The trailhead in Medford Park is accessible from Gill Road (see map) off Allen Avenue. The most convenient access point is in the Park at the foot of Coates Street (see map) where a playground, picnic facilities and parking close to the launch site are available. The trail ends at a landing at Kirby’s Mill on Church Road (see map). From there, the Rancocas continues on its scenic way to its juncture with the Delaware River. Although the stream is navigable from Lumberton to the Delaware River, the stretch from Kirby’s Mill to Lumberton is currently blocked by a logjam.
In good weather, with average stream conditions, Kirby’s Mill can be reached from the park area in about an hour. One-way downstream trips are an easy way to enjoy an outing on the water. The return trip, against the current, takes about an hour and a half. A round trip, starting at Kirby’s Mill or at the park, makes a pleasant half-day outing. When planning an outing, paddlers must take into account their own abilities and weather forecasts. Thunderstorms and heavy rains can cause strong currents and dangerous stream conditions that make trips inadvisable. Enjoy the water but be careful.
The Medford Canoe Trail is a natural stream subject to changing weather and natural conditions. While efforts have been made to clear the stream, all canoeists need to be aware that potential obstructions (logs or newly fallen trees) may be present.
Gill Road Launch Site
From Intersection of Route 70 and Main Street (Route 541): Head South on Main Street. Turn right at Library onto Allen Avenue. Turn left at Gill Road. Park in designated parking area.
Alternative Parking: Continue on Main Street past Library. Cross Bridge. Immediately bear right at Mill Street intersection. Turn right at Bunning Field. Park in designated parking areas.
Coates Street Launch Site
From Intersection of Route 70 and Main Street (Route 541): Head South on Main Street. Turn left at first traffic light onto Bank Street. Turn right at McClain Avenue. Turn left at Coates Street and continue into Medford Park. Park on grass on both sides of dirt road leading to launch site.
Download a Canoe Trail Map
GIS Map of Canoe Trail – Link
Rules and Guidelines
- Please stay in your canoe/kayak at all times. The distinctive “cedar” color of the creek obscures the streambed and any hazards.
- If an obstacle is encountered, only portage if you can safely do so.
- Public access points are clearly signed. Please stay on the trail and respect private property.
- One life jacket per person must accompany each canoe.
- Wear your life jacket.
- Do not attempt a trip longer than you are capable of completing.
- For the beauty and health of the creek, please pick up your own trash and a little extra, if you can! Carry trash out and place in trash receptacles.
- Please do not pick the vegetation.
- Do not feed or approach wildlife – Enjoy from a distance.
- Alcoholic beverages are not permitted on Parks System property.
Tips & Suggestions
- Check the weather forecast. Getting caught on the water in a thunderstorm can be dangerous!
- Leave all valuables (cameras, jewelry, money, etc.) at home or locked in the trunk of your car.
- Use neck strap to prevent losing eyeglasses.
- Use waterproof bags for car keys, cell phones, food or extra clothing, and SECURE in canoe.
- Wear old sneakers or river shoes.
- If you tip, stay upstream of canoe.
Items to Bring
- Insect Repellant
- Sunglasses w/strap
- Old sneakers/water shoes
- Water-tight bags for keys, cell phones, etc.
- Change of clothing
- Length of rope to secure supplies
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