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Now that we’ve finally said goodbye to the cold and snow, it’s time to get outside for some exercise and fresh air.

From pygmy pine forests to wetlands, Burlington County offers a massive variety of natural landscapes to explore. If you live in one of the 14 Burlington County New Jersey Pine Barrens municipalities, you might even discover an obscure forested trail within a few miles of your home.

Families with young children may want to try the stroller-friendly trails at Long Bridge Park, Historic Smithville Park and Smith’s Woods, or Kinkora Trail.

Older children may enjoy the challenge of a 4.9-mile hike in the Pygmy Pine Plains, or Dwarf Plains. Best Hikes with Children in New Jersey offers more information about the trail and the fascinating phenomenon that prevents the area’s pitch pines from growing more than six-feet tall.

Adventurous hikers can try the uneven terrain of the 3-mile trail at Rancocas State Park. This park is located at the former home of the Powhatan Renape Nation. Be sure to explore the abandoned homes that hide amongst decades worth of forest overgrowth.

If Rancocas State Park’s rugged 3-mile trail isn’t enough of a challenge, try the 9-mile trail from Pakim Pond to Mt. Misery. Check out Hiking New Jersey, from the BCLS New Jersey collection for a detailed trail guide. 

Birdwatchers will enjoy the peaceful views at Boundary Creek Natural Resource Area.

Both Crystal Lake Park and Black Run Preserve give hikers a stunning view of nature in a rustic and natural setting.

These are only a few of the trails available in Burlington County. The following selections from the BCLS collection will help you discover and explore even more of the natural wonders that may be hiding right in your own backyard.

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