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Welcome to the Outdoor Club of South Jersey’s Hiking/Backpacking Meetup. OCSJ is a dues paying club that uses Meetup to schedule all events.

You must be a dues paying member of OCSJ in order to be approved for Meetup. If you are not already a paid member, please go to http://www.ocsj.org , click the join button and follow the directions. Yearly dues are $20 for a single membership and $25 for a family membership. Your yearly dues will include every activity that OCSJ offers. Credit card or check is accepted. A member guest is permitted one time with leader approval.

Membership in OCSJ allows you unlimited free access to the hundreds of activities we offer in:

hiking, biking, paddling, trail maintenance, backpacking, and cross country skiing.

You can find more information on the Club’s offerings and policies on our website http://www.ocsj.org

Meetup is our scheduling tool for all events. Once you have paid, our 3 meetup sites are free to join. Again your yearly dues include all activities from all 3 meetup groups. You must join each meetup group separately (free) in order to RSVP for events. Our other 2 Meetup sites are:

Biking/XC Skiing:




If you have already paid your dues to the Outdoor Club of South Jersey, thank you!

Upcoming events (4+)

Clayton Park hike

Clayton Park

A 5 mile hike in rolling hills. Hard packed clay with roots and maybe a little mud. A great hike for fit beginners. Bring water and a snack. Please leave pets at home. Rain cancels.

Hike leader...Don Beckley[masked]

Workout at Historical Hartshorne Woods Park

1402 Portland Rd

We will hike approximately 7-8 miles through mountain laurel over rolling hills on mostly packed dirt trails. A little more challenging than most of the Pine Barrens trails. We will enjoy views of The Navesink River as well as the ocean. We will also check out the military bunkers from WWII. Dress for the weather. Bring snacks, lunch & water and of course TICK repellent. We will meet at the Rocky Point entrance, 1402 Portland Rd. Highlands. Please text me at[masked] or message me through this site if you have any questions or concerns.

Chutney and salsa hike

Whitesbog Village

5-7 mi. Moderate pace. We will go from woods, to reservoirs, to bogs. Visit the general store after the hike to buy some chutney, salsa, or blueberry preserves. Stay on Rt. 70 to Rt. 530 or 530 through Browns Mills until you see the signs. Your GPS will either take you down a dead end or down a soft sand road. I leave ON TIME so make sure you know where you're going and give yourself enough time to visit the clivis for a pit stop before we leave. Dogs are always welcome in the back on leash. Leader: Faye[masked]

Elephant Swamp Trail. Elk Township

Location visible to members

6 moderate pace hike in Elk Township, Gloucester County. During the 1800's when the circus was traveling through Elk Township an elephant got loose in the swamp and was never seen again. It is still out there. The hike follows the Pa.- Reading rail line, tracks were removed in the 1980's. This is not a loop hike going three miles to Monroeville Road and back. Bring snack and beverage and elephant repellent.
Meet on Recreation Drive at baseball field. This is the second of three parking areas. Go pass parking at tennis courts to next parking between baseball fields

Past events (4,489)

Friday Nite Fitness Hike

Brendan Byrne State Forest Campgrounds

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