Skylands - Warren County, NJ








The Appalachian Trail

Standard white blazes. The AT passes through Warren County from the Delaware Water Gap to the county line just north of Millbrook Gap. See Long Distance Trails.


Allamuchy Mountain State Park

Managed by NJ Parks and Forests

Acreage: 8,683

Jorba Map:

See also NYNJ Trail Conference's excellent Jersey Highlands Trails map series (LINK NEEDED)

Allamuchy Mountain State Park lies both within Warren and Sussex Counties, but it is easy to separate the two sections because it has been severed by the creation of Interstate 80. With the exception of a short piece of Waterloo North Trail, all of the trails to the southwest of Rt 80 are in Warren County, while all trails to the northeast are in Sussex except . The Highlands Trail and Morris Canal towpath cross from one to the other. See Sussex County for the description of trails in that section. The Warren County section is often known as the "Deer Park" section of the preserve. This section of the park was one of the two European style "Deer Parks" in NJ that are now state parks (the other is Worthington State Forest). The property was once part of the Rutherford Stuyvesant estate, and the Warren section of it was their hunting grounds. The Rutherford Hall is now owned by Allamuchy Twp. Board of Education. Allamuchy Pond Trail accesses it. The state park takes a native American name meaning "place within the hills".


Old Stuvesant Road, Allamuchy: Lat 40°55'30.97"N Long 74°48'30.87"W

Allamuchy Pond: Lat 40°54'51.75"N Long 74°48'55.38"W

Panther Valley retail parking: Lat 40°54'13.59"N Long 74°49'24.18"W

Saxton Falls: Lat 40°53'17.89"N Long 74°47'51.60"W

Former Lock Tender's House, Waterloo Road: Lat 40°53'48.76"N Long 74°47'27.51"W

Deer Park Road (first lot only): Lat 40°53'16.73"N Long 74°48'51.05"W (Other parking areas, when open seasonally are simply further along the same road).

Stuyvesant Road near county line (north of Allamuchy) and Tranquility Farm Lane: Lat 40°56'4.20"N Long 74°48'11.18"W


Deer Path Trail: 6.6 miles, white blazed. This trail begins at the first parking area along the dirt Deer Park Road. It makes it's way into woods next to a small pond wetland, then makes it's way through mixed hardwood forests, with yellow blazed Birch Trail joining on the right. An unmarked abandoned road to the left leads down hill to Allamuchy Pond Trail. The former road is now partially blazed as part of this route further on. The trail continues on through woods to the north, and  unblazed side trails lead off shortly to a very scenic overlook along Rt 80. The overlook parking should not be considered an access point for trail use, though trail users will want to take this side trip for the view, regardless of the fact that it is along the highway. It is worth the trip. The side trails may be spuratically blazed. Deer Path Trail continues to the south and is joined by both Waterloo North and South Trails. It then makes it's way to the shore of Deer Park Pond, crossing it's outlet on a foot bridge. Deer Path Trail then turns away through woods and comes out to Deer Park Road. Some spuratic white blazes follow the dirt road to the left on back to the parking area, while a right turn on the road leads to the head of the Birch Trail and Lake View Trail.

Birch Trail: 0.6 mile, yellow blazed. This shorter trail leads from Deer Park Road near the second parking area, just past an abandoned house and shed on to the Deer Path Trail.

Barberry Trail: 0.8 mile, red blazed. This trail leads through lower terrain from the Deer Path Trail to Lake View Trail, and along the shore of Deer Park Pond. One of the most interesting trails in the Deer Park section, it's route through lower lands passes by a remarkable tree with roots above ground. It must have grown this way either because of wet conditions, or because it grew around a fallen tree.

Lake View Trail: 2.3 miles, blue blazed. This trail begins at the second parking area on Deer Park Road, and makes it's way along the dirt road to an access to Deer Path Trail, then turns right along the former road route out to Deer Path Pond. It continues as a wide, easy path to the foot bridge over the outlet, where the Deer Path Trail also rejoins briefly, and continues along the east shore of the lake. After Barberry Trail joins from the left, it heads up hill on a narrower track to Deer Path Trail.

Waterloo North Trail: 0.9 mile, orange blazed. This short trail makes a switch back from Waterloo Road just east of the intersection with Kinney Road, and heads to Deer Path Trail near Deer Park Pond.

Waterloo South Trail: 0.5 mile, green blazed. This short trail leads from Waterloo Road a short distance east from where the Highlands Trail and Morris Canal Trail cross it, up hill steeply to Deer Path Trail.

Highlands Trail: Teal diamond blazed. A portion of the Highlands Trail passes through this park. See Long Distance Trails: Highlands Trail.

Morris Canal Trail: Yellow plastic octagon emblem blazed. A section of the Morris Canal Trail and historic route pass through the park. See Long Distance Trails: Morris Canal for details.

Allamuchy Pond Trail: 2.2 miles, blazed with large metal "Rutherford Mansion" discs, hammered too far into the trees, and not always standard. This trail makes it's way around the perimeter of Allamuchy Pond. Beginning near the Rutherford Mansion, it crosses the spillway of the dam and continues through the woods. Last checked, there were two parallels trails a short distance apart, both blazed. The route continues through woods and out to former farm lands on the west side. The trail follows an old farm road for a bit near "Weirtown", now known locally as "Panther Valley", and continues parallel with Rt 517. It follows a brook for a bit, crosses, and then follows the abandoned former road along the shore of Allamuchy Pond before closing the loop.

Old Connector Road: An abandoned woods road connects Deer Path Trail with Allamuchy Pond Trail. The latter is co-aligned with it for a short distance. The road is easy to follow through the woods, but becomes rather difficult as it skirts old farm fields near the bottom. It then becomes clear again as it reaches Allamuchy Pond Trail. The road continues past an old farmstead with an abandoned house and barns before terminating at "Weirtown" on Rt 517 near the 7-Eleven.

Switchback Junkyard Road: This unofficial trail was once the home of a hermit who lived on the south edge of Allamuchy Mountain. He had an insane collection of junk vehicles. Walking the road once revealed older vehicles, the further one climbed. The state had all of these junk vehicles removed in the late 2000s, and the road ends at the clearing and former home site. An indistinct path leads from this point to Deer Park Road. A power line also runs nearby.

