The sound of your feet hitting the pavement with the sights of open trails ahead is something joggers and runners look forward to as a highlight of their day. You can experience the sights and exhilaration of a simple jog down one of Cherry Hill’s many nearby biking and jogging trails.
- 202 Parkway Trail. While technically in Pennsylvania, 202 Parkway Trail takes its place in the Greater Philadelphia trail network called the Circuit, just a short drive from Cherry Hill. Offering plenty of parking, gentle rolling hills, and picturesque views of woods and farms along its nine-mile length, the trail connects three towns and parallels a scenic byway. Stop for coffee or take a break in any one of them, and enjoy the many nature centers and parks as a quick break from your exercise.
- Barnegat Branch Trail. A still-growing trail, planned to eventually encompass almost sixteen miles, the Barnegat Branch Trail brings you into nature with shade-giving trees and botanical information plaques. The wide, level finished trail is excellent for jogging, and parts of the rougher unfinished trail are also open for those who like a little roughness on their roads. Whether in the neat of the summer or the fabulous foliage of autumn, this trail is a real treat. It’s currently open in two sections, one running from Barnegat to Waretown, and one running from Railroad Ave to Glen Cedars Park within Berkeley.
- Capoolong Creek Wildlife Management Area. Meandering along next to the Capoolong Creek, this trail is level and easy with beautiful views. Expect to see, depending on the season, verdant greens, wildflowers, horses, and man-made features like farmhouses and a steel bridge. The Pittstown end of the trail can get a little rocky, though, so beware.
- Conestoga Greenway Trail. Another Pennsylvanian favorite, this short trail (just shy of one and a half miles) has a century-long history and a trail-head in Lancaster County Central Park. You may come across people fishing the Conestoga River, which the trail runs beside, as well as cycling and taking leisurely walks in the dappled sun. Lancaster County Central Park also has a number of trails, good for hiking, jogging or biking.
- Delaware and Raritan Canal State Park Trail. At a majestic 68 miles, you may never get tired of jogging this path. Bridges dating back to the 19th century dot this trail, as well as old canal locks, culverts, and cobblestone spillways dating back to a simpler time. And if you ever want a break from jogging, Princeton and Griggstown offer canoe rentals which you can take on the canal itself, which often brushes the edge of the trail. (In fact, in some parts of the year, portions of the trail may become impassable due to flooding – check the status of the trail before you head out.) This trail offers beautiful scenery, cool canal air, and abundant wildlife including turtles and geese.
While this list may scratch the surface of the wonderful trails accessible from Cherry Hill, there’s no way we could list them all. You won’t regret coming to explore the area, and stretching your legs in some of the beautiful locales which are a quick drive from Cherry Hill.
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