Rancocas State Park Trails

Westhampton, New Jersey

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When the temperature plummets, the Rancocas Nature Center is the perfect place to begin a short, brisk hike that’s guaranteed to warm the body as well as the spirit. Located in a century-old house and operated by the New Jersey Audubon Society, the center has an extensive reference library in addition to numerous please-touch exhibits of the flora and fauna of the area. It also contains a gift shop and not-tobe- missed bathrooms where you can view gorgeous outdoor murals that were painted by a fourteen-year-old boy. If you don’t want to brave cold weather, come during spring or fall since summer tends to be buggy. More than 200 plants, approximately 150 species of birds, a vast array of trees, abundant deer, and other critters have been spotted in the various habitats found along the trail—in addition to a closeup view of Rancocas Creek. Ask for a trail guide before leaving the nature center. If you prefer picnicking before or after the hike, picnic tables are located beneath several American holly trees located just outside the building.
Best Hikes with Children in New Jersey

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Best Hikes with Children in New Jersey

by Arline Zatz (The Mountaineers Books)

When the temperature plummets, the Rancocas Nature Center is the perfect place to begin a short, brisk hike that’s guaranteed to warm the body as well as the spirit. Located in a century-old house and operated by the New Jersey Audubon Society, the center has an extensive reference library in addition to numerous please-touch exhibits of the flora and fauna of the area. It also contains a gift shop and not-tobe- missed bathrooms where you can view gorgeous outdoor murals that were painted by a fourteen-year-old boy.

If you don’t want to brave cold weather, come during spring or fall since summer tends to be buggy. More than 200 plants, approximately 150 species of birds, a vast array of trees, abundant deer, and other critters have been spotted in the various habitats found along the trail—in addition to a closeup view of Rancocas Creek. Ask for a trail guide before leaving the nature center. If you prefer picnicking before or after the hike, picnic tables are located beneath several American holly trees located just outside the building.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Westhampton
Length: 1.4
Elevation Gain: Minimal
Trail Type: Several options
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: Day Hike
Season: Varies
Local Contacts: Rancocas Nature Center
Topo Map: Rancocas State Park Trails Topographic Map
Guide Book: Best Hikes with Children in New Jersey Guide Book
Driving Directions: View Directions
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