When you think of old authentic covered bridges, New England and Northeastern states come to mind. Our neighbor Pennsylvania has the most in the country at 219. New Jersey has only two remaining.

One is historic, the Green Sergeant's Covered Bridge in Stockton, Hunterdon County. It was built in 1872, back at a time 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 really nice subdivisions in the 1960s and '70s in Cherry Hill and surrounding towns. He was a WWII hero and came home from the war eager to ply his trade as a builder. He gained a strong 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 development Barclay Farms. He needed a bridge over a creek that would connect his two parcels of land that he was developing. So Bob built a covered bridge hoping to attract more interest in his project. It still stands today and is being carefully looked after by some concerned neighbors.

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

The Scarborough Bridge is historic in that it marked a time of massive building and prosperity in post-WWII America. It was also a brilliant marketing move and still looks pretty darn good after all these years.

It did have a renovation in 1993 and the townsfolk in that area still want to make sure it's maintained well into the future. After all, in 100 years no one will make a distinction between a covered bridge that was built in the late 1800s or the mid-1900s. Right?

Where you can 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 all about the beach. Our state has some incredible trails, waterfalls, and lakes to enjoy.

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

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

If you are going downhill and run into an uphill hiker, step to the side and give the uphill hiker space. A hiker going uphill has the right of way unless they stop to catch their breath.

Always stay on the trail, you may see side paths, unless they are marked as an official trail, steer clear of them. By going off-trail you may cause damage to the ecosystems around the trail, the plants, and wildlife that live there.

You also do not want to disturb the wildlife you encounter, just keep your distance from the wildlife and continue hiking.

Bicyclists should yield to hikers and horses. Hikers should also yield to horses, but I’m not sure how many horses you will encounter on the trails in New Jersey.
If you are thinking of bringing your dog on your hike, they should be leashed, and make sure to clean up all pet waste.

Lastly, be mindful of 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 of the best hiking spots in New Jersey, check out their suggestions:

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