Explore the most popular nature trips trails in Sourland Mountain County Preserve with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

One of my favorite hikes in the Princeton/Hillsborough area. Easy to get to and beautiful trees, boulders, and view on the straight away down.

For the most part this trail is easy. There are certain parts that have a pretty rocky and steep climb, but nothing that challenging. Not very scenic, but a nice starter trail if you are new.

my kids and i love this trail

It’s a cool trail there are spots on the trail where the markers are confusing but really hard to get lost, just walk down hill to re orientate. I’ll go back because I wasn’t able to complete the full trail due to confusing trail markers I ended up taking a connection trail cutting about an 1hour of my hike short

Hiking, birding and geocaching what more does a little old Forester need

Great trail especially if you make it up to the boulders by Roaring Brook to enjoy some quiet time...

I would call this trail easy, but it was nice! Not many spectacular views, but great for a quick day hike and looks like it has some great bouldering spots that I didn't get to try out on this trip.

Simple, heavily wooded trail - a dumbed down version of the more scenic outer loop. Good for someone looking for a quick hour hike!

Great hike. Good diversity. Probably the most challenging you’ll get in Hillsborough area.

Really enjoyed hiking here. It was after recent snowfall so there was water on some of the trails, but that makes the hike better to me.

Easy-moderate home with a few small water features.

Easy trail. “Walk in the Woods”.

great hike. fun Rocky areas

loved this hike!
-great boulder fields and lots of rocks so have some good hiking boots ready.

-not too steep but some ups and downs.

-plenty of boulders to explore and climb

-well marked for the most part but may be looking for markers at some points

Much steeper and rockier than I thought. Lots of fun. Depending on the path you choose, not at all appropriate for dogs! Also, not as well indicated as I would have expected. Thank goodness for all the "donation" signs on the trees!

Let's face it, there is not a lot of elevation to be had in the middle of Jersey. Clayton has some fun hills and the Yellow Trail at Baldpate will get your heart pumping a bit, but the Sourlands have quickly become my "local" favorite. Rocky, but very nice trails, not overgrown at all, even mid-summer. Odd system for marking trails, and marked pretty well... for the most part. I always seem to lose the trail at the top North corner, by the boulders. People seem to wander around and explore in this area a lot so a distinct trail is no so easy to follow. Fortunately, its pretty difficult to really get lost, just head downhill. There are a lot of options for distance and difficulty. Overall, a great place, but beware, the lot gets very full, very fast on the weekends.

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Sunday, August 13, 2017

Very nice and somewhat vigorous trek through the Sours. Just enough traffic to break up the still of mid day with some pleasantries of conversation from a passerby. Delightful yet energetic afoot in these hills. ☮️

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Tuesday, August 01, 2017

very nice but overcrowded on the weekends

This trail was perfect for a beginner hiker like myself. Very easy to stay on trail and have cell service throughout. Very forested atmosphere with nice scenery. However, I was hoping there would be a nice view at some point on this trail but there was none. Would recommend.

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Thursday, July 06, 2017

Nice preserve.

Good trail clearly marked.

This was a fantastic hiking trail. I love to climb on some rocks so this was great. Be sure to have proper footwear since there are so many rocks you can easily twist an ankle. Also, if you bring a dog be sure they have taken tick treatment. Our dog does and when we got home there were over 12 ticks on him. Besides that, I loved the trail!

great trail a lot nature to see

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Monday, March 27, 2017

One of my favorites in the area! Often crowded so get there early. Bring a map printout with you as recently I haven't found the map boxes to be refilled and it's easy to get lost on the trails here. Very popular spot for mountain climbers since the boulders are perfect for free play! All around a nice location, serene spots, and a wonderful place for a day hike.

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Thursday, March 23, 2017

Fun local hike for central jersey

First time here, we'll be back!

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