Waterloo-519 Trail: See Sussex County Allamuchy Mountain State Park

Switchback Trail: 2.0 miles, orange blazed. This trail in part follows old Stuyvesant Road, as well as other old woods roads, making a connection with limited parking along Rt 517 in the village of Allamuchy. This trail might be used with Allamuchy Pond Trail and a short road walk to do a large loop using both sections of the park.

Ditch/Cardiac Trail: 2.0 miles, purple blazed. This trail makes a long loop off the south side of the Waterloo-517 Trail, and is probably named due to the tough workout one gets from attempting to hike it. It has a slight overlook near Rt 80 along it's route. The eastern end of this trail is in Sussex County.

Road Walk Connector: 0.75 mile, unblazed. From the parking area for Allamuchy Pond Trail near Rutherford Hall, hikers may make a connection to the east end of the park so that long loops can be made. The Morris Canal and Highlands Trail already provide the connection on the south side, but nothing has been formalized on the north. Regardless, the road walk is interesting enough. Cross Rt 80 on the bridge for Rt 517. The town of Allamuchy is just below. A pizza place and general store is on the corner for hungry hikers. For those wishing for a quicker snack, there is a gas station store. On the south side of the road is a short dead end street known as Puffer Road. Along this route is an old church and a caretaker's house. The church is the last piece of land still owned by the Rutherford family. The Rutherfords sold their amazing mansion to become the Villa Madonna, a home for Nuns. Prior to the construction of Rt 80, the road continued from Rutherford Hall to the church. After 80 was constructed, they made their own chapel in the hall. The Rutherfords are still supportive of preservation efforts to this day, and have donated to historic causes in Allamuchy, so please respect their property and do not trespass. Just ahead, old Stuyvesant Road breaks off to the right. This is the route of the Switchback Trail.

Overlook Duct Tape Trail: blazed with pieces of duct tape. Unofficial trail. This path lead from the eastbound scenic overlook, on the west side of the parking lot, down hill parallel with Rt 80 to the woods road and abandoned building below the dam at Allamuchy Pond. It is difficult to follow, and not an official trail, but we followed it to make our way to Allamuchy Pond Trail near Rutherford Hall.


Beaver Brook Wildlife Management Area

Managed By: NJ Fish, Game, and Wildlife

Acreage: 606.21


        (note, this map does not include the Ramseyburg property)

Parking: Mutton Hill Road, Sarepta Road, Ledge Road

Trails: Many informal trails exist throughout the property. The former Warren Railroad approaches the Manunka Chunk Tunnel through the south side of the property, but is flooded by Catherine's Run and very overgrown with invasive Mulitiflora Rose. Multiple ATV paths criss cross fields throughout the property. From the former railroad crossing, an excellent farm road continues straight ahead, through two fields and a section of woods, and nears a former artificial waterway constructed to carry Catherine's Run away from the Manunka Chunk Tunnel. Another farm road turns right from the fields and ascends to a seasonal view with pastoral settings. It is possible to walk several field borders throughout the hillside. Along Upper Sarepta Road at a ninety degree bend, near the intersection with Mutton Hill Road, there is a fantastic view of the surrounding countryside. A short walk from Ledge Road, where limited parking is available will lead into an abandoned quarry from which the road takes it's name. Intrepid off trail hikers may also follow another section of the property along the scenic Beaver Brook to the south. No trails are blazed.


Belvidere and Delaware Railroad

This former railroad section, abandoned in 1955, would be a fantastic rail trail from Manunka Chunk Tunnel south to Rt 46 near King Cole Grove, but is not in public ownership.


Columbia Wildlife Management Area

Managed by NJ Dept of Fish, Game, and Wildlife

Acreage: 1063.42


Trails: Former New York, Susquehanna, and Western Railroad passes through a portion along Columbia Lake, and has recently been refurbished as an extension to Paulins Kill Valley Trail and Liberty-Water Gap Trail. Many other woods roads pass through various sections and through fields.


Brick Yard Property

Managed by Warren County Department of Land Preservation

Acreage: ?

Map: None yet available

Parking: None yet available

Trails: There are no formal trails, however the Morris Canal greenway passes through. More notation will be added later.


Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area (Warren Co Section)

Managed by National Park Service



Karamac Trail (Unblazed, 1.1 miles): This trail travels along the Delaware River from nearly under the Rt 80 underpass to the Karamac parking area along Old Mine Road (actually River Road in this section). There is a gate near the three minute traffic light (reportedly the longest one in NJ) where the trail begins. In this section, it follows the old right of way of the New York, Susquehanna, and Western Railroad (1881-1955). Further to the south, this rail line makes up most of the Paulins Kill Valley Trail. North of it's western terminus in Columbia, the line turned north through Columbia, and most of it was obliterated due to the construction of Rt 80. Once 80 crosses the Delaware, the rail bed resumes. Immediately, an old mile marker denotes eighty one miles to Jersey City, with a "JC".

The trail follows along a shelf with the Delaware below. It can sometimes be wet, especially in the Spring.

The trail turns away from the rail bed at the former trestle site, where a through style truss bridge once carried the NYS&W across the Delaware. Even the piers are slowly beginning to deteriorate. Some sources say the bridge was washed out in the Great Flood of 1955, while others say it was simply dismantled.

There are two different routes one can take from the bridge site. An upper route is indistinct, and crosses over a knoll. The more interesting lower route follows a narrow path along the slope toward the river. Do not attempt this trail during icy conditions because a slip will send you falling off into the Delaware below.

The trail widens, and soon reaches the ruins of part of former Karamac Inn. Steps lead down to the river at this point, where there is an awesome view of the former trestle site. Notice on the PA side how the abutment has begun sinking!

The trail continues from here up hill toward the Karamac Parking Area. There are a few ruins along the way back to the lot. An unmarked and indistinct, unofficial trail continues along the Delaware and reaches the camp ground road of Worthington State Forest. Directly across from the Karamac parking lot is the Farview Parking lot, where begins Worthington's Farview Trail.

The Karamac Trail can be reached from the AT as well; when the AT ascends the paved path to the toll bridge walkway, remain on the road and walk under the Rt 80 bridge to Karamac Trail on the other side.

