Turkey Swamp Park Trails Professional Guide
Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook
"Heavy rains came down the first day we camped at Turkey Swamp Park. History repeated itself the second day, but we decided to hike in the rain because a great portion of the trails are usually wet anyway! Although the soil is sandy here on the northern fringe of the Pine Barrens, the water table lies just beneath the earth’s surface, which often makes for swampy conditions; hence the name Turkey Swamp.
Most hikers are disappointed when they don’t encounter any turkeys, but the 1180-acre park was named for the town of Turkey, now known as Adelphia. Flat, sandy trails and a variety of vegetation—pitch pine, scrub oak, young white oaks, sweet gum, and a thick understory of pepper bush, huckleberries, and blueberries— makes up for it. The second part of this walk follows the edge of a man-made lake, where you can rent canoes and paddleboats during the summer. The multiuse trails are open to hikers, bicyclists, and equestrians. Pick up a trail map at the office next to the parking area."