Moorestown, Burlington County
Recognized by the many citizen of the community of Moorestown as South Valley Woods, this large block of upland and wetland forest represents the conservation efforts of many individuals. The Moorestown Project Area was started by the Trust in 1986 as an area targeted for preservation when it agreed to accept ownership and management of a few tiny parcels scattered among an un-built paper subdivision. With help from motivated individuals who convinced other small property owners to donate their lands, Moorestown Township, which assembled tax foreclosures in the project area and then transferred the package to the Trust, and Save The Environment Moorestown (S.T.E.M.), the local conservation nonprofit which coordinated so many of these efforts, the woods are now open for hiking and nature study. Next to South Valley Elementary School, students can hear the birds sing and view red shoulder hawk glide the sky above the outdoor playgrounds. Neighbors have established a self-maintained hiking path occasionally used by the school groups.
Public Access and Uses:
Unofficial parking can be had during after-school hours at the end of South Stanwick Road. Access to the unmarked, volunteer-maintained hiking trails begins here. Hunting is not permitted at this preserve.