Eldora Nature Preserve Loop is a 2.4 mile loop trail located near Woodbine, New Jersey that features a great forest setting. The trail is good for all skill levels and primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding.
Situated on the southern edge of the Pine Barrens, Eldora Nature Preserve is the site of the New Jersey Chapter's Delaware Bayshores Center, and was the first preserve established by The Nature Conservancy expressly for the protection of rare moths. The Eldora Nature Preserve's three hiking trails traverse over 5 miles, and include a recently installed boardwalk overlooking the scenic West Creek and marsh. These trails lead visitors through a mosaic of wild habitatsincluding mixed hardwood swamps, vernal ponds, salt marshes, fields and meadows, and pine-oak woodlands.
BUGS. So many spiderwebs and mosquitos in early August, we got eaten alive. However, besides that, it was a beautiful area with a big, well-marked parking lot. Great quick stop on the way back from the Jersey shore, even if you just walk out the lookout platform.
Short jaunt the pinelands. Flat as a pancake. Went on a day with bad weather and didnt see another person on the trails. Did, however end up with lots of "spiderface" - guess its good to have other people before you to break all the webs along the trails. Pretty much the same through-out - pine woods with a bog or two. Then there is a viewing platform built out int the wetlands to see crabs and birds. This was a diversion for me on the way to the shore. Not worth a long trip