Looking for a great trail in Stephens State Park, New Jersey? AllTrails has 6 great hiking trails, mountain biking trails, dogs leash trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Ready for some activity? There are 4 moderate trails in Stephens State Park ranging from 1.6 to 8.3 miles and from 603 to 1,164 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!

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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.

This trail offers good footing on an easy to walk single track trail. it is predominantly for mountain biking and for that we would have loved it. As a hiking trail is lacks scenery (as compared to other local trails) and does not offer much challenge in terms of elevation gain. We hiked it on a snowy day so the even footing was a blessing. The trail circles a lake that is visible for a short period of time but it is lovely when you can see it. No blazes so navigation was totally via All Trails.

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rocky
1 month ago

Coming from the parking lot start to the left and it starts going steep, on the way back it was snowy and the leaves would make it a little bit slippery so definitely bring your hiking boots; it’s a walk into the woods

Enjoyed the trail... had enough altitude variation to make it interesting.... more ascent than was expecting. The trail markings leave a lot to be desired... seems they ran out of markers and used white markers on many of the trails which is very confusing. As a result of wrong turns, we made a 6 mile hike out of a 3.5miler.

I grew up on Station Road and came back to visit , found out our woods is now a state park .. so very cool .... we hiked , biked, ice skated the pond in these woods from age 4-17. We never were in the house in the 70’s to 80’s. I just hiked the trail today and going back tomorrow.. I didn’t get lost !!! It’s so familiar. I miss this area so much .. Great Hike and love it’s over 9 miles .. I still hike that much at age 51 :)

Wonderful well marked trail. Steep and rocky.

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. Edit: I decided to rerun this trail after getting lost the first time. The second time through is much easier in terms of navigation. Just keep your head up and look at the terrain and you can follow the map during the confusing moments. The Trestle and Lower Maze were probably the weakest portions for me. You're walking through a dense tunnel of foliage with nothing to see when the leaves are up. I'd suggest rerouting to the Upper Maze for a slightly more interesting experience. The trip up the mountain was worth the monotony of Trestle/Lower Maze. I just wish it was longer!

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.

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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