Kaiser Road Trail: (blue blazed, 3.5 miles) This former cross mountain road is named for a farming family who owned the land prior to the establishment of Delaware Water Gap NRA. Beginning at Old Mine Road, it climbs 1000 feet up the Kittatinny Ridge, with two side trails connecting to nearby Coppermines Trail in the middle. Near the top of the ascent there are seasonal views of the Delaware Valley. The trail joins the AT, and follows it for a short distance, then turns off to descend the south side of the ridge, with more views of the Lower Yards Creek Reservoir. It continues to descend past an abandoned building before ending at Yards Creek Scout Camp.

Copper Mines Trail (Red blazed, 2.1 miles): This trail connects Old Mine Road with Camp Road. This trail also marks the official beginning of Old Mine Road, an historic route built on an aboriginal trade route between this point and Esopus (Kingston) New York. The trail begins at Copper Mines parking area and splits in two at the ruins of the Pahaquarry Mining Company building. The lower trail is unmarked and leads to the mouth of an abandoned copper mine. The main trail climbs to an old woods road and passes a second mine, then crosses Copper Mines Creek, and continues to ascend steeply past many lovely cascades to the AT near Mohican Camp Road, a short distance from Mohican Outdoors Center.

Donkey Hollow Trail (Unblazed): The former Donkey's Corners Road leads from Millbrook Village to Flatbrook-Stillwater Road. Much of it follows scenic Van Campens Brook. A side road leads to a former homestead site.

Catfish Tower Road (Unblazed): Of course, the Appalachian Trail goes to the same place as the fire road, and actually cuts off some distance. However, for those looking for something a bit different, there is another view point for those who follow the road. After leaving Millbrook-Blairstown Road, the AT turns left, leaving the road. The road continues to a switchback, and soon crosses the AT again. Past this crossing, the road turns right on another switchback, and follows the edge of the ridge. To the left there is an open area. Turn off trail briefly here for a nice view out over northern Warren County. The road continues up hill to Catfish Tower.

Rattlesnake Swamp Trail (Orange blazed): This trail departs from the Catfish Fire Tower road a short distance from where the AT departs to the left. Rattlesnake Swamp Trail turns right and skirts the edge of a nice swamp for some distance. During flood contitions this trail may be under water. It continues on to a junction, where to the left it ascends to rejoin the AT at an incredible view point. Appalachian Mountain Club has done extensive rehabilitation of this trail section. The route to the right leads into the Mohican Outdoors Center of the AMC.

Mohican Outdoors Center Trails: Depart from the camp road near the main office.

Van Campen Glen Trail: (yellow blazed): This excellent trail leads along the left side of the Van Campen Brook, passes a small waterfall, then crosses the brook on a foot bridge. It continues to Van Campen Falls, one of the lovliest waterfalls in NJ. It then ascends to possibly the finest examples of erosion and turbidity in the state, where the creek has carved a notch in the rock and caused erosion holes several feet deep. The trail continues high above the creek, then passes the ruins of a former dam. It continues ahead across Cutoff Trail, a former road, and becomes much more level as it continues across another former driveway to an abandoned house on the right, then ends at Watergate Picnic Area after crossing Van Campen Brook once more.

Watergate Trail: Unblazed. This trail follows a former road from the northern end of Van Campen Glen Trail, through Watergate Picnic Area along Van Campen Brook into Millbrook Village. Before terminating at Millbrook-Blairstown Road, it passes by several historic buildings.

Orchard Trail (aka McCool Trail): This short trail begins on Old Mine Road, across from the parking area in Millbrook Village near the restrooms. It ascends via an old roadway, but leaves the roadway at times to ascend through successional fields and former orchards. Orchard Trail ends at Hamilton Ridge Trail.

Hamilton Ridge Trail: Unblazed. This trail follows the route of the abandoned Hamilton Ridge Road, paved. It stretches from Old Mine Road north of Millbrook, south to Old Mine Road near the Van Campen parking lot. It makes connections with Orchard Trail and Pioneer Trail. Hamilton Ridge Trail follows the probable original route of Old Mine Road. Near the southern end of the trail, the abandoned Depue Cemetery is just off to the south side and is worth a visit.

Pioneer Trail: (orange blazed) From Van Campen lot, Pioneer Trail breaks away from Hamilton Ridge Trail by continuing straight on the old road ahead where Hamilton Ridge Trail goes right. Pioneer Trail then continues on to pass two abandoned houses. The first one is a very large one of great antiquity, but both are sadly beyond anyone's interest to repair. Pioneer Trail then passes by an old garage collapse, and continues on the old road until it forks off to the left near some nice big trees. The trail continues ahead on another woods road beside a stone wall. It continues for a bit, and then turns right to ascend the Hamilton Ridge among hay ferns along stone rows. This was the original route of the Pioneer Trail; it continued along a high shelf above the Delaware, and along a woods road until it turned a hard right to ascend to Hamilton Ridge Road. Unfortunately, a huge washout severed this trail, exposing bedrock over more than a hundred foot stretch of the route. Crossing this site is extremely difficult. The current route of Pioneer Trail ascends to Hamilton Ridge Trail and is sometimes steep.

Cutoff Trail: Unblazed. This former road once connected Old Mine Road with Millbrook-Blairstown Road. It now serves as a connection and access point to Van Campen Glen Trail. It is still paved, and passes by former home sites, though no more than foundations remain.

Old Gaisler Road: Unblazed. While many older maps show this as a through route, it is now not only closed, but large fines and jail time will be imposed for those trying to hike it! The road currently ends at a cul de sac, but it was once possible to continue walking. A foot bridge had been built across a tributary to Yards Creek, after which the trail led into Yards Creek Scout Camp where hikers could pick up Kaiser Road Trail. This hike is no longer possible due to power company closures of the property.


Footbridge Park

Managed by Blairstown Twp.


Trails: Paulins Kill Valley Trail passes through. There is a long foot bridge across the Paulins Kill River which connects the town and many businesses with the park. See Long Distance trails


Griffith Woods Natural Area

Managed by Washington Township

Acreage: 44.4

Trails: None of the trails follow standardized blazing, marked with diamond shaped tags.

