The Best Hikes in South Jersey for Social Distancing

If you’re looking for some new outdoor vistas to explore, hiking can be an ideal escape from your everyday routine. Whether you are new to hiking or a seasoned veteran, we’ve got the trail for you! 

The CDC recommends that you socially distance, wear a mask when you are near others, avoid large groups, and use hand sanitizer during your visit. 

1. Apple Pie Hill, Wharton State Forest – 8.4 miles
Tabernacle Township, Burlington County, NJ

To get to Apple Pie Hill, hike the Batona Trail from the Carranza Memorial. Once there, you can climb up the 60 foot fire tower for a panoramic view from the highest point in the Pine Barrens– it’s definitely one of the most unique vistas in the state. The trail consists of sand and pine; it’s mostly easy and moderate in length. 

2. Batona Trail – 53.5 miles
Wharton State Forest, Burlington County, NJ

The Batona Trail is one of the longest trails in New Jersey. The trail begins in Brendan T. Byrne State Forest at the ghost town of Ong’s Hat and goes through Franklin Parker Preserve, Wharton State Forest, and Bass River State Forest. It takes about three days to hike the entire trail.

3. Blueberry Hill Trails – 0.7 miles
178 Berlin Road, Gibbsboro, Camden County, NJ

This trail is easy, fun, and perfect for walkers, hikers, and bikers. The official length is 0.7 miles, however there are multiple trails (some paved and some not paved) that are off of the main trail. The view at the top is breathtaking and well worth the trek!

4. Historic Smithville Park & Smith’s Woods – 312 acres
803 Smithville Road, Eastampton, Burlington County, NJ

With upland forests and meadows, freshwater streams and wetlands, creek shoreline and the 22-acre Smithville Lake, visitors can enjoy hiking, biking, fishing, canoeing and picnicking in an idyllic, natural setting.

5. Oldman’s Creek Preserve – 2 miles of trails
21 Main Street, Swedesboro, Gloucester County, NJ

This 39 acre property features 3,000 feet of stream frontage along Oldman’s Creek, in addition to nature and hiking trails, significant old-growth forest, a 1790’s era homestead, a historic log cabin, and a post-and-beam barn.

6. Parvin State Park – 2,092 acres
701 Almond Road, Pittsgrove, Salem County, NJ

Expect varied terrain and wildlife at Parvin State Park. The park not only has pine forests, but also a swamp hardwood forest. There are campsites and cabins available on a nightly and weekly basis.

7. Rancocas State Park, Burlington County – 15+ miles
794 Rancocas Road, Westampton, Burlington County, NJ

Rancocas State Park consists of a network of trails that wanders through upland and lowland hardwood forest. The diverse landscape provides a habitat for numerous species of birds and animals. The natural area features a self-guided interpretive trail with highlighted points of interest. You can also visit the Rancocas Nature Center, which provides environmental education for the community.

8. Wenonah Woods – 6 miles of trails
Wenonah, Gloucester County, NJ

The Wenonah Trail System consists of over six miles of hiking trails. Some of the trails are not clearly marked so it’s recommended that you get a trail map on the park website.