Southampton Township, Burlington County
Retreat, to some, could imply a vacation or relaxation. To others
it may mean to run away, seek solitude and isolation, withdraw.
Although this preserve name is derived from a local place name,
both definitions could well apply to the Trust’s Retreat
Preserve. Retreat is definitely isolated. In its dense forest
of pines and Atlantic white cedar swamps, a distant call from
a great horned owl could leave you to feeling very alone and remote.
But one should not lose sight of the preserve’s bright side.
Friendship Swamp offers a scenic winding and open marshy area
along the banks of the Rancocas River. Long abandoned cranberry
bogs provide areas of wet emergent marsh. If you are able to pick
your way through this expansive wet forest, you’ll likely
hear the lively scratching and chatter from towhee in the underbrush.
Or perhaps a glimpse of a great horned owl before it retreats
back into the forest.
Public Access and Uses:
Limited roadside parking is available along New Road. No maintained
trails are available. The Trust allows registration
for deer hunting at this preserve.