Red Trail (1.5 miles): This trail makes the longest loop within Griffith Woods. It travels to the northernmost section of the preserve, and then skirts a stone wall near the propety boundary before looping back and passing close to the tributary to Lake Marguerite. The White Trail can be used to shorten the loop.

White Trail (0.1 mile): This short trail allows for a shorter loop using the Red Trail.

Blue Trail (0.2): This trail begins at an access point on Jonestown Road. It travels north to connect with the southern end of the Red Trail. This trail can sometimes be wet.


Knowlton Trail/Tunnel Park

Managed by Knowlton Township and Kittatinny Valley State Park

Proposed in 2011, this proposed trail would make possible a loop using Paulins Kill Valley Trail and a few short road walks. The conceptual trail follows the right of way of the former Lehigh and New England Railroad (1886-1962). The rail bed crossed Rt 94 and Bruglar Road where the two roads connect. A path could be cleared from this site following a long abandoned construction railroad to tunnel park just to the north. This right of way was actually intended as the LNE railroad's own main line route that never came to fruition. The trail would follow this from Tunnel Park where there are recreational ball fields and a culvert below the Lackawanna cutoff to the former main line of the Lehigh and New England, and follow it through new municipal land to state land at Stark Road. The right of way then continues through the Knowlton Twp. municipal road department property and out to Simpson Road, the frontage road along Rt 80.


Lake Marguerite Nature Preserve

Managed by Washington Township

Acreage: 22.7


From a parking area on Jonestown Road, near the corner of Brass Castle Road, the main trail is an old road that leads through fields, with a few mowed side trails, into the woods and out to Lake Marguerite, a lovely pond where fishing privileges are reserved for children.

Lake Marguerite has a perimeter trail that skirts it's edge. There are several foot bridges over it's tributaries. These trails join with those of Griffith Woods Natural Area near the inlet. These trails are unblazed, but Griffith Woods are.


Limestone Ridge Preserve

Managed by Ridge and Valley Conservancy

Acreage: 384



Off Rt 521; at Givens/Bilet American Legion Post, private, but hikers parking allowed: Lat 40°58'28.80"N Long 74°57'28.30"W


Ridge and Valley Trail: marked with slate RVC markers. Note: This trail is separate from the section of same named long trail in the Long Distance Trails section. From the parking area, the trail enters the woods and splits in two. To the left, the trail splits once more, for a longer or shorter loop. To the right, the trail gains more elevation and passes over top of the limestone ridge. To the left, the trail more closely parallels the high hillside above Rts 521 and 94 until the trails come back together. The trail then heads south away from Rt 94 maintaining elevation above a lovely ravine. It then turns to the west to close in the loop in lovely forest.


Lehigh and Hudson River Rail Trail

Managed by NJ Dept of Fish, Game, and Wildlife, Warren County

Built in 1886 and abandoned in 1986, this former railroad right of way is currently in several pieces. It breaks away from the former Belvidere and Delaware Railroad in Belvidere, and continues east. There is a section of it set aside as a trail through an age restricted community west of county Rt 623. The line is clear all the way to the former junction site, but not all in public ownership. East of 623, it is clear but on private land to the Rt 519 bridge in Bridgeville.

From abandoned Edison Road, it is in public ownership to Buttsville, but there is no parking, an undecked tie bridge, and no access on the west end because the Edison Road bridge was removed.

From beneath the former Lackawanna Railroad's Pequest Viaduct east to Pequest Road in Townsbury, the right of way is within Pequest Wildlife Management Area, and is clear but difficult to walk due to heavy ballast rock.

More than six more miles of the rail bed are on public land from Great Meadows northeast to Allamuchy Farm Lane in county and municipal open space. Some sections are overgrown, full of ballast rock, and there are undecked bridges. Still, the right of way offers beautiful scenery through the Alphano Flats, and along the Pequest River. The route also passes the historic Allamuchy Freight Station that was recently restored.


Merrill Creek Reservoir Nature Preserve

Managed by: Merrill Creek Owners Group

Acreage: 650 (reservoir) and 290 (protected lands)



The trails at Merrill Creek Reservoir are not standard blazes. They are large metal markers with "MCR" written on them in different colors.

Perimeter Trail (Black on white blazed, 5.5 miles) While the Perimeter Trail is considered to be 5.5 miles, the easternmost section of it is co-aligned with other trails, and so only about 4.5 is it's own separate trail, and is presented as such here.

From the main parking area, the Perimeter Trail descends through woods heading down hill. Don't forget to make a stop at the visitor center if you haven't done so before. There is a paved trail to it's front with light bollards lining the way, and it is one of the finest public visitor centers in the state.

The Orchard Trail breaks away from Perimeter Trail on the way down. Cross a foot bridge over a wet area and cross the boat launch parking area. The trail now follows a gravel road past a gate through a successional meadow with Eastern Red Cedars (Juniperus Virginiana), actually non native tree brought to America by colonists. They are now considered naturalized.

The trail, still a gravel road, crosses the southeast dike, and then passes through another line of woods before reaching the main dam. Here, the trail diverges. To the left, hikers may descend to the bottom of the dam and cross Merrill Creek on a foot bridge, then climb the other side, or simply walk across the top of the dam, which offers a limited view of Stewartsville to the south. On a clear day, the Kittatinny Ridge can be seen to the north across the reservoir. Lows Hollow Road can be seen below the dam; it once continued through before the construction of the reservoir.

Once on the other side of the main dam, the Perimeter Trail becomes a foot path and turns away from a utility right of way into lovely woods. Near a utility right of way, a side trail leads to another parking area off of Fox Farm Road. This section is targeted as part of the Warren Highlands Trail which will connect Easton PA with Allamuchy NJ.

Next, the trail reaches northwest dike #1. After crossing, it comes out at a popular hawk watch area.

The trail turns to the left and parallels Fox Farm Road with views Blue Mountain in PA, and Wind Gap in clear view. Pass through a low area that appears to be a spillway. The trail then crosses northwest dike #2, and enters the woods on the old alignment of Fox Farm Road from before the reservoir construction. It follows the old road for a short distance, then continues as a foot path close to the edge of the water and submerged trees. Perimeter Trail follows the narrow finger of the reservoir until it becomes the free flowing Merrill Creek, and then crosses on a foot bridge to reach the Farmstead Trail. Perimeter Trail follows Farmstead Trail left to Orchard Trail in order to close in the loop.

