The quiet charm of Wawayanda appeals to hikers, campers, swimmers and boaters. Forested hills surround Lake Wawayanda creating a restful backdrop for canoeists, boaters and fisherman, while steep mountains challenge casual as well as serious hikers. A twenty-mile stretch of the Appalachian Trail runs through the park, while the top of Wawayanda Mountain offers sensational views. More than forty miles of trails are marked in the park.
Overall a nice hike. Not too difficult, but definitely not easy. I've done this hike a few times a year for 10 years and the one problem I have is that its getting way too crowded. I love jumping into terrace pond, but now it just seems like there are too many people up there to hang out and get in the way. time to find a new cliff jumping spot.
Ran in state park by lake/beach trails, they were very nicely maintained and had multiple surfaces and degrees of difficulty, some flat wide and dirt others steep with rocks. Varied terrain made run fun and challenging laurel pond trail and some adjacent trails. BB
I've been hiking this trail for years. it definitely is a loop if you follow the markers properly. you go off the blue onto white and red for a bit by the lake. if you want to make the hike shorter start another half mile up at the pipe line and you'll cut out about 20 minutes of walking which is nice when you're short on time since the beginning is the easiest part anyway.
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I'm assuming this is supposed to be the Pochuck Boardwalk out to Pinwheel Vista and back? I can't for the life of me understand why this is rated as difficult. The stairway to Heaven part is nothing more than a somewhat steep, rocky hike to summit. The view is nice, nothing spectacular. To be honest the view is just a lot of farmland. Again not bad, but not incredibly memorable. The boardwalk part is pretty cool. I hear it's crowded but I went on a Monday morning so it wasn't too bad. If you live in the area I suggest checking it out. I had about an hour drive to get there and if that's your distance...I'd pass
These aren't necessarily directions but this is what I did and it turned out fine. A few other reviews have mentioned that the directions on this app are wrong. This is true. What I would recommend doing is putting Wawayanda State Park in your GPS and just asking the park employees where the trailhead is. That way you can either start at the boardwalk or start at the part where you'll actually get a view. You also get a free map this way. If you don't want to do that though, just put Glenwood Rd. in Vernon, NJ in your GPS and it will bring you to Rt. 517 where the parking area is for the boardwalk part.
Great trail with lots of different terrain. We took the yellow to red to white to blue trail which is longer than the direct trail to the lake. It was approx 5.5 mile hike. Lots of mosquitos in the beginning so bring repellent. The lake was very busy - lots of swimmers in the water- and 2 large curious snappers swimming around.