Wells Mill Road Professional Reviews and Guides
"By the twentieth century natural resources here, as elsewhere in the Pine Barrens, had either been exhausted or ceased to be of commercial value. In the 1930s the Conrad family built a rustic cabin retreat here and used the tract for hunting. The New Jersey Conservation Foundation, recognizing the land’s natural value, bought it in the 1970s. Ocean County purchased its first Wells Mills acreage in 1985, establishing this fine county park. Today the sugar-sand roads that once guided woodcutters and sphagnum moss gatherers are a well-blazed and meticulously maintained sixteen-mile trail system."
--Glenn Scherer, Nature Walks in New Jersey (Appalachian Mountain Club Books).
"This 900-acre park in the Pine Barrens has a lot to offer canine and human hikers—short, steep hills, one of the prettiest cedar swamps, a lake with geese and ducks, and creek crossings. Fido will enjoy the gaggle of white geese that may squawk by. Only eight geese remain of the original thirty that the park inherited fifteen years ago.
Enter a wonderful Atlantic white cedar swamp where the soft footpath weaves among trees over moss-covered roots. The verdant moss-tinted boles of cedar, American holly, pitch pine, and mountain laurel make the route look like a maze through a garden."
--Mary Jasch, Best Hikes with Dogs: New Jersey (The Mountaineers Books).
This is a great place to get your trail legs, I have been here 5-6 times. It has several trails to choose from and the longest and most challenging is 8.4 miles. There are no great elevation changes but some hills. I like to come here, but when you're near the road the sound of traffic can ruin the solitude and the is a scout camp with a gun range nearby, so the sound of guns firing is not uncommon. When you get to the far side of the lake it is quite peaceful. So if you want a hike of any length this is a good spot.
This is my favorite trail. It has everything. Great exercise and a challenging terrain, beautiful scenery and solitude. I would recommend without hesitation.
The overlook along the northwest section of the Penns Hill Trail is 126 feet high. Views are better during the winter season. The Wells Mills County Park's trails are ideal for short or long day hikes with a good variety of different terrain, and they are properly maintained.
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