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Really nice trail, family friendly, and beautiful scenery

Did this trail today - could be marked out better but overall a good hike and lots of things to see

The trail itself was fine, but the best part was definitely the little fairy houses hidden in tree trunks and trees along the trail.

Not as well marked as I would have liked but great!

You can leisurely hike the trail. the elevation inclines are not extreme. Take your time and soak in the surrounding. The only annoying issue are some of the irresponsible dog owners that do not leash their dogs while on the trail.

Spring Time Day Hike:

Complexity: Super Easy
Terrain: Flatland
Trekking Pole: Not Needed
Foot Wear: Trail runners should work fine. You dont need a fancy hiking shoe. A sturdy running shoe will also work
View: This trail is pretty much close to civilization. There is a little park in the trail head.
Trail & Markers: Even though i did not see a trail head. The path is pretty visible. Pretty wide trail. I followed orange trail markers. As there is so many trails criss crossing so watch out.
Parking: Enough parking for 20 cars
Permit: No fees
Animal Encounter: Squirrels
Overall timing: Should not take more than 45 min even if are walking slow
Streams : No
Pet : Leashed

Nice to get out for some fresh air, but I could hear cars driving nearby the whole time, and the only sign I saw on the trail was very adequate: "Where's the waterfall?"

The lanape yellow trail was just painted but the return white trail was difficult to find. beautiful even in 26° weather!

Great hike w many scenic views! Quite long and rocky for amateurs but well worth it! Water fall fell short of expectation though.

Went off trail a little. Saw chipmunks, bunnies and foxes. Waterfall was definitely the highlight. 10/10 would recommend.

Never seen the falls and i hiked the whole trail. Other then that we had a great time and enjoyed the hike regardless.

I saw pictures of this waterfall and didn't expect anything grand. I was able to find the preserve pretty easily and it had great parking areas... spread out around so you can park at different places. They have a great dog park if you want to bring your dogs. That is pretty much where the great things end. I went to the post board in the beginning to see if I could get a map... there were none so I took a picture of the one behind the glass on the board to know where I am going. There was graffiti all over the post board and the a small restroom area that was now not being used. I tried for almost and hour to figure out where to go and which way... I kept taking trails I thought were trails but weren't. I was here to see the waterfall (hemlock falls). The trails are not marked at all... the only one that was is the waterfall trail (red dot). I am not sure how I stumbled onto the red trail but I did and was very disappointed with the falls... it was a simple trickle. I knew it was nothing large so I won't put down the preserve for that. The unmarked trails makes it almost impossible to find anything. Sad to see that there is graffiti all over and that this is not taken care of. Oh well another waterfall and park to check off my list.

The trail is light but I highly suggest using the map as a reference because the markings aren't the greatest. The view & scenic shots when you get to Hemlock Falls are amazing.

Trail was ok. But it is TERRIBLY MARKED. Very easy to get lost. Overall a nice day hike if you're familiar with the trails.

Great hike, just couldn't find the overlook in the pictures

This was a nice trail. Really suggest keeping a map on you just in case you get off track.

The waterfall is a sight to see.

Good trail. Doesn't feel like you're in the middle of a city.

really great beginner trail for anyone. there are some wonderful open forest areas, along with close forest paths. A couple nice small waterfalls.

So this is my second trail. This one is a tricky one as there are multiple trails branching off of your own trail. I stuck with the yellow mark tree trail. Got lost for a good hour and i must say after getting lost i find it worth the effort to make it to end. A gorgeous waterfall. Oh and your shoes will be covered in mud!

Trails were not marked very well. Overall ok.

Lots of good, hilly trails in the reservation. I was really happy to have my phone with the app though. The trails are not marked all that well and it can be hard to know where you are.

Trails poorly marked and trail maps are few and broken. Nice area but limited parking.

Beautiful hike with some rough terrain. A good amount of inclines. Rocky trails. Really nice stretch song a ridge. Great hike.

So disappointed with this trail. Not only was the waterfall super tiny, the trail was filled with broken glass everywhere we turned. I climbed to the top of the waterfall only to find that I couldn't place my hands down because of the large amounts of glass. Hard to do when there was a scramble. Also, the waterfall had graffiti on it along with other parts of the trail. New Jersey

Not bad. Some of the trails are not marked well. Thank goodness for this app!

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