2012 Manumuskin River Preserve Millville, NJ
Schooner Landing Road
Second Visit and Best Exploration Day
Owned By The Nature Conservancy
Oh Manumuskin you are my favorite exploring spot in all of South Jersey. It was one of the last Summer days left of 2012. I didn’t have the kid so it was time to get my solo exploration on. Some people think I’m a little nuts venturing off into a 3500 acre preserve all alone. However, it is honestly where I find my solace. I love it.
I parked at Schooner Landing Road. Walked down the straight dilapidated asphalt path. It is a nice long walk, it eventually turns into a dirt road. There are nice whimsical pine trees that sway in the wind lining the path.
Now, this place is popular for its “blue holes.” The first one you will encounter perhaps 2 miles in towards your right. The Nature Conservancy has blocked off some trails. They don’t want you to really swim at the ponds. They are beautiful, majestic, and turquoise. I’ve been here a few times before and it is quite beautiful to just lounge on the white sandy beach. See the fishes in the clear water.
There was a storm coming in so it was a bit choppy, but if you see the picture it’s a beautiful spot.
I then crossed over the railroad tracks. A train was just sitting effervescently in the middle of nowhere. I found some old sand mining ruins off in the woods along the trails. Back in the day, that is what they did here. The ponds were created from the old mining. They are absolutely beautiful and peaceful these ponds. There are three of these guys on the conservancy.
If you walk around, there are portions of sand trails. There are also old remnants of the roads that intertwine in the landscape. An old town now in ruins, Fries Mills was once a semi-booming area.
I had to leave rather quickly. A bad summer storm was making its way in, but I got to find the 2nd pond that I’ve always tried finding in the past. So this was a huge treat for me!!
There is nothing more peaceful than coming here and getting lost in nature. I adore it. Looking forward to exploring more.