George & Leona's
Friends of the PineyPaddlers Schedule.


Jan 13 (Sat): D&R Canal Hike (Burlington Co).  10am. 5 miles, easy pace.  We’ll hike over the Lock 1 “swinging bridge” as we walk along the towpath; perhaps see the resident Bald Eagles.  Meet at the RiverLINE parking lot in Bordentown City. Option for late lunch at Heart of Bordentown (HOB) Tavern. Leashed dogs are welcome.  Inclement weather/icy conditions cancel. Contact leaders to confirm hike. Leona and George F.  609-259-3734 or  (C)



Jan 17 (Wed): Hike at Mercer County Park (Mercer Co).  10am. 4 – 5 miles, easy pace. We’ll enjoy a scenic walk along Lake Mercer and the lovely wooded trails throughout the park and check out the Disc Golf Course too.  Meet at the Grandparents Grove at Mercer County Park. The address is 334 S. Post RD, West Windsor, NJ.  Co-Leaders:  Leona F, 609-259-3734 or  Joanne P  (C)


Jan 28 (Sun): Hike the Franklin Parker Preserve (Burlington Co).  10am. 5 - 6 miles, easy pace on the Yellow Trail. The acquisition of the Franklin Parker Preserve in 2003 by the New Jersey Conservation Foundation was a momentous occasion in conservation. This 9400 acre preserve is a keystone piece of land, linking the expanses of Brendan Byrne, Wharton, and Penn State Forests and creating a more contiguous Pinelands National Reserve. Meeting at Speedwell entrance off RT 563, Woodland Township. Leashed dogs are welcome.  Bring lunch and water. Inclement weather/icy conditions cancel. Contact leaders to confirm hike. George & Leona F, 609-259-3734 or  (W)


Feb 2 (Fri): Groundhog Day Canoe/Kayak the Wading River (Burlington Co).  The section we paddle will depend on river conditions.  Experienced cold weather paddlers only. Contact leaders to confirm trip and details. George & Leona F, 609-259-3734 or  (W) 


Feb 11 (Sun): Whitesbog Village Winter Hike (Burlington Co).  10am4 – 5 miles, easy pace.   Whitesbog is a NJ historic site and was a village built to house workers in the local cranberry bogs.  Perhaps we’ll see wintering Tundra Swans as we hike around the bogs.  Click here for directions   Bring beverage and lunch.  Leashed dogs are welcome Inclement weather/icy conditions cancel. Contact leaders to confirm hike.   George & Leona F 609-259-3734 (C)


Feb 14 (Wed): Valentine’s Day Hike at Smithville Park (Burlington Co).  10am4 - 5 miles, easy pace at Historic Smithville Park in Vincentown, NJ. The Park features a diverse collection of habitats and terrain and also offers Rancocas Creek vistas. Meet at the Smith’s Woods access parking lot, East Railroad Ave.  Option for late lunch at the Vincentown Diner.   Leashed dogs are welcome.  Inclement weather/icy conditions cancel. Leaders: George & Leona F 609-259-3734 or  (W)


Feb 19 (Mon):  Presidents Day Hike at Jakes Branch County Park (Ocean Co).  10am. 4 miles, easy pace.  Jakes Branch has a nature center with interesting hands-on exhibits and an observation deck that offers a 360’ view of the Pinelands.  Meet at Jakes Branch Park, 1100 Double Trouble RD, Beechwood, NJ.  Option for late lunch at Shady Rest Restaurant.  Leashed dogs are welcome.  Inclement weather/ice conditions cancel. Contact leaders to confirm hike. George & Leona F, 609-259-3734  (W)


Feb 24 (Sat): Hike at the Jamesburg Park Conservation Area (Middlesex Co). 10am. 4 – 5 miles, easy pace.  Jamesburg Park Conservation Area was some of the first lands that Middlesex County acquired using Green Acres funding for open space protection in the early 1970’s.   This area is the Spotswood Outlier of the New Jersey Pinelands and there’s no doubt as we hike through mixed hardwood and Pitch Pine forests.   Meet at Helme Mill Park on Maple Street in Helmetta; from there we we’ll car pool to the trailhead.  Bring water and snacks. Option for late lunch at “The Diner”.  Leashed dogs are welcome.  Inclement weather/icy conditions cancel. Contact leaders to confirm hike. George & Leona F, 609-259-3734 or  (RV) 


Mar 1 (Thurs): National Peanut Butter Lover’s Day Hike at Perrineville Lake Park (Monmouth Co).  10am. 4 miles, easy pace. Beautiful woodlands, natural fields and a picturesque lake meet here in the heart of quiet Millstone. Bring water; leaders will have Peanut Butter snacks and Mr. Peanut may make an appearance!  Meet at 23 Agress Rd, Millstone, NJ parking lot.  Leashed dogs are welcome.  Option, lunch at Albivi’s Restaurant.  Inclement weather/icy conditions cancel. Contact leaders to confirm hike.  Leona and George F.  609-259-3734 or  (C)


