Step back in time with Fido when you set foot and paw on the Barclay Farm Trails! Located on the historic Barclay Farmstead, this trail network is composed of four easy trails that wind through the lush woodland behind the site's centerpiece, a 16-room farmhouse built in the 1810s by a Quaker farmer. The Barclay Farm Trails are short and sweet, with a total length of 1 mile, making them suitable even for not-so-athletic pups.
Start your agrarian adventure by following the sign at the parking lot to the main trailhead. From here, you and your doggo can hit the Barclay Farmstead Nature Trail, which leads into mature forest and passes by a wetland, pond, and the north branch of the Cooper River. Along the way, you will also notice 10 stops marked by wooden posts that each bear a nature sticker and number. These numbers correspond to prompts and information in the nature trail guide, which you can pick up at the trailhead. Once you and Fido have completed the nature trail, deposit the pamphlet in the box at the end of the path so that others may reuse it.
The Barclay Farm Trails also include a paved, accessible trail that overlaps a small portion of the nature trail. Then there's a hiking trail that begins at one end of the accessible trail; this one will take you and your four-legged pal through the woods and along the Cooper River.
After exploring the trails, spend some time admiring the property's beautiful community gardens and apple orchard, or take a break in the picnic areas. If you'd like to take a look inside the farmhouse, come back on a different day when Fido isn't tagging along.
Take on the Barclay Farm Trails and get a glimpse of what life used to be like in South Jersey!
While the Barclay Farm Trails make for an easy hike, it's still important to stay hydrated, so bring enough water for you and your furry buddy. Don't forget the pick-up bags, too. Unfurtunately, there are no public (human) toilets on-site.