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Microsoft PowerPoint - 100 Page Rancocas Creek Water Trail Guide (NXPowerLite)

Growing up in close

Growing up in close proximity to the Rancocas Creek I like numerous others took it for granted. Around 2013 John Trontis of the NJ State Park Service asked would I paddle down the Rancocas and report back findings if the on the North Branch Rancocas Creek Greenwood Branch brought about numerous capsizes and damaged canoes and kayaks. c edar tree’s w resulting issues. Rancocas Creek is the chock stone of the wild and wooly conditions of Pine Barren paddling. through endless meadows and towns, reaching Smithville and then Mt. Holly. This is classic Pine Barrens flat-w ater placid, bucolic paddling. beaches, pitch pines waving, big sky blanketing a summer paddle. All chill and relaxing. Introduction C reek would make a suitable Bluewater Trail. Paddling out Swift running water pushes one up against blown- down Enter the Burlington County Canoe Trail, paddle down Launches on narrow sandy sugar sand Mt. Holly oxbow channel, and flood channel pierces downtown and the old Mill Dam and Raceway. and enjoyable paddling the Rancocas becomes. It is a paddle back in time. Launching and rounding the fir st bend in Mt. Holly one realizes how unique, remote One catches the tide and is pulled out of Mt. Holly westward past Timbuctoo, Long Bridge Burlington County Park, creek banks buffered by extensive fresh water marshes, all vibrant, dynamic, and full of wildlife. enjoyable paddling. though the Ra ncocas State Park, past a State of NJ Natural Area, past Even being passed by an i nfrequent seasonal jet ski and or motor boat adds to the One reaches in solitude, the semi-w ild confluence of the North and South Branch. Paddle back up to South Branch to the Burlington County Boat Ramp in Hainesport or paddle down under the Turnpike and Rt 295 bridges to open tidal water and eventually reaching the Delaware River. years of maritime heritage anchors the Creek. Paddling it allows one to touch heritage literally and figuratively. Horsehead Point, Shallop blockades, creek side distillers, underground rail road, native American sites, eagles, hawks, sand westward into a setting sun, a view basically unchanged since early settlers sailed the tidewaters. mills, portages and the like. resource. Creekside eating and music in Mt. Holly, Pemberton, Hainesport, Riverside, Delanco. What stands out along the Rancocas Creek? The Creek, her people, community and heritage. An unstated beauty app reciates the local resource of the Rancocas Creek. p ipers, herons, period battles stuck in the mud, you Paddle down to gain unde rstandings to the so called featureless creek. Rancocas C reek 400 paddling Marl mines, old is hidden from plain sight as an unwrapped amazing R ancocas Pathways www.rcnwt.com Exploring Historic Pathways, Discovering New Understandings

Main Stem Melpine Landing North Branch Confluence North Branch Smithville Burl Co Canoe Trail Burlington County Boat Ramp Lumberton Municipal Launch Approximate Distances w Average Leisurely Paddling Time South Branch Burlington County Canoe Trail : Pemberton to Mt. Holly........ 14 miles (6-8 hrs) Mt. Holly Oxbow Paddle Circuit................................................ 2 miles ( 1- 2 hours) Mt. Holly to Melpine Landing....................................................6 miles ( 2- 3 hrs) M elpine to Lumberton............................................................. 6 miles ( 3- 4 hours) M t. Holly to Lumberton ............................................................ 10 Miles ( 5- 6 hours) Mt. Holly to Lightening Jacks Marina....................................... 14 miles ( 5- 6 hours) Paddle Note: All paddling and multi- use activities in these areas as above of the Rancocas Creek are on tidal waters. SW Branch Paddle Safe. Wear a PFD. Respect Access and Multi-U se.

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