Shoreline Trail (Blue on white metal markers, 2 miles) Shoreline Trail makes a loop, most notably along the shore itself. It makes a loop which also includes a wooded center section on old woods roads. From the north, Shoreline Trail follows old woods roads as well as foot paths from the narrow finger of the reservoir to a grassy open area with Chestnut trees planted. It then continues to a side trail with a wildlife observation blind, and then to the ruins of the Cathers Farm. An old pond, a beautiful lime kiln, and many foundations including that of the old homestead and spring house are in the area. The Shoreline Trail also makes it's way across an impressive boardwalk.

Eagle Trail A portion of the Farmstead Trail is handicap accessible, and is graded. Eagle Trail follows the Farmstead Trail straight beyond the building ruins, then turns left to reach a wildlife observation blind.

Pond Trail (Orange blazed) This short dead end trail crosses Merrill Creek on a foot bridge from Creek Trail. It soon reaches a small pond. An unmarked path to the right from the pond leads out to the corner of Fox Farm Road and Richline Road, and is proposed as the route of the Warren Highlands Trail.

Farmstead Trail (Yellow on white metal markers, 1.6 miles) This trail makes a loop, passing by the Cathers Farm site same as the Shoreline Trail, but also along more of the northern shore line, along woods roads, and through the ruins of the Beers Farm. The section where the Farmstead Trail descends to Merrill Creek from the Beers Farm has many red wineberries lining the trail seasonally.

Creek Trail (Orange on white metal markers, 1.1 miles) The creek trail follows a beautiful section of the upper Merrill Creek and makes a lollipop loop through a stand of evergreen trees. It also makes access to the Pond Trail.

Orchard Trail (Green on white metal markers, 0.43 mile) This short trail begins from the perimeter trail between the main parking area and the boat launch parking, and heads through a former apple orchard. It has one small loop in the center section. The eastern terminus of Orchard Trail is Merrill Creek Road across from Farmstead and Eagle Trails.

Timber Trail (Red on white metal markers, 0.57 mile) This short trail is probably named for all of the submerged trees that can be seen, standing dead in the water along it's route. Timber Trail also follows a deer exclosure, which prevent deer for overbrowsing on forest understory.


Marble Hill Natural Resource Area

Managed by Warren County Department of Land Preservation

Acreage: ?

Map: None yet available


Along North Main Street (pull off): Lat 40°42'34.76"N Long 75°11'29.50"W


Warren Highlands Trail: Blue blazed. A section of this trail, currently under development, passes through this preserve. It can be followed from the pull off parking north on old mining roads, then on some recently cleared foot path to a high point. More will be cleared soon to Belvidere Road.

Iron Mine Trail: Orange blazed. This trail breaks away from Warren Highlands Trail near the top of an ascent on Marble Hill. It follows an old mine roadway to the right and passes a tailings pile and some foundations. It then turns left on what was probably an old tram way, then passes the mouth of the Fulmer Mine, a thirty foot deep abandoned iron mine. The trail continues to pass a large pit mine, then meanders as a foot path beside more mine holes before rejoining the Warren Highlands Trail. Currently, this trail can be used in conjunction with the Warren Highlands Trail to make a lollipop loop.

Other trails: Many other unmarked trails pass through the preserve. One loops up from the Iron Mine Trail and can be followed back to the Warren Highlands Trail. Another leaves the Warren Highlands Trail and descends to Marble Hill Road. Many of these trails will be absorbed into the planned trail system for the preserve. Check back here for latest updates.


Oxford Furnace Lake


Managed by Oxford Township


While there are no official trails at Oxford Furnace Lake, there is great potential for historic connections and pleasant walking. There is a boat launch and a lovely little public beach that never seems to be too crowded, at reasonable price. A path leads from the parking area around the lake to Buckley Ave with nice views of the waterfront. The property also has a portion of the historic Cannonball Road which was used to haul cannonballs via an obscure route from behind Oxford Furnace. The property nearly connects with Griffith Woods and Lake Marguerrite, which would make a great trail system. The access road is built on the wooded right of way of the Oxford Iron Mine Railroad.


Paulins Kill Valley Trail/Kittatinny Valley State Park

See Long Distance Trails


Pequest Wildlife Management Area

Managed by NJ Fish, Game, and Wildlife

Acreage: 4801.25

Area Map:

Trail map:


Warren Rail Trail (Unblazed): A section of the former Warren Railroad reaches from Green Pond Road in Liberty Township to Lower Denmark Road in Oxford Township. See The Warren Railroad.

Blue Trail (Blue; non standard, 1.9 miles): This trail travels from near the Pequest Trout hatchery through many successional areas in various stages, from fields to mature forest. It can be difficult to follow due to inconsistent maintenance. This trail does not use standard blazing. After crossing Pequest Road, the trail passes through thick young forest, and then reaches a wide woods road where parking is available just to the left across Janes Chapel Road. This area is heavily damaged by ATVs. The trail turns right and passes through a former quarried area, an ascends to a nice overlook of the Pequest Valley. It then makes it's way to a small pond.

Natural Resource Interpretive Trail (Red, 1.1 miles): This trail is a "lollipop loop", but it also provides access to both the Blue and Yellow Trails. The trail begins across Pequest Road from Picnic Area 1. It passes through old farm fields, and follows many old farm roads through stone rows. Along the way, it passes by an old lime kiln from the 1880s. Along the way, there is access to the yellow trail and the blue trail before looping back on itself.

Yellow Trail (Yellow; non standard, .9 mile): This trail begins at the blue trail at the small pond, and climbs through rocky woods to a utility right of where with a view. It follows the utility right of way, then turns off through former farm land to join the Natural Resource Interpretive Trail.

Lehigh and Hudson River Rail Trail (Unblazed): A section of this former L&HR Railroad (1886-1986) passes through Pequest WMA, and can be hiked from the Pequest Viaduct (former Warren/Lackawanna Railroad) underpass (no official access) to Pequest Road in Townsbury, near Rt 46 where there is parking. This lovely section of rail bed follows closely the Pequest River and crosses it twice on two decked girder bridges. Parking is also available near the trout hatchery and at Pequest Furnace Road. A loop can be made following the rail bed west from Pequest Furnace, also using the old Lackawanna right of way in conjunction with the former Furnace Railroad right of way, and an old ATV path. Other ATV paths lead to the Pequest Furnace site, through furnace refuse piles, along utility rights of way, and former farm fields to another access on Rt 31 in Buttsville. Pequest WMA is also home to a short section of the forgotten Lehigh and Oxford Railroad that once serviced Thomas Edison's quarry just outside of Oxford.

