If taking a stroll through historic farmland sounds like a puptastic idea, then hit the Croft Farm Trails with your pooch! Located on an 18th-century farmstead, the Croft Farm Trails are an interconnected network of 9 easy trails that have a combined length of 2 miles. These trails will take you and your canine companion through a variety of natural habitats, including woodland, meadow, and scrub-shrub.
Because meadow and scrub-shrub are important habitat types, you and Fido will likely encounter wildlife while you're tackling the trails. In fact, the Croft Farm area was selected by the New Jersey Audubon as a must-see site for birding and wildlife viewing; signs at the trailheads indicate this recognition.
The main trailhead, which can be found at the parking area on Bortons Mill Road, provides access to the trail designated as the Croft Farm Nature Trail. This trail meanders through mature forest and is marked by wooden posts that guide the way and give out reminders such as “no motorized bikes” and “no ATVs.” Be sure to pick up a nature trail guide at the trailhead before you and Fido set off. This pamphlet will help you gain a better understanding of the area by discussing vegetation, wildlife, biodiversity, and more. Visitors are asked to drop the guide in a box at the end of the trail so that others may reuse it.
Listed on both the New Jersey and National Registers of Historic Places, the 80-acre Croft Farm was vital to the growth of southern New Jersey for more than 300 years. While it is now an arts center and public site for everyone to enjoy, it used to be a working farm and mill, and a stop on the Underground Railroad.
Visit the Croft Farm Trails with your pup for a woofderful nature hike that takes you back in time!
Doggie waste bags and drinking water are not supplied, so remember to bring your own! Always keep your furry pal leashed, stay on the trails, and do not disturb the plants and wildlife.