Explore the most popular trail running 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.

Beautiful trails with diverse terrain. Moderate hiking with some steep inclines and declines but adds to the challenge. Few good places to stop and rest and have some snacks. Muddy and rocky in a few areas but nothing too messy as long as you miss the muddy season. Overall a lot of fun and good exercise.

Wet, but the rocks add to the strategy. Beautiful creek, and well marked

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

Heavily wooded moderate trail, one of the better ones in central jersey. Definitely a little rocky but the inclines aren’t anything difficult. Extremely muddy when wet but consists of about 5% wooden walkways, mostly over the muddiest portions.

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

Easy-moderate home with a few small water features.

Nice well marked trails- closer to easy than moderate

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

One of the best local trails in the area.

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.

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. ☮️

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.

Nice preserve.

Well marked route but the trail intersections were confusing, had to stop and help a few people along the way, and I got turned around twice myself (trail post 5 is an example). I hiked this wearing my 19mo old in a hiking carrier and found this trail challenging, but doable. Very Rocky and a lot of uphill with no "ahh" moment, but it's quiet and serene.

Good trail clearly marked.

Nice hike, did the entire trail and the best part is climbing over to the quarry after the big rocks

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

A nice hike, was sometimes very steep and rocky but that made it fun and interesting. Hiked for about 2 and a half hours.

First time here, we'll be back!

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