Explore the most popular trails in Franklin Parker Preserve with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

This is a gem of a place! Several trails of varying lengths which seem to be well marked. We encountered some bugs but hey, we’re in the woods. Great place for us flatlanders.

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no shade
2 months ago

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washed out
2 months ago

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muddy
washed out
2 months ago

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muddy
washed out
3 months ago

A really pleasant hike! Some muddy and flooded spots, no issues with ankle-high waterproof boots. Some bugs as to be expected, but nice Pineland scenery and some fun scrambles up and down sandy slopes. Red trail is a bit hard to find in one upland spot, otherwise well-marked and easy to follow. Dog enjoyed it, will be back!

Nice trail. Too many bugs. Marshy.

hiking
3 months ago

Excellent hike, highly recommend. Some parts are marshy or flooded, but it was no problem with water proof boots. Saw some interesting wildlife, including a leopard frog and some pitcher plants.

Great trail with a lot to see. Be prepared to do a lot of back tracking if you do the bog portion of it.

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washed out
3 months ago

For the Pinebarrens Fans A great little romp through every habitat of the NJ Pinelands — wetlands, cedar bog, upland and lowland pine forest, scrub — it’s all there. Haven’t seen any people, and the trails are well-marked. Parts of the trail between the reservoir and the neighboring wetland are ankle-deep, easy to wade with shoes on or off in the summer. Several lovely wetlands in the northeast part of the loop. Northeast jag looks skippable but isn’t — if instead of taking the white trail detour you attempt to take the blue trail north of the reservoir, there is a deep water-filled hollow — waders needed. In any case, the white trail is a delight; saw red-winged blackbirds, a couple of bald eagles, a baby stinkpot turtle and several garter snakes. Lots of wildflowers and wild life, the dog loved it too.

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bridge out
closed
4 months ago

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off trail
5 months ago

Completed the red trail. Trail was clear and minimal people on the trail! Few locations that were muddy/flooded but a detour was set up. Very easy to follow the trail signs. Only unfortunate thing was they recently burned most of the woods for regrowth, which made the scenery not as beautiful as some of the photos show. Nice spring hike!

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off trail
5 months ago

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washed out
5 months ago

Good trail, wet spots, can see why the bugs would be bad in the summer. Perfect now, 3/16/19

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washed out
6 months ago

I can’t wait to go back and do the entire hike. We did not have waterproof footwear so we had to turn back. The cranberry bog water was spilling over and created a 40 foot spillover halfway through the trail. Loved the scenery and the Atlantic White Cedars.

This was an easy trail. Only problem was it rained pretty heavy the day before and sections of the trail were flooded. Fun suspension bridge and some great scenery. I think this would be tough to do in warmer weather because it seems like there would be tons of bugs. Our water proof boots were very useful here. The trails were clearly marked and past a half of dozen other hikers. We will hike the yellow and white trails next.

Very nice hike. I started off south on the White Trail from the lot off 563 but turned around about 1/2 mile in. This was due to a low area of about 6 inches of water, no boots, and a lab that actually doesn't like getting wet. Ended up taking the Yellow Trail loop north from the lot, crossing 563, and cutting back to the lot using the Blue Connector. Nice scenery along the way. Only issue was some confusion where the trail turns right to parallel the river. There were no trail markers in that area so I ended up dead ending at the river not realizing I should have turned. Overall it was well marked and well maintained. We would definitely come back.

9 months ago

No bugs in November!

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10 months ago

LOVED this trail. Perfect in length, lots to see, plenty of rest areas and beautiful back drop for Pictures. ♥️ one of my favorite trails

mountain biking
Thursday, August 23, 2018

Great terrain for our first outing, even though we were locked in. LOL

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Friday, July 20, 2018

Really nice area in the Pine Barrens. The Red trail heads pretty much through the woods (in sections it parallels the Green which uses the sand roads out in the open). It was great breathing in the scent of the pines as we hiked the trail In spots we came to wet areas covered with flowering lily pads and walked through wild blueberry plants which supplemented our lunch. At one point saw a great blue heron in a bog, and a pine snake crossing the sand road. I love the Pine Barrens for a good, easy walk - no rocks, no scrambles, just a smooth walk with lots to see

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Friday, July 13, 2018

Network of trails that can be combined in different ways - full map at http://www.njconservation.org/images/2014fpp_trails8x11color.jpg. Trails are decently marked but need to pay attention. Would also be good for trail running.

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Friday, July 13, 2018

Network of trails, decently marked with lots of ways to combine them - full map at http://www.njconservation.org/images/2014fpp_trails8x11color.jpg. Flies are a pain in the summer but not unbearable with bug spray. Trails would also be good for trail running.

Thursday, July 05, 2018

Flat, scenic and peaceful. However, go on the fall or winter. Biting flies are aggressive and relentless, even with insect repellent.

Friday, September 29, 2017

All I gotta say about this trail is that it's prolly one of the best in SJ. You're just walking and so many unexpected things pop up with dope guy views. Only bad view I saw was what seemed to be a stream we walked along with dooty splat everywhere. Highly recommended.

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