Many old carriage roads also exist atop County House Mountain. Extreme caution should be taken while hiking in this area, because it is easy to get lost.

Many other short fisherman's trails and woods roads exist in other connected and unconnected portions of the WMA.

Other trails: Pequest WMA has many old woods roads, farm roads, and railroad rights of way.


Pohatcong Creek Natural Area

Managed by Washington Township

Acreage: 91


White Trail (0.8 mile, non standard white blaze): Beginning at the parking area on Mine Hill Road, at the community garden, this trail enters woods and parallels the Pohatcong Creek, passing an outdoor classroom used by Warren Hills Regional High School. It continues on, and splits where a mowed trail leads onto the High School's lawn near the running track. The main trail continues along the creek, and connects to the blue trail by way of two foot bridges. The white trail continues to a bend in Pohatcong Creek and ends at the access road to the track from Warren Hills HS.

Blue Trail (blue blazed non standard, 0.7 mile): This trail begins from the White Trail and crosses Pohatcong Creek on a narrow metal bridge with a wooden deck (note: this bridge is passable, but damaged). The trail used to continue straight to Fairway Greens Golf Course, but now turns right to loop back to the White Trail. It passes through a very wet area full of Skunk Cabbage before abruptly turning. An unmarked side trail leads only to a field. The blue trail re-crosses Pohatcong Creek on a nice wooden bridge (note, this bridge was damaged but is passable) and rejoins the White Trail.



Managed by Knowlton Township Historical Commission

This small track on the corner of Rt 46 and Ramseyburg Road is home to historic buildings and lovely Delaware River access. Trails are envisioned for the site, as well as more interpretive programs. For more information, visit


Roaring Rock Park

Managed by Washington Township

Acreage: 401

Roaring Rock Park is a fantastic little Highlands preserve near Brass Castle, with a cascading stream and rocky outcroppings. It is also planned to route a portion of the Warren Highlands Trail, under development. Trails here are blazed with metal diamond shaped plates, not to standard.

White Trail (White metal markers; non standard, 1.9 miles): From the parking area, White Trail turns right. It follows the top of a hillside which offers views into an old reservoir lined with stone to the left. It continues across an old abandoned service road, and then crosses Roaring Rock Brook on a foot bridge. From here, it ascends through woods, with a somewhat level part in the middle. It then reaches a successional meadow with Eastern Red Cedars growing prevalently. Old ATV paths in the meadow branch away, making it difficult to navigate. Watch to the left of the meadow as not to miss the turn off. The trail descends through a saddle in the mountain, and then reaches the highest point in the preserve at 1.3 miles. The Blue Trail continues ahead, while the White Trail descends to the left. It reaches Roaring Rock Brook and crosses a foot bridge, then ascends on an old woods road to the parking lot in 0.6 mile.

Blue Trail (Blue metal markers, 1.4 miles): Blue Trail, from the summit, breaks from White Trail and descends slightly. There is an interesting rock outcropping jutting out away from the trail to the left, and seasonal views ahead into the valley of the Roaring Rock Brook, toward the other hillsides. The trail continues to descend to the East Overlook. This is a seasonal overlook from which Meadow Breeze Park can be seen, as well as more of Washington Township. From here, Blue Trail turns left and descends from the "ridge" if it can be referred to as such.

Though the trail intends to switch back down hill, it fails due to lack of appropriate blazing, and the switchbacks are too tight. The trail reaches the Roaring Rock Brook near the bottom, and turns left to follow it up stream. Look to the right to view the substantial washouts as the ravine narrows downstream.

The trail crosses Roaring Rock Brook on rocks and continues on the opposite side along a woods road to rejoin the White Trial and the woods road leading back to the parking lot. An unmarked path leads to the left to the dam of the reservoir, a popular fishing spot.


Rockport Game Farm

Managed by NJ Fish Game and Wildlife

Acreage: 1,277.38


Morris Canal Towpath: See Long Distance Trails

Pheasant Farm Loop: This mowed trail is less than a mile total, though extra mileage can be added in the property. From the parking area, walk across Rockport Road and ascend to the Morris Canal via the access road. Rather than follow the canal, continue up hill, and turn left on the farm road. Border the outside of the pheasant pens, and continue to the clearing at the top for an excellent view of Mansfield Township. Continue around the top, and down along the other side of the pens to close in the loop at 0.85 miles.

Other old woods roads and paths exist in the public lands adjacent to this.


Springtown Road Natural Area

Managed by: Washington Township

Acreage: 20

Trails: White diamond non standard blazed trail, .75 miles constructed by Todd Nagy and 4-H Club. This trail is not standard blazed, and loops around through thick woods from Springtown Road, near the intersection with Rosewood Lane, across from Hawk Pointe Golf Course. It is often poorly maintained and difficult to follow.


Warren Railroad:

See Long Distance Trails


West Oxford Mountain Nature Preserve

Managed by Warren County


Trails: There are no official trails yet within West Oxford Mountain, but many old roads and sections of railroad rights of way. A portion of the original Warren Railroad, part of the Delaware, Lackawanna, and Western Railroad system exists within the property. This line was used from 1856 to 1862 and was mostly abandoned following the completion of the Van Nest Gap (Oxford) Tunnel. It was referred to  locally as the "Switch Track" although it made no switchbacks. Academy Street in Oxford was built over the former right of way for the most part. It can be seen clearly in the Beers Atlas of Warren County. A short section of the right of way turns from Academy Street to parallel Rt 31, before the right of way crosses the highway.

Another section of the right of way is where it veered from Academy Street near it's intersection with Washington Ave and Mine Hill Road. This was not the original 1856 right of way, but rather the Oxford Iron Mines Railroad which did not exist in the same way as the original right of way. The Oxford Iron Mines Railroad followed this route, and then follows the access road to Oxford Furnace Lake. Originally, the line made a switch back route from here away from the current road alignment to reach the mines. It was later re-aligned to follow a more circuitous route around the hillside to reach the mines without a switchback. Both rights of way where they leave the access road are on private land.

