Explore the most popular hiking trails in Rockaway River State Wildlife Management Area with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Starts and ends on easy terrain with a somewhat challenging middle section. No spectacular views but a fun hike

We went on 8/17 and there were a ton of mosquitos. It would be a really nice hike in the Fall, but can be skipped in the summer.

Not a huge fan. The blazes are really far apart if their are blazes at all. Spent more time trying to figure out where I was and how to get back than enjoying the trail.

Friday, August 25, 2017

If youre looking for an easy trip up to a viewpoint. there is an easy way to do that. Take the paved road all the way to where it turns to gravel. Near the pavilion, follow an unmarked trail climbing up. Take the right forks following an old faded yellow blaze.

Saturday, July 29, 2017

Not much to see here although the stream near the road is nice. I tried to follow the route as listed but it was not very accurate. Trail began at a small parking spot near a pavilion. Steep ascent on the green trail. Linked up with yellow then blue and back to the road.

Picked up some empty PBR cans but otherwise fairly clean and well maintained trails. Lots of unmarked paths intersecting also some rocky and steep climbs.

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Its a nice trail. While i needed to take my time because I am not in shape, it was worth it. Nice that there are 3 different levels of challenge. Wonderful view from top

Monday, July 18, 2016

First I believe that this trail is longer than is written here, probably just above 5 miles. You start out around a the lake. I would NOT call this easy at all. Possibly Moderate to Difficult. I question the tag as "kid friendly". If you've got a great young hiker then yes. Otherwise NO!

Most of the trail is well groomed. You start out on yellow, go on to Teal (Highlands Trail) and back on to yellow. The yellow is very well groomed. The Highlands Trail has places in the middle that are someone overgrown and beware there are spots ridden with poison ivy. I like the Highlands Trail part. It's challenging, some nice hills and ridges as well as babbling brooks. I did not use hiking poles but will bring one if I do this again because as you're traversing over rocks to climb across those babbling brooks you will appreciate that one hiking pole so you won't accidentally grab on to a tree that has a poison ivy vine running up it. (Good idea to have those Technu packs around)

I went on the 6.8 loop on a mountain bike. It starts out nice and manicures, easy. Soon enough it changes to very technical, rocky trails. I found myself pushing my bike up quite a bit though I was there to exercise I was hoping for more rhythm and cadence. There was no scenic overlook but I found it tiring but if you can handle the technical stuff and are in good shape you might want to try this loop. Bring a patch kit or extra tube. Go early or expect lots o flies.

Tuesday, May 24, 2016

The trail was ok, and the views were great. I don't think I did the full loop correctly, started on the blue trail, went to the top and then connected to yellow/green on the way down. Finished on the blue.

Edit: Went back and did the trail again a second time, and I still managed to get screwed up between the different paths. Apparently blue turns into green and green takes you to the top of the mountain. The markers on the trail are very confusing - they have large gaps between them at times which makes them hard to find, especially when they're crossing over another path. Its definitely not my favourite trail for this reason, but it has the pro of being close to home going for it.

I didn't see a single other person on the mountain, though there were some in the parking lot that appeared to be leaving when I arrived (around 6pm).

Tuesday, March 15, 2016

great trail

Wednesday, July 04, 2012

The colors of the trails changed frequently and without reason. My 5 friends and I were all baffled and had to stop a lot to reorient. The highest point is such a bummer. It's just a sign in the woods, no view, summit, or overlook. We were disappointed.

Monday, August 08, 2011


Monday, March 07, 2011

I have used this trail alot over the years, both as hiker and hike leader. It is a nice change of pace from the generally more developed trails around it in the park. You get a nice variety of woodland, swamp and stream environments, and some great views. The dogs (on leash) love it. If you have a knowledgeable guide accompanying you, there are abundant historical/archeological remains of 19th century habitation, iron mining and a mine railroad. Most of those features are easily missed - except, of course, the railbed which is part of another trail. There are a number of intersecting trails that offer nice diversions, and this trail is shared by several of these trails which are under a different management. The bears are there, but are generally easy to get along with. I have seen 1-2 bears per hike at times, while often going weeks without seeing one. Most of them would really prefer to leave you alone - or more particularly that you leave them alone. Well worth a morning or afternoon.

Sunday, March 06, 2011

A nice change-of-pace hike near the house. The dogs like it at least as much as I do.

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