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Where to Find Historic Covered Bridges in New Jersey

When you think of authentic old covered bridges, you think of New England and the Northeastern states. Our neighbor, Pennsylvania, has the most in the country with 219. New Jersey has just two left.

One is the historic Sergeant Green Covered Bridge in Stockton, County Hunterdon. It was built in 1872, when the covered bridge was commonplace in America.

The other remaining covered bridge was a brilliant marketing structure built by legendary South Jersey builder Bob Scarborough. Scarborough built some very fine housing estates in the 1960s and 1970s in Cherry Hill and surrounding towns. He was a hero of World War II and returned from the war eager to ply his trade as a builder. He built a solid reputation over the years and became one of the biggest builders in southern New Jersey.

When Cherry Hill was still known as Delaware Township in the 1950s, Scarborough was building the Barclay Farms development. He needed a bridge over a stream that would connect his two plots of land he was developing. So Bob built a covered bridge in hopes of attracting more interest in his project. It still stands today and is carefully maintained by concerned neighbors.

The Mitchell family, who live down the street on Covered Bridge Road, recently alerted township officials that the bridge needed some TLC.

The Scarborough Bridge is historic in that it marked a time of massive construction and prosperity in post-war America. It was also a brilliant marketing stunt and it still looks great after all these years.

It underwent a renovation in 1993 and the people of this area still want to make sure it is maintained in the future. After all, in 100 years no one will distinguish between a covered bridge built in the late 1800s or the mid 1900s. Right?

Where to Find Historic Covered Bridges in New Jersey

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These are the best hiking spots in New Jersey

A trip to New Jersey doesn’t have to be just the beach. Our state has incredible trails, waterfalls and lakes to enjoy.

From the Pine Barrens to the Appalachian Trail to New Jersey’s hidden gems, you have plenty of options for a great hike. Hiking is a great way to spend time outdoors and enjoy nature, plus it’s a great workout.

Before you hit the trails and explore some of our listeners’ suggestions, I have some tips on hiking etiquette from the American Hiking Society.

If you descend and encounter an uphill hiker, pull to the side and give the uphill hiker some space. An uphill hiker has the right of way unless they stop to catch their breath.

Always stay on the trail, you may see side paths, unless marked as an official trail, avoid them. Going off the trail, you risk damaging the ecosystems around the trail, the plants and wildlife that live there.

You also don’t want to disturb any wildlife you encounter, just keep your distance from the wildlife and continue hiking.

Cyclists must yield to hikers and horses. Hikers should also give in to horses, but I’m not sure how many horses you’ll encounter on New Jersey trails.

If you plan to take your dog on your hike, they must be on a leash and be sure to clean up all pet waste.

Finally, pay attention to the weather, if the trail is too muddy, it’s probably best to save your hike for another day.

I asked our listeners for their suggestions on the best hiking spots in New Jersey, check out their suggestions: