Black River Trail is a 6.8 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Chester, NJ that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
Take I-80 West to Exit 27A and continue south on U.S. Route 206 for 8.0 miles. Turn right onto County Route 513 and follow it for 1.2 miles to the entrance to Cooper Mill Park, on the left side of the road.
We did this trail on Oct 15 with a combination of blue, red and a little green trails. We did over 6 miles within 3 hours with several brief stops for taking photos. The views are good at this time of the year because of leave color changing.
Slightly more challenging than Hacklebarney, and an absolutely beautiful trail. You can spend the entire day exploring the different trails along the main route.
Fishing was great along the trail.
The river was very low, which made the waterfall pretty weak, but it was one of the better trails I've ever been on. I will definitely go back, maybe after some good rainfall to see the streams and waterfall more active. Overall a great experience with very nice views.
One of the best trails i've done so far.
It was great! Lots of beautiful scenery & rivers/streams. Many trails to take! Also a Millhouse from the 1730's that has free tours! Lovely people that work there! This app also helped our hike tremendously.
great walk by the water
Great hiking spot!
This is a great trail for a half day or all day hike. The terrain is typically rough with lots of roots. Not a trail I'd recommend for views, but it's definitely a good workout and has beautiful forest scenery.
Lovely hike along the river. Good workout but not overly strenuous. Overgrown in some areas at the moment!
Very nice hike. Went on a Friday, midday, and saw ONE other person on the trail. Good exercise -- lots of up 'n down. Well marked except for right around the nature center-- had to walk a leg on the road, but the map didn't show that truly. Did the 8 mile lollipop-- thoroughly enjoyed it. Lots of diverse terrain and both deciduous and conifer regions.
Total nooby here. The first 10 minutes or so of the trail made me a bit nervous but was not at all indicative of the trail ahead (which I thoroughly enjoyed). Bits of the trail was a little hidden at first; there was more mud and walking over non-flat slushy areas that threw me. This was more difficult than I had anticipated. Once past te clasped bridge, it was a much different trail! It followed a nice creek for a while then gently inclined, all the while in the shade of trees. About 2-2.5 miles in, all of a sudden the trail flattened and emptied into a stunning open field of trees, tall grass, and flowers. I followed it through until I came to a paved road. (Ok, I followed the paved road a bit until a saw a sign that indicated private property beyond that point).
I arrived around 10:15am on a Sunday in June. There were only 4 other cars when I arrived. When I left there were 6 others total. Not crowded at all! There were just enough people for me (again, total n00b) to feel safe should anything bad happen. But I saw them infrequently enough to maintain the peaceful vibe.
This trailed is marked "moderate" and I would agree. If you have trouble with unstable footing (very small muddy hills, mud puddles), the beginning of this trial may be tough. Once beyond that though he majority of the path is easily identifiable. I didn't use a trail map and had no problem at all navigating. The steady incline through approx 40-50% of the trail provided ample workout for me, and was well-balanced by the relatively flat terrain on either side of it. Beautiful sites throughout the whole thing!
As other hikers pointed out, the trail is flanked by busy roads. They aren't too close in though and helped me keep my bearings. Some hikers may not like the roads and their noise but I didn't feel that they damped my experience.