Mar 4 (Sun):  Hike at Heathcote Meadows Preserve (Middlesex Co).  10am. 4 – 5 miles, easy pace.  In 1998, the Heathcote Meadows Preserve was one of the earliest parcels acquired under the Middlesex County Space Recreation and Farmland and Historic Preservation Act.  Nestled just outside the small village of Kingston, the preserve offers a glimpse into the rich farming history of the area and provides wonderful opportunities for hiking, walking and wildlife viewing.   Leashed dogs are welcome.  Option for late lunch at Osteria Procaccini in Kingston. Inclement weather/icy conditions cancel.  Contact leaders to confirm hike and meeting location.   Leona and George F.  609-259-3734 or  (RV)


Mar 10 (Sat): Explore the Unique History, Ecology and Culture of the Pinelands (Atlantic Co).  Join me for a daylong event at Stockton University for the 29th Annual Pinelands Short Course.  There will be options for a guided van tour of the Mullica River Watershed, “virtual field trips” of the Barnegat Bay and Maurice River and many new presentations as well as popular ones from past years.  For further information and registration, etc. please contact Joanne P  (C)


Mar 11 (Sun): DST Hike at Turkey Swamp Park (Monmouth Co).  10am. 5 miles, easy pace.  This is our 8th annual Daylight Savings Time hike at Turkey Swamp Park. Park information and directions:  Turn into the Main Entrance - 200 Georgia Road, Freehold - drive to the Oak Point picnic area parking lot.  Bring lunch and beverage. Leashed dogs are welcome!   Bring lunch, water and snacks. Inclement weather/icy conditions cancel. Contact leaders to confirm hike. Leona and George F.  609-259-3734 or  (W)


Mar 17 (Sat): St. Patrick’s Day Hike at the NJAS Plainsboro Preserve (Middlesex Co).  10am. 4 miles, easy pace. The Preserve has wildlife exhibits, a reference library and the Nature Store is a great source for field guides, optics, etc. Bring water and snacks. Meet at the Nature Center, 80 Scotts Corner RD, Cranbury, NJ.  Directions:   Option for late lunch at Romeo’s Restaurant.  Inclement weather cancels.  Dogs are not permitted. Co-Leaders:  Leona F, 609-259-3734 or  Joanne P  (RV)


Mar 22 (Thurs): World Day for Water: Canoe/Kayak Lake Oswego (Burlington Co).  10am.  Join us as we enjoy a day on Lake Oswego and explore the upstream reaches too.  World Water Day is held annually on March 22 as a means of focusing attention on the importance of freshwater and advocating for the sustainable management of freshwater resources. New Jersey’s 17-trillion gallon Kirkwood-Cohansey Aquifer is a vast reservoir of fresh water that underlies South Jersey and all of the PinelandsOn October 27, 2017 the NJ Sierra Club filed its second challenge to a controversial plan for a 30-mile pipeline, known as the SRL, through the ecologically sensitive Pinelands Reserve region.  Along with the Sierra Club, Pinelands Preservation Alliance and other environmental groups have raised concerns that the project will impact clean water and contribute to climate change and urban sprawl.  Bring lunch and beverage and snacks.  Please contact leaders to confirm the trip and participation. Experienced cold weather paddlers only. Rental boats are not available.   Leona and George F.  609-259-3734  (W)


Mar 25 (Sun): Canoe/Kayak the Delaware and Raritan Canal (Somerset Co):  10am.  Spring is here and our 7-mile round trip will be on the Griggstown – Blackwells Mills section of the canal.  Bring lunch and hot beverage.  Inclement weather cancels. Rental boats are not available; participants must have their own canoe or kayak.   Contact leaders to confirm participation and meeting location.  George & Leona F 609-259-3734 or  (RV))


Mar 30 (Fri):  Hike at Maurice River Bluffs Preserve (Cumberland Co). 10am. 5 miles, easy pace, some trails have moderate elevations.  The Nature Conservancy prides itself on protecting great places like the Maurice River Bluffs, a majestic preserve overlooking the river.  Directions: Take Route 55 south to Route 49 exit. Turn right onto Route 49 West. After you cross the Maurice River in Millville, turn left onto Cedar Street/Route 555 for 0.2 miles. Then bear left onto Route 627/Silver Run Road, and continue for 1.7 miles. Look for The Nature Conservancy sign on the left side of the road. /  Bring binoculars, water and snacks. Dogs are are not permitted in the Preserve.  Option for late lunch at the Maurice River Diner.  Inclement weather cancels. Contact leaders to confirm hike. George & Leona F. 609-259-3734 or  (W)


Apr 4 (Wed):  Bicycle the Edgar Felix Bikeway (Monmouth Co).  10am. 10 - 12 miles, easy pace.  The Edgar Felix Bikeway is on a rail trail in New Jersey between Manasquan and Allaire State Park. The trail was constructed on a former roadbed of the Farmingdale & Squan Village and Freehold & Jamesburg Agricultural Railroad railroads.   Bicycle helmets must be worn.  Bring water and snacks.  Lunch break at the Allenwood General Store – buy or bring lunch. Contact leaders to confirm the ride and meeting location. George & Leona F. 609-259-3734 or  (C)