South Jersey is awash in insects until the birds have a chance to knock down the numbers. Late August, sept thru April and maybe May you can enjoy all the garden state has to offer. I have lived and wandered all over the state below Trenton. The pines and wetlands within all beautiful in winter when the migrations from north visit. Brants, swans, snow geese and others shelter in the lakes, ponds and bogs. Unlike other bogs and swamps, we have sandy berms and causeways that provide firm trails, even when wet. I enjoy the Pa mountains north of Blue Mountain June thru Aug,, early Sept, then come back to the sugar sand roads for cranberry ripiening time, for the incoming flocks and the great festivals like at the Fall Fling at Apple Farm. You can hop the fence out of the festival and hike right there, I saw turkeys, pheasant. Just got to pick the right seasons to enjoy it.
Karen O. on Wells Mills Trail
Nice wooded trail surrounding a lake. Good options for distance.
Great trail, great scenery, saw a few people during our walk around the longer trail, paths are very well maintained and easy to walk. Cool visitor center too, I recommend stopping there before you hike so you know what animals to keep an eye out for!
Macri trail was a long and winding trail. The trail changed some between rolling hills, swamp, woods, and a little water front. So it kept my interest throughout. It is not a difficult trail since there are no challenging elevations or terrain. So if you are looking for a long simple trail with some variety, this one is perfect.
Great trail! Very diverse woods. It was constantly changing and always a beautiful scenery.
There are several trails with the Penns Mill trail being the 8.4 mile. It is narrow and twisting so it never gets too repetitive. Ranged from: a forest of pitch pines with short brush; to a claustrophobic wall of thornbushes on both sides; to dark wood with a creek and cedars... etc.
This is also the best marked trail I have ever been on. They use colored bars about every 20-30 yards. While not usually necessary, it helped at crossings and areas that open up and the trail is not clear.
Be aware of chiggers!!!!! My gf, dog and I hiked the white trails all the way around. we got back to the car and under our long pants, bug spray and hiking socks our ankles were infested with chiggers. Our dog was covered in them resulting in antibiotics and steroids. Please be cautious ticks are the least of your worries!!!
Me and my boyfriend did this 8 mill trek yesterday... we loved the trail and was a great workout in the heat.. but sadly i'm not sure we would do it again because we were covered in a lease 20 deer ticks each when finished.. which kind of ruined our experience!
I do recommend this trail...but please protect your self as much as possible... you will have many ticks when finished!! ~ lori
My friend and I have hiked Welles twice and are headed back today to do the 8.4 Penns Hill Trail. This is a very beautiful park with well marked trails. This has been our training as we begin to become avid hikers. Great place to start with as there are 6-7 trails. Novice to moderate hikers will love this place, as the trails are soft under foot.