humidity to smother you to death) to do the 8.4 mile Penns Hill Trail (or Marci Trail, depending if you believe the map or the signs at the trail). Despite heat, humidity, sun, and a brutal (but thankfully short) attack by pine flies...
  10. MikeBickerson

    South Jersey man's hiking blog has half million fans, and climbing

    At the risk of tooting my own horn, I was in the Inquirer today. I don't know if everyone who ever visited my page is a fan, but I'll take it.
  11. MikeBickerson

    Penbryn WMA Lake paddle - nice sunset

    The Scouts practiced their boating skills at Penbryn Lake in Winslow a few weeks ago. The lake isn't very special, but we caught a helluva sunset. Been fishing here before too. Didn't catch anything, but its a nice spot. More info on Penbryn -...
  12. MikeBickerson

    Mill Pond Trail - Port Republic Trail System

    Back in March I went to check out the Mill Pond Trail, part of the Port Republic Trail System (and am just getting around to looking at my pictures now). It's a nice 1.8 or 1.9 mile loop. My favorite spot on the trail... Some handy, dandy pioneering work: Only warning is, like...
  13. MikeBickerson

    The Kite Report - the Kallikak Family

    ADHDing my way through Google tonight, and found the full text of the Kite Report. This was part of the fraudulently done study by the Vineland Training School on the piney "Kallikak Family" in the early 1900s. It branded all pineys as degenerates, and was brought to fame in Henry Goddard's...
  14. MikeBickerson

    Best Hikes in the Pine Barrens

    Or at least the 14 best in my opinion. What's your favorite trail in the pine barrens?
  15. MikeBickerson

    Red Trail - Franklin Parker Preserve - Chatsworth

    Finally hiked this in the ice cold a week and a half ago (been waiting for the intersection of having a whole day free, decent weather, and my 4 year old having a restful enough week that he could do 6 miles... at least I got the first and third part), and it was amazing. I'm sure there...
  16. MikeBickerson

    12th Annual Lines in the Pines

    I had a great time at this event this year (as always) and spent entirely too much money on pine barrens books (as always). Thanks to a last minute invite to share his table, got to spend the day with Kayak Karl talking hiking and backpacking with folks that wandered on by, which was a blast...
  17. MikeBickerson

    Egg Harbor Township Nature Reserve

    I stumbled on this one years ago when trying to make my way home through a blizzard, but the wife wasn't too keen on taking our newborn out hiking in single degree temperatures. Finally made it back a few weeks ago. It lists at 6 miles of trails, but the ones through the woods are closely...
  18. MikeBickerson

    Lochiel Creek County Park - Barnegat Township

    Visited this one on Saturday after Cloverdale Farm. I can't lie, I was a little disappointed. I don't know if it was the stretch of housing development along the back stretch, or just my expectations were so high after seeing how nice Jake's Branch, Wells Mills, Cattus Island, and...
  19. MikeBickerson

    Cloverdale Farm County Park - Ocean County

    My wife was working Saturday, so I took the boys and went to check out Cloverdale Farm County Park in Barnegat Township. For those that haven't been (although I know many folk here already have), this is a cranberry farm that will continue to be used a demonstration farm (although I'm not sure...
  20. MikeBickerson

    Friendship Creek Preserve - Tabernacle

    For my last hike of the year, I went to check out the Friendship Creek Preserve in Tabernacle on Irick's Causeway. No marked trails here, but I had a good time wandering about three miles around on old dirt roads and deer paths. Some nice swamps and forests. Nothing spectacular, but it...