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Egg Harbor Township Nature Reserve Loop is a 1.9 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Egg Harbor Township, New Jersey that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, and nature trips and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 1.9 mi Elevation gain 55 ft Route type Loop

Dogs on leash

Wheelchair friendly

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The Nature Reserve is a 220 acre sanctuary located in the midst of a residential community in Egg Harbor Township, NJ. It is comprised of three components: An environmental learning center, a lake area, and wooded forest. Each offers diverse terrain and a unique place to enjoy many activities in a passive and pristine setting, including biking, hiking, fishing, and bird watching. To realize its fullest potential, Egg Harbor Township has begun the process of reclaiming and restoring the land with the assistance of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife. The Township has entrusted the Egg Harbor Township Nature Reserve, LLC, a non-profit tax exempt corporation, to develop the Reserve in a responsible and environmentally sensitive manner for the use and enjoyment of generations to come. Thus far, with the assistance of community volunteers, a massive clean-up effort has been completed, a new parking lot installed and a trail system has been created to improve accessibility throughout the facility. The soils of the former mining operation are being stabilized through a gradation plan and the introduction of native vegetation. Hundreds of saplings have been planted to improve the habitat for a wide variety of birds, butterflies, and other wildlife. Interactive trails throughout the sanctuary will allow schools and environmental organizations to study the diversity of plants and wildlife in a natural setting. Future plans include an observation deck, gazebo and ADA-compliant accessibility. Picnic tables, park benches, and informative signs will be placed throughout the Reserve to make it more user-friendly. In keeping with the passive nature of the park, motorized vehicles and motorized boats are strictly prohibited. The Environmental Learning Center features a nature trail to enhance the study of trees, gardens, and meadows. It has a canopied building constructed by students of the Eagle Academy, birdhouses and parking facilities. The 15 acre site has a trail system, recognized as part of the New Jersey Audubon Birding and Wildlife Trail System for its diverse habitat. To date, 48 different species of trees have been identified throughout the Reserve. The 45 acre man-made lake is fed by subterranean springs and varies in depth up to 20 ft. Five small islands create picturesque scenery as well as a buffer for three vernal ponds. The lake is populated by an abundance of bass that maybe fished from the shoreline. The lake area is surrounded by another 35 acres of upland areas, encircled by both lower and upper tier trails that are suitable for walking, running, and biking. The uplands also serve as a habitat for numerous wildlife including reptiles, amphibians, wading and migratory birds, as well as ospreys, and peregrine falcons. An American Bald Eagle has recently been spotted feeding along lake at the Reserve! The 125 acre oak-pine forest, while mostly undisturbed, has miles of easily navigable trails shared by hikers, runners, and bicyclists. Future plans include an eco-friendly outdoor fitness system with workout stations placed where appropriate. This trail system connects all components of the reserve and also serves as habitat for deer, birds, rabbits, and foxes. The Nature Reserve promises to become an environmental and recreational jewel of South Jersey benefiting all members of the general public.

Nature Reserve Parking Lot 318 Zion Road Egg Harbor Township, NJ 08234 Arboretum and Learning Center Parking Lot 18 Schoolhouse Road Egg Harbor Township, NJ 08234

Atlantic City Expressway Take Exit 9 Delilah Rd West ~1 mile to English Creek Ave. English Creek Ave South 6 miles to Schoolhouse Rd Turn left onto Schoolhouse Rd, Arboretum Parking lot on left in 0.25 miles or Continue past Arboretum Parking Lot to Zion Rd Turn left onto Zion Rd East, Nature Reserve Parking Lot on left in 0.4 miles. Garden State Parkway South to Exit 36 onto Tilton Rd In 0.25 miles, turn right at light onto Fire Rd Fire Rd South 2.5 miles to Zion Rd Turn right onto Zion Rd West, 4 miles to Nature Reserve Parking Lot on Right or Continue past lot 0.4 miles, turn right onto Schoolhouse Rd. Arboretum lot on right in 0.25 miles. Garden State Parkway North Take Exit 29. At traffic light, turn left onto Atlantic 559, Mays Landing Somers Point Rd In 3 miles, turn right onto Schoolhouse Rd In 1 mile, either: turn right onto Zion Rd, Nature Reserve Parking Lot on left in 0.1 miles. or proceed straight 0.25 miles on Schoolhouse, Arboretum Lot on right

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Zachary Lorenz
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HikingBugs

Very beautiful and easy trail, takes 30-40 minutes, but at certain points can be confusing since it’s easy to end up on the lake trail as opposed to the higher ground trail (needs better markings)

Jonathan Schroeder
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Hiking

Relaxing hike with a really pretty view. Trail markers aren't the greatest.