From the corner of Academy Street, Washington Ave, and Mine Hill Road, a narrow old roadway heads up the mountain in a southeasterly direction. A bit off of the old road is an abandoned reservoir. The intent for t

There is an intersection with old woods roads as the top is reached. In this area there are old iron mine shafts that have been fenced off by the county. These mines should be considered dangerous, and hikers should keep clear of them. There was a mine in the area known as the Staley Mine.

Several old woods roads wind through this section of the preserve.

Another section of the preserve is accessible from Mine Hill Road further down toward Washington. A pull off parking area exists at the beginning of an old woods road that ascends the mountain. Switch backs of old roads will lead to the top of this section, and there is other state parks and forest land in the area. This area also has a string of fenced in mine shafts that are best avoided.


White Lake Wildlife Management Area

Managed by NJ Fish, Game, and Wildlife

Acreage: 981.98

Please note that there are state WMA signs posted also on much of the county White Lake Natural Resource Area, because there was once a management agreement with them. This deal has ended, but signs have not been removed in a timely fashion.

Map main:

Map north: (Metrotrails has not scouted this property)


Rt 521 Stillwater Road north: Lat 41° 0'36.29"N Long 74°54'26.50"W

Rt 521 Stillwater Road south: Lat 41° 0'23.49"N Long 74°54'40.41"W

Sunset Lake Road: Lat 41° 0'58.39"N Long 74°55'32.21"W


Ridge and Valley Trail: Blazed with slate Ridge and Valley markers. See Long Distance Trails

Woods roads: Many old woods and farm roads make their way through the property. A farm road leads from behind the Vass House on Rt 521 to fields. Park in the county lot across the street. Beyond, at the next lot, Rt 521/Stillwater Road south, another farm road leads to more fields. Near the eastern boundary of the property, a narrow cleared area gives way to a woods road that ascends an outcropping of rocks and leads to another field. The start of this woods road is at the following GPS coordinates: Lat 41° 0'45.92"N Long 74°54'19.73"W

White Lake Natural Resource Area

Managed by Warren County Department of Land Preservation

Acreage: 394

Map: None currently available


Stillwater Road, at the lake: Lat 41° 0'7.40"N Long 74°55'0.32"W

White Lake Barn, Stillwater Road: Lat 40°59'56.40"N Long 74°55'19.98"W

Spring Valley Road, Ridge and Valley Trail: Lat 40°59'34.83"N Long 74°54'45.17"W


Ridge and Valley Trail: Blazed with slate Ridge and Valley symbol markers. See Long Distance Trails

White Lake Trail: blue blazed. This trail breaks away from the Ridge and Valley Trail just south of it's crossing of Rt 521, Stillwater Road. It crosses a small puncheon over a vernal pool, then ascends through limestone forests and crosses a private driveway. It continues between ridges, then turns right before reaching the lake through a cleft in the rocks. It then moves on along a level former road area between rock outcrops, and descends on a narrow path between Eastern Red Cedars (Juniperus Virginiana) to emerge in the fields along White Lake. A side path leads to the right to the parking area. The main trail contineus to the left, marked with posts out to the boat launch area. It turns left along the edge of a white fence, then crosses the boat launch area and continues along field edges. Soon, the trail enters dense thickets of Autumn Olives on a wide cleared lane. Just before reaching a metal gate, the trail turns left onto a foot path leading down hill through a thin forest of invasive Tree of Heaven (Ailanthus Altissima). It then re-enters hard wood forest and ends at a lookout over White Lake. The red blazed Barn Trail begins here to the right. The proposed trail extension would lead down through the fen wetlands and continue on along the shore of White Lake to rejoin the Ridge and Valley Trail near the Marl Works ruins, at the existing spur trail.

Barn Trail: Red blazed. This trail begins at the White Lake Barn on Rt 521 and stretches to the south, across the field and into the woods. It follows a circuitous route to the rock outcroppings along the shore of White Lake, and offers views of the wetlands below. It ends at the blue blazed White Lake Trail at an overlook of the lake.

Spur trail: Non standard oversized yellow markers. This short trail branches to the left of Ridge and Valley Trail out onto a jetty into White Lake and dead ends.


Worthington State Forest:

Managed by: NJ Dept of Parks and Forests




Dunnfield Creek Trail (Standard Green blazed, 3.4 miles): This trail begins on the Appalachian Trail in Dunnfield Hollow, and follows Dunnfield Creek upstream, then turns away over a knoll to reach the AT again at Sunfish Pond. It is joined along it's route by Blue Dot Trail and Holly Springs Trail. The lower end of this trail is heavily used, and passes scenic Dunnfield Falls. After Blue Dot and Holly Springs Trails depart, it is one of the most secluded sections of Worthington SF. Dunnfield Creek becomes smaller in size, and the trail follows it through the lovely hollow filled with lush ferns. Much of the trail follows a woods road to the site of a former saw mill, but then becomes a foot path before ascending a rocky hillside, then descending to the AT at Sunfish Pond.

Holly Springs Trail (.4 miles, standard red blazed): This trail follows an old woods road from Dunnfield Creek Trail to the intersection of the Appalachian Trail and Farview Trail. It passes by Holly Springs about mid way through, and is a great place for viewing Hay Scented Ferns in the Summer.

Sunfish Pond Fire Road: Unblazed. Woods road trail layed out during the construction of the Upper and Lower Yards Creek Reservoir pumped storage facility. It connects Mt. Tammany Fire Road on the north with the Turquoise Trail and the Appalachian Trail on the south.

Mt Tammany Trail (aka Red Dot Trail, standard red dot on white blaze, 1.2 miles): This steep route up Mt Tammany, 1549 above sea level, follows mostly rocky foot path with several views on the way to the top. The first view is toward Arrow Island in the Delaware, and there are a few toward Stroudsburg, especially good during leafless seasons. The trail terminates at the point of gap overlook.

