Franklin Parker Preserve

EASY 69 reviews

Franklin Parker Preserve is a 5.6 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Chatsworth, New Jersey that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and bird watching and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 5.6 miles Elevation Gain: 68 feet Route Type: Loop

dog friendly

hiking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

lake

views

wild flowers

muddy

Beautiful Pine Barrens trail through old cranberry bogs and blueberry fields. Follow the red trail from the Chatsworth entrance. One section is closed as it is underwater (probably from beaver activity - lots of dams and other signs) and you have to follow the green trail. Lots of wild and semi wild blueberries. Also a short tower which allows one to oversee the cranberry bogs, and in the middle of the woods two huge Adirondack chairs.

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6 days ago

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
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2 months ago

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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!

hiking
3 months ago

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.

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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

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

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8 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.

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8 months ago

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.

9 months ago

No bugs in November!

hiking
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

hiking
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

hiking
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.

hiking
Friday, July 28, 2017

Nice little section of the Pine Barrens which was formerly cranberry bogs and blueberry fields. Many roads crossing the area as a result, but there is a beautiful red trail that takes you into the woods for a good part of the time. Lots of little surprises on the trail, like juicy blueberries, giant Adirondack chairs, beaver dams, and really nice little bodies of water,

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4 days ago

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