The Rancocas Conservancy owns or maintains 10 preserves throughout the Rancocas Creek Watershed. The following is a description of each:
Our largest preserve at 198 acres, it contains a mixture of Pine Barrens and Inner Coastal Plain vegetation. The preserve has a network of walking trails on the south side of the Creek and has a public boat launch and parking lot located on the west side of the Pemberton by-pass. Be sure to find the large vernal pond to hear the frogs call in the Spring.
BEECHWOODS PRESERVE, PEMBERTON BOROUGH
Marked by stately American Beech trees along the south bank of the Rancocas Creek, this 56-acre preserve is laced with hiking and biking trails and located in the heart of Pemberton Borough. The north unit is accessed off Antis Street and contains the ruins of the Budd Cranberry Company facilities; a turn-of-the century enterprise run by one of the original settlers of the region. The south unit is best accessed on the Pemberton Rail Trail along side Clark’s Canoe on Hanover Street..
wurst PRESERVE, medford twp. & evesham twp.
Beautiful at any time of year. Pine Barrens tree frogs are numerous in the spring and the fall colors are breathtaking. A one-mile loop trail takes the visitor through Pine Barrens savannahs, hardwood swamps and by a picturesque pond suitable for picnics. The preserve is located in Medford just south of the Cedar Run Wildlife Refuge. It is located at the intersection of Tansborough and Oak Ridge Roads
Dixontown PRESERVE, MEDFORD township
Donated by Core States Bank, this 11-acre preserve is nestled between Dixontown Road and Stokes Road in Medford Township. It is located along the transition zone between the inner and outer coastal plains which provides for an interesting intermingling of plant life. Access to the property is from the parking lot of the Medford Bowling Center on Stokes Road.
COWAN PRESERVE, MEDFORD TOWNSHIP
A gift from the Township of Medford, this 28-acre tract is a diverse hardwood swamp along the Southwest Branch of the Rancocas Creek. Several rustic trails provide access to the property, but be prepared for wet feet. An excellent location for spring bird watching. To access this property, park along Chapel Avenue near Hobart Drive.
Pipers corner PRESERVE, shamong TOWNSHIP
Freindship Creek PRESERVE, tabernacle TOWNSHIP
mirror lake PRESERVE, TABERNACLE TOWNSHIP
At 3 acres, this is the smallest property the Conservancy manages. But despite its size, it contains a wonderful diversity of early successional Pine Barrens habitats including a healthy population of the beautiful turkey beard. The property can be accessed from Wheeler Trail in Browns Mills.
BEAR SWAMP PRESERVE, MEDFORD AND SOUTHAMPTON TOWNSHIPS
This acquisition was made possible by a donation from the Audubon Wildlife Society. It is now owned by the New Jersey Natural Lands Trust and co-managed with the Conservancy. Look for the prothonotary warblers in the summer. Several trails can be accessed from Hawkins Road in Medford
Greenwood BRANCH Preserve
This compact, 11-acre preserve has ½ mile walking trail loop that takes the visitor though Pitch Pine uplands and Atlantic white-cedar swamps along the south bank of the Greenwood Branch. Most notable are the views from the 25-foot high banks overlooking the meanders of the stream. The property is located on the north side of Four Mile Road 0.8 miles south of the New Lisbon Post office. Parking for two cars is available off the sand lane at the Preserve’s entrance.