mountain biking
1 month ago

Would definitely so this again, an easy ride, paved all the way with some nice scenery and a lot of fun to do with friends or family. Just keep an eye out there are some not legal mountain bike trails with some nicely made jumps and bridges, a lot of fun if you know what your doing. The best one was probably like 5 minutes from the beginning.

Great paved stretch of trail that’s relatively quiet, perfect for running long distances. Use it to train for half marathons (it’s really 12 miles from start to finish).

road biking
4 months ago

Great bike trail that is smooth and paved that goes through different parks with ponds and streams. Scenic all throughout and runs along a stream that goes under and on bridges. Will be coming back.

road biking
4 months ago

Nice up and back paved path for a bike ride with kid carrier in tow. Beware of amateur bikers who think they're in the Tour de France...

birding
5 months ago

This is a nice, easy nature walk on a paved path, some of which is along a peaceful stream. I really like the part by the Glen Rock Duck Pond the best. There is a "carp viewing area" along the river. If you are walking towards Fair Lawn from Glen Rock, just past the bridge to Ridgewood is a small but pretty man-made waterfall. We even saw a deer along the path today. There was also a hawk and a green heron.

mountain biking
6 months ago

clean park, some hidden trails

hiking
6 months ago

Followed the GPS to the park parking lot where I started. When exiting the park you take a right ( or at least I did) need to walk down the road 150 yards or so and it's on your left. I followed the white red diamond for the majority of the trip. If you like spider webs this is the trail for you! Must have walked through 20+ full ones.

Got lost Lots of times. This trail is extremely difficult. The trails very very narrow and very steep at sometimes. Lots of ATV trails that make it very confusing. Pay attention to the markers or you will get lost super easily.

I posted a picture of the trail map because no one else has its very helpful.

Very good for running and bike ride.

Great hike! The only problem I had was the trail head wasn't marked very well. You need to walk on the street from the parking at the park to find the trail.

Trail can be lost easily definitely start early. Ended up doing the last two miles in the dark, wasn't too bad.

Also the place is swarming with ticks. Found more than ten on my dog, 2 on me, and three on my friend. So be careful.

hiking
Tuesday, November 08, 2016

This hike is considered to be one of the most challenging routes in NJ. It has a little bit of everything from road walking to steep climbs without switchbacks. After the road walk, the hike starts on what appears to be a woods rd and the first turn-off to the left is not marked so you have to watch for it on the phone/GPS. A lot of the climbs have a 20% grade. After you complete this hike, you will understand why it is “accessible from March until October.” Some areas of the trail are so rugged that when covered with snow/ice they would be impassable. The hike might be easier in the counterclockwise direction where you go up most of the rock scrambles rather than down them.

We started the hike at the Stonetown Recreation Center Parking Lot and went clockwise following the route recorded by John Watson. Our mileage and elevation gain were slightly different due to losing the trail, bushwacking to views, etc. Stats from my Garmin GPS were 11.0 miles and 3174 ft elevation gain. We completed the hike in 6 hrs with an avg pace of 1.8 mph.

road biking
Friday, September 23, 2016

Great trail for hiking, biking. Family friendly.

hiking
Sunday, September 11, 2016

We did the 'extended' loop from the ball field going counter clockwise. The extended loop follows the highlands trail crossing the road at the dam then coming up the backside of Harrison Mountain on the red blaze trail. The hike was great and we had great weather (mostly cloudy ~80 degrees). It took ~6.5-7 hrs to complete with a few quick breaks mixed in. As others have said, this is a vigorous hike so go prepared and plan on being sore for a few days after. The Highlands Trail portion was very rewarding with a number of nice look out points. The backside of the loop didn't have as many views and was marred by numerous ATV trails, but there are a few quiet glades to keep you motivated. Lots of wild life sightings as well: toads, deer, raptors, and discarded opossum and deer bones. I also had my own personal swarm of mosquitoes to keep me company for awhile. The trail is easy to lose if you are distracted so make sure you keep an eye on the blazes; we had to back track 50 feet or so a few times to find the 'right' trail. Also, we did hear a lot of semi-automatic small arms fire while going through the Norvin Green State Forest section. Just as we started to get nervously close and signal that we were in the area, the trail turned and headed in the opposite direction. Just something to keep in mind when going through multi-use areas. Overall, a great hike and would definitely do it again. It could be a good training hike when preparing for a bigger trip.

Monday, August 29, 2016

There is not enough shade on this trail
It's great for strollers or cycling with young kids with proper sun protection but I will not recommend it for dogs

Wednesday, August 03, 2016

pretty. super easy to walk around in or skate around.

hiking
Monday, June 15, 2015

Did the full 10 miles. Brutal! However gorgeous and a must do again.

hiking
Saturday, September 24, 2011

Good trail, great views. The climb up Windbeam from the street is murder, but if you can handle it, it's fun.

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