Allaire Orange Trail is a 6.2 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Allenwood, NJ that features a great forest setting and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs and horses are also able to use this trail.
Pleasant, easy walk through some scenic woods This entire hike follows the Orange Trail. Catch it beyond the kiosk at the west end of the parking lot and stay right. You need to play very close attention, as the trail is not blazed well in places and there are numerous unmarked trails in the area. The blazes actually look red much of the time. The Orange Trail soon joins with the White Trail and together they pass a golf course on the right. White Trail leaves to left. Continue northwest on Orange. It reaches a stream and turns southwest, following the stream for a while. It joins the Blue Trail, then leaves it as the Orange Trail turns south. The Orange joins the Blue Trail again for a short distance, but continues southeast while the Blue Trail leave to the left. The trail then skirts a gravel pit and you're back in the parking lot shortly afterward.
super fun, with small hills. well maintained
Not really good for a running to pound miles footing not good for speed work. Good if you are a cross country runner. Have to watch footing at all times. Twist an ankle then your done for a while.
I did feel feel good after accomplishing it although my pace only 14min mi like walking even though I was running!
Fast and Easy
there were alot of tree roots did anyone else see
Great place to take the whole family. Especially the dogs.
really nice clean trail!
Nice little trail. There is a simple beauty in a walk in the woods.
Excellent for all skill levels
Great little getaway
I love this trail in the winter.
Pretty cool trails, you kind of get lost the first time but , the work out its great
Great trial to do well maintains
Rode the Orange trail with my 12 year old son. Great trail for a beginner. He is new to Mt biking and had difficulty with some parts of the trail, but we still enjoyed the 4.6 mile loop. Great way to spend some time out of the scorching sun. Highly recommend.
I was looking forward to hiking this trail, but in the end, it went from my wish list to the “one and done” list. To fairly review this trail, I have to look at the trail itself as well as the hiking experience. Its actually a nice trail that gives the user a nice view of the typical NJ coastal plain/pinelands environment. There’s a small burn area that is recovering, giving users an idea of how a pine forest recovers from a forest fire. The trail was well marked with both blazed plastic stanchions as well as what looked like freshly painted blazes on trees. At the trailhead, there are signs posted warning trail uses that 1) You are in ground zero for Lyme disease bearing deer ticks and 2) Bikers must yield to hikers and hikers must yield to horses. The problem with this trail is that its classified as a multiple use trail - horses, mountain bikes, and hikers - and its totally unsuited for multiple uses. Its dangerous.The trail’s hazards stem from both the physical layout and human nature.
First the physical issues. With the exception of a couple of broad areas, the trail is a singletrack - i.e., not wide enough for cyclists to pass hikers. To allow cyclists to pass, hikers must move to the knee high brush immediately adjacent to the trail. There is no better place to pick up ticks, but there’s no where else to go. Other sections of the trail are in gullies which means that hikers can’t get out of the way due to 3 - 4.5 foot high side walls. The trail also has lots of curves and switchbacks, resulting in very limited lines of sight. By the time I saw some cyclists, they were only a few yards away.
Now the human nature part. As a hiker, I had the right of way over bicyclists, but as a realist, I knew that this really comes down to common sense. Its easier for a hiker to clear the way for a cyclist and had there been a collision, the hiker would probably be more likely to be injured. However, it was apparent that none of the cyclists either were aware of or followed the rules of the trail. Very few gave any warning that they were approaching and fewer bothered to even slow down. To be fair, I don’t know exactly how a cyclist could yield to a hiker given the physical limitations of this trail. Still, they could have announced themselves and slowed down a bit.
In order to safely hike this trail, you need to be hyper vigilant to watch and listen for cyclists both in front of and behind you. This need to concentrate on not being hit by a mountain bike really ruined the experience. It was a lousy hike.