Willow Crest Loop Swartswood SP is a 3 mile loop trail located near Newton, New Jersey and is only recommended for very experienced adventurers. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.
Lake, Streams and Wetlands This is a loop hike and starts at the parking lot. Follow the blue blazed trail. You will hike through open hardwood forest, along creaks and swamps. You will also go past beautiful Willowcrest lake. Great area for bird watching, because of the variety of habitates you will pass through. Excellent for those looking to get out for an easy hike. After your hike you can head down to Swartswood State Park and kayak the 500acre Swartswood lake.
My map recording didnt quite match with the one provided by AllTrails but it was close enough. This is a 3 mile well maintained and well marked loop. There are several stone walls to climb over and the trail itself is a bit muddy and rocky in many areas.
The lake is nice but I wish the trail followed the shoreline a bit more. A few small streams to check out as well but not much else.
The trail is very close to some houses and private property. There is litter all around the parking area. I also picked up a few empty Bud Light cans on the trail and several shotgun shells so be careful.
it is not a hard Trail at best it is moderate but it was very interesting and I really enjoyed it. The lake was beautiful but the woods were also very cool