“A 5-mile singletrack route along the Wenonah Trails in Wenonah, NJ.
— Michael Borda
Birding · Lake · River/Creek · Wildlife
This hike includes several trails that make up the Wenonah Trails. The terrain includes singletrack trails that circle several lakes and along the Mantua Creek. There are moderate to very rooty sections and many built structures as the trail winds through forest and wetlands. There are only a couple of brief sections of pavement during transition to different trail sections.
All trails are designed for foot traffic only. The surfaces, curves, widths, and overhead clearances cannot accommodate wheeled vehicles safely. In addition, motorized vehicles are illegal on the trails and throughout the Conservation Lands. If you witness motorized vehicle activity on the trails, please notify the police immediately.
Need to Know
Rooty, some steep sections, can be wet due to proximity to wetlands. Lots of built structures. Wood may be slippery when wet. Have encountered snakes on this trail (black snake, gardener snake).
This route includes the Wenonah Lake Loop
, Break Back Run Trail
, Mantua Creek Trail
, Monongahela Brook Trail
, Eldridge Loop
, and the Garden Trail
in a 5-mile out-and-back loop.
The trail starts at the Wenonah Lake parking area and Wenonah Lake Loop
Trailhead. Follow the woods road a bit, then turn left at the trail sign. The trail goes around Wenonah Lake, utilizing foot bridges over wet areas. There are a few other trails joining up; stick to the trail that hugs the lake. End up back on Maple Ave, at a dam (0.5 miles).
Cross the road to pick up the Break Back Run Trail
, marked with a wooden post. Arrive at a paved road (Hayes Ave) Turn left onto the paved road and follow it out to the street (W. Mantua Ave.) (1.0 mile). Turn right onto Mantua and and cross the road to the trail marker on the opposite side.
This is the start of the Mantua Creek Trail
. Turn right at the T-intersection, above is a raised railroad bed (2.0 miles). Follow along this until coming to a trestle bridge. Hike under and around it, the trail continues heading back on the other side of the raised railroad bed to the left.
Trail signpost: Continue straight to Marion St., now on Monongahela Brook Trail
. Cross a road [South Marion Ave.] (2.4 miles). Continue to the sign for Eldridge Loop
. Turn left. Trail exits onto E. Pine Street. Turn left and continue to the end of E. Pine Street. Turn Lleftonto a paved driveway and continue to the end to a trail sign.
Continue onto singletrack trail. This is the Garden Trail
. At the T intersection turn right to return via the Mantua Creek Trail
. This will lead to the Trestle Bridge and the return loop (3.0 miles).
Parking: N39 47.922 W75 09.138
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