Cherry Ridge Trail is a 9.4 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Hewitt, NJ that features a lake 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.
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A pleasant, easy hike with some nice scenery. A pleasant, shorter verison of the Wawayanda Jungle hike also listed on this site. A great place for cross country skiing in season. Take Cherry Ridge Rd west from the parking area. Its an unpaved woods road here. After about a half mile make a right onto the Red Dot trail (actually blazed by red squares). The trail is flat, but passes some interesting terrain , a beaver pond then crosses a stone bridge and eventually reaches Double Pond Rd, a dirt park rd. There is an interesting swamp at this junction and a boardwalk makes a good spot to stop for lunch. Continue southeast on the yellow blazed Double Pond trail and after a short distance make a right onto the blue blazed Cedar Swamp Trail. This trail goes through a swamp on boards then through interesting rhododendron tunnels, eventually reaching the yellow blazed Banker Trail. Make a right here and take it back to your car.
It was a nice easy trail, some cool views specially the lake. We did it with snow so it made it harder and also allowed us to say so many animal tracks including bears.
Some of the trails are not maintained at all, so beware. Fine for hiking, sux for biking. Huge logs, huge rocks, large washed out sections too.