Blue Dot Trail (blue dot on white blaze, 1.8 miles): This trail climbs Mt. Tammany and ends at the same point as the Mt Tammany (Red Dot) Trail, but does so more gradually with more distance. Blue Dot Trail begins at the AT at the same point as Dunnfield Creek Trail, but divergest from Dunnfield Creek Trail and gradually ascends the ridge, much of the time following an old carriage road. At the crest of the ridge, the Mt Tammany Fire Road departs to the left. The Blue Dot Trail follows the ridge south to the point of gap overlook and the Mt. Tammany Trail.

Mt. Tammany Fire Road (unblazed): This trail leads from the Blue Dot Trail following the ridge north to Upper Yards Creek Reservoir (off limits) and Sunfish Pond Fire Road. Along the way, Turquoise Trail breaks off to the left. The abandoned Yellow Dot Trail also departs from Tammany Fire Road.

Farview Trail (aka Beulahlands Trail, yellow blazed, 1.3 miles): This trail follows an old woods road for most of it's length. Beginning at the Farview Parking Area, which is directly across from Delaware Water Gap NRA's Karamac lot, the trail ascends to the woods road and begins climbing steeply up the Kittatinny Ridge. It passes some exposed rock, and then enters woods with gently rolling terrain. It passes former Backpacker Site #1, which is now closed, and then reaches the Appalachian Trail at it's intersection with Holly Springs Trail.

Douglas Trail: (blue blazed, 1.5 miles) This trail is named for Senator William O. Douglas, who led a hike on it's route to the Appalachian Trail and onward to Sunfish Pond to protect it's natural state from development as a pumped storage facility. Douglas Trail begins at the Garvey Springs lot off of Old Mine Road (River Road) near the Worthington State Forest campgrounds and ascends on an old woods road, switching back once, before reaching the Appalachian Trail at the Backpacker Site (formerly Backpacker Site #2). On it's way up, it crosses Rockcores Trail. Just before a dramatic switchback, where the old road comes very close to a spring, another woods road continues straight ahead. This unmarked route shortly rejoins the AT just to the south.

Rockcores Trail (aka Northwest Trail): Much of this trail follows a former stage road that once operated between ferries. It's southern terminus is along Old Mine Road (River Road), where it ascends rather steeply, then makes it's way along the edge of the ridge across Douglas Trail, and then over the outlet of Sunfish Pond. Garvey Springs Trail also crosses, and is co-aligned with Rockcores Trail for a short time. It continues on a gently rolling path before descending toward the Old Mine Road once again. Along it's final descent at the northern end, there are several cylinder shaped sections of cut rock strewn throughout the hay ferns on the slope. These are the "Rock Test Cores" for which the trail takes it's name. This is where the Tocks Island Dam would have been, had it not been deauthorized. Some believe the study involving the test cores was what finally squashed the project, because it determined the ground would not have been able to hold the earthen dam that was proposed. The trail ends at Old Mine Road just after crossing a utility line. Watch closely for blazes when crossing the utility line.

Garvey Springs Trail: (1.2 miles, yellow/orange blazed) This trail begins at the Garvey Springs lot near the Worthington State Forest Camp Grounds and ascends the Kittatinny Ridge to the Appalachian Trail. Near it's beginning, the trail passes near to the lovely Laurel Falls. The falls are best seen just off the trail on a side path. Garvey Springs Trail ascends through many hay ferns to Rockcores Trail, is co-aligned with it briefly, and then continues to ascend past a Spring and steeply up hill to the AT near Sunfish Pond.

Turquoise Trail: (blazed turquoise) The Turquoise Trail begins at the Appalachian Trail on the north side of Sunfish Pond. It ascends to an overlook over the lake, then continues in an easterly direction to Sunfish Pond Fire Road. Here, it turns left and follows the fire road north shortly, then turns right and descends to cross the tiny upper section of Dunnfield Creek. It then ascends back through an open area with scrub oak and blueberry bushes before terminating at Mt. Tammany Fire Road.

Mountain Trail: (unblazed) This private trail descends from Mt. Tammany Fire Road to Camp Taylor and the Lakota Wolf Preserve. It's use is intended only for those staying at or visiting Camp Taylor and the Lakota Wolf Preserve. Camp Taylor Map showing Mountain Trail exiting:

Camp Ground Roads/paths: Unblazed. Although not a true "trail", the roadways through Worthington State Forest's camp grounds are a lovely walk themselves. From the Garvey Springs lot, follow the roadway through the open camp ground fields, and into woods. The road follows a shelf along the Delaware River, and passes by some beautiful, huge trees. It continues past the park office heading south, into woods and past more camp grounds. The road dead ends along the river, and an indistinct, unofficial trail continues on to connect with Karamac Trail in Delaware Water Gap NRA.

Grey Dot Trail (abandoned): This nearly forgotten trail was probably the steepest in the state of NJ until it's abandonment in 1988. Occasionally, it appears on Delaware Water Gap maps that turn up. The grey blazes are incredibly difficult to follow. The only one still recognizable is the one at the very base. From the Dunnfield Parking lot, it followed the stone wall along Rt 80, which at times has a surprisingly wide area to walk behind it. It then made it's way up steeply between rock faces. It's route is sometimes used by climbers today. It is not recommended to follow this trail.

Yellow Trail (abandoned): Like the Grey Dot Trail, this trail was abandoned in 1988. However, since that time people have gone back in and tried to re-blaze it's route. It began at the long abandoned Camp Weygadt along Rt 80 south of the Delaware Water Gap and ascended to the top of Mt Tammany, on  Mt Tammany Fire Road just a bit east of where the Blue Dot Trail turns down the mountain. Yellow Trail made a gradual ascent form the camp, and it's blazes are still sometimes visible. It overcame the dramatic vertical ridge seen even from a distance by passing through a cleft where walking is rather easy. It would be fantastic if this trail could be re-opened, as it showcases unique features of both Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area and Worthington State Forest.

Bluff Road: This old woods road is not an official trail, but is a nice route to walk away from the crowds in the rest of the park. It begins on Old Mine Road/River Road just south of the Farview and Karamac parking lots and ascends the first section of the Kittatinny Ridge gradually. It passes the remains of an old wooden water tank on the left, and then turns to cross the hillside past the foundation of an old building. It then continues back and forth on a very pleasant route before terminating at the Appalachian Trail, where it is ascending out of Dunnfield Hollow.