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New Trails Open in Wharton State Forest With Help of Medford Vincentown Rotary

The club has adopted this trail as an ongoing community service project for all to enjoy the great outdoors and nature.

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On World Environment Day, June 4, members of the Medford Vincentown Rotary Club cut the ribbon on the entrance to the Whispering Pines Hiking Trail in the Wharton State Forest.


In Tabernacle, the club has adopted this trail as an ongoing community service project for all to enjoy the great outdoors and nature.

“We are honored for the MVRC to serve alongside passionate and dedicated professionals from Wharton State Forest in protecting and promoting a healthy, safe and sustainable outdoor environment,” said club President Fred Wasiak. “We put in several days of trail work to ready the area as a place for all to enjoy.”

1.7 Mile Whispering Pines Hiking Trail

Hikers of all abilities can enjoy the 1.7 mile Whispering Pines Hiking Trail as it meanders along the edge of an Atlantic white cedar swamp then passes through upland pitch pine and oak forest before returning to the trailhead.


5.2 mile Atlantic White Cedar Hiking Trail

For those desiring a longer hike, the 5.2 mile Atlantic White Cedar Hiking Trail can be reached via the Whispering Pines Trail and skirts Atlantic white cedar swamps and abandoned cranberry bogs.

It then follows along tributaries of the Rancocas Creek as it traverses the area.

“Wharton State Forest is excited to open the two new trails in Tabernacle Township. Great partnerships and community involvement were integral to making this happen, said Robert Auermuller, Superintendent of Wharton State Forest. “We are grateful for the help and encourage our visitors to come visit and check out the new trails at Whispering Pines. Please recreate it responsibly!”

The Rotary club will be responsible for the upkeep on the trails. According to Wasiak, “this project supports one of Rotary International’s areas of focus, Protecting the Environment. We are thrilled to serve the Tabernacle community with this ongoing project!”

Both trails are loops with the Whispering Pines Hiking Trail starting and ending at the parking lot which is located at the intersection of Burlington County Road 532 and Patty Bowker Road in Tabernacle Township.

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