Franklin Parker Preserve Loop

Franklin Parker Preserve

Along the West Branch Wading River - Franklin Parker Preserve - Photo credit: Daniela Wagstaff Along the West Branch Wading River - Franklin Parker Preserve - Photo credit: Daniela Wagstaff

Follow a blazed network of sand roads (dikes) and footpaths through scenic cedar swamps, wetlands, pine forests, along canals and rivers, through old cranberry bogs and along a bald eagle habitat at a reservoir. 

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Lace up your waterproof hiking shoes for this hike where you will encounter some soggy trail sections and a couple of somewhat challenging water crossings.

Facing the gate at the far end of the parking lot, look to the right for three red diamond markers, the start of the red-blazed trail.  Turn right here and continue through lovely pine forests reaching Bertha’s Canal in .3 mile...

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Trip Reports

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March 15, 2014
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bring your gondola!
There had not been any rainfall for a while, but one mile into this hike, the water on the "trail" was too deep to continue, and no way around it.  A boardwalk is needed (who likes hiking 10+ miles in high rubber boots).  We walked back to the trailhead and did most of the hike going on the red trail in the opposite direction. There were wet spots that could be bypassed.  Enjoyable.
jerseytrekker
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