Explore the most popular trails in Stephens State Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.


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The Musconetcong River, an excellent freshwater fishing spot, flows over and around boulders through Stephens State Park. An easy walking, but rocky path follows the river with places for picnicking in shaded areas. Less than one mile east along Waterloo Road at Saxton Falls are the remains of one of the Morris Canals twenty-three locks and a section of the old canals towpath. The original canal was 90 miles in length, stretching from Newark to Phillipsburg, and was used to ship coal and iron across the state. However, the canal could not compete with the development of the Morris and Essex Railroad in the late 1800s, and the canal was eventually abandoned.

an hour of slow hiking and getting no view

Note only the color trails are blazed, the rest are unmarked. The transitions from the Green trail to Leeroy and the Pre Cooler to Trestle were particularly confusing. The correct turns are subtle and nearby unmaintained, but inviting, trails look like much more obvious routes. After having to backtrack twice, I forced myself to slow down which made this loop take considerably more time than I was anticipating. If you aren't familiar with this area I'd say a GPS is a must. Lots of persistent gnats and frogs throughout the hike along with about ten million spider webs across all the trails. Lots of interesting plants and undergrowth to check out.

The place is horrible. There are bugs and mosquitoes that are immune to bug repellent. It was not a difficult hike at all. So not sure who says it’s hard. I would avoid this one as much as possible

Forest Trail....a good trainer for mileage. Tons of bugs and especially mosquitos. Prettiest part is at the beginning by the bridge and stream.

Not sure I selected the right trail in the app. Seemed like there were way more trails than the app had. I took my 10yo and 12yo mountain biking and the orange (markers looked red) was barely passable for us. Even if I was alone I would have struggled and likely walked many parts (been riding for decades though newly back into it). Once we got on the white and red trail (marker was bi-colored) everything was super fun. Hard packed, not too rocky, and lots of up and downs and windy turns. Great time. Will be back and avoiding orange.

A little bit of up, and down again. wide, then single path. plenty of shade. No views. A nice walk in the woods.

Hiked this loop as part of a longer hike. I was out after several days of on/off rain storms some portions of the trail were washed out a bit but are still navigable without leaving the trail. Incline provides some quick cardio.

6/1/2019 - a lot more bikers than hikers. The trail shown on Alltrails off the blue blaze was pretty much grown in and very easy to miss. Looks like I was the first one to walk through in 5 years. Fallen trees, overgrown foliage, slippery. My advice, would be to ignore the Alltrails recommended path and pick a dedicated blazed trail. Will likely lead to a longer hike than posted milage though. Ample parking right next to a stream, which appears to be heavily fished. Bathroom at trailhead.

Trail was great, well marketed and well kept. However, my boyfriend and I walked out with MULTIPLE ticks on us, even with doing tick checks every mile. Bug spray HIGHLY recommended

This is a fairly easy loop. No sweeping vistas, but plenty of nice woodland scenery. WATCH OUT FOR TICKS ON THIS LOOP! At various times, I had 4-5 ticks crawling up my pant legs! While there were more ticks when we did some off-trail exploring, there were still lots of them on the main trail itself.

Thursday, July 19, 2018

Stephan's park has a maze trail flares that all feed into the same path system. Some are better marked. Some not. Keep you map near if you're concerned. The tower is at the top of purple. Enjoy the view. Interesting finds along the way: little creeks to cross, fireplaces in decay, an abandoned bike from adventures past, hills, a river walk, and some lovely picnic areas near the trailhead. Hiked within the park a number of times and have never really taken the same route.

A good moderate loop trail.

Good hike, not really colorful in the forest yet. I'll go back in a couple of weeks to see if it's better. Tough on the knees coming down orange trail.

I love this park ...... the geocaches placed here take you well thru the park awesome place and it's never to busy

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