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This post is about a month and a week late but this was a fun hike so I couldn’t not post. Back in January I visited Wells Mills County Park in the Pine Barrens with a few friends and an adorable dog named Lou. We decide to do the Macri trail (pdf download), which is about 8.4 miles. The park is about 910 acres according to the Ocean County Dept. of Parks & Rec site. It was a brisk day but once we got moving we were good. We started the trail from the parking lot closest to the Wells Mills lake which looked really pretty partially frozen over.

a partially frozen lake
wells mills lake

 

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Last Saturday the forecast called for rain, and lots of it. I was determined to get out for my first hike of the new year so we decided to try our luck. The weather channel said the rain wouldn’t start until 11am so my friends and I decided to leave Philly around 7am to head out to French Creek State Park. We knew we wanted to get in at least an hour or so of hiking so we decided on the Mill Creek Trail, one of the routes listed as most difficult on the French Creek trail map (pdf download). We drove from the park office over to the east entrance parking lot. The trail is 6 miles long with some decent inclines and areas that were pretty rocky. Overall I would say the trail isn’t too challenging though and could definitely be done by someone who is not an avid hiker.¬†The trees on the trail were bare from winter and also appeared to have fallen¬†victim to fire. A good section of the trail had trees that were black and burned at the bottom and quite a few had fallen. The path was still relatively clear and easy to navigate though.

the beginning of our hike
the beginning of our hike

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This weekend we took advantage of the weather being in the high 50s (even though it’s the end of December!) and drove out to Downingtown, PA to check out Marsh Creek State park. We were originally going to go to our go-to spot, Wissahickon park, but decided to go a little further out to Marsh Creek instead. The drive was a little over an hour and wasn’t too bad. We plugged it into Google maps and selected the route without tolls.

an arching tree in the trail
tree arch

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