Austin A Davies
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HikingBugs

Nice small trail with lake view.

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Chris Passarelli
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Hiking

Great trail for any occasion and easy commute from shore points.

Stella Knapp
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Hiking

Great find. You can stay in a fully shaded area or walk lower closer to the lake. Also many trails throughout.

Ramona Moran
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Hiking

The view it’s beautiful but the trails are not marked at all ,very very confusing.

Robert Hendeicks
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Bird Watching

Great trail, very scenic! Saw 42 different species of birds! The e-bird algorithm is messed up here so there needs to be more birding!!

Rich Chini
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Hiking

First time here and I enjoyed the wooded path compared to the lake path. The wooded path was wide and clear for easy hiking and jogging. Only concern was the unavailability of the bathrooms and the trash along the lake path. I would recommend the wood path for beginners as the length and elevation are perfect for a novice. Stay safe and healthy your trailblazer reporter RC

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Warren Davidson
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Hiking

I enjoy the preserve but wish the trails were marked and there was a trail guide.

Karen Johnson
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Hike here frequently. Like all of the trails!

Donna Shea
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I hiked this area midwinter on a warm day with a child and small pet. There are 3 different trails options to walk - 3 miles, through wooded area, another around the lake about 1.5 miles and a bit muddy, and another trail raised around the lake about 15ft high. We walked around half the base of the lake then climbed to the top trail to finish the loop around the perimeter at about 1.6 miles. This was a moderately trafficked trail with people and pets; very easy. We saw a cardinal, ducks and a few turkey buzzards.

Cristina Lopez
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Katie Collins
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Walking

I loved the orange trail

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Jim DeCarlo
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Hiking

nice easy trail. 3 different trails from 1.25mi to 3mi.

The Husky Hikers Association
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Hiking

Hiked the blue trail and it's worth your time. Not much "elevation" but a pinch of incline here and there. Did not experience the bugs other folks have mentioned; however, that might have been because we chose the lakeside trail and not the wooded trail. We'll be back to try the others soon.

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John Rosado
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Hiking

Easy hike and well marked

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Jeff Smith
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Hiking

Good for trail running. Sandy, but well marked wide enough trails. Easy to get lost, but small enough to find way.

Jim Rudolph
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Hiking

Nice trail. Easy walking, mostly shaded. Little to no vegetation along the trail so no problem with tics. Scenery is ok, but needs a little cleaning up. It was apparently a commercial operation at one time and still shows something of that past life. Overall a very pleasant walk.

Devon Ljoka
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Hiking

Nice trail. Lots of beautiful spots to look out on the lake. Very clearly marked and well worn. Lots of people and dogs.

Kevin Santiago
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i was here.

Joseph Quiles
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Hiking

Great little hiking trails from 1 to 3 miles

Tommy Vavrek
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Hiking

Sweet little park. The lake is a relaxing feature. Great job.

LJ Jamieson
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If you haven't been here since last spring, please return and check out all the improvements that were made! From the obvious tree plantings to hidden steps, this place is evolving. Note on Arboretum: grass is high on trails as of June 17th. Beware of ticks! Another note: dogs ARE allowed, but must be on a leash. Dog owners must pick up after their pets; bags are provided!

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I walked the 1.8 mile trail around the lake. There is also a 3 mile loop around the lake that is more in the woods. The 1.9 mile trail is wide and easy enough to follow. Not brushing up against tick-covered vegetation the whole way. Nice views of the lake and in the right season, I'm sure there's plenty of birds around.

Susan Tallman Heinrichs
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Rachel Clare Weaver
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Bill Massie
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Matt Zeffert
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Martyn Hammond
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