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Best trails in Stokes State Forest

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Looking for a great trail in Stokes State Forest, New Jersey? AllTrails has 12 great hiking trails, views trails, camping 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 7 moderate trails in Stokes State Forest ranging from 5.3 to 15.1 miles and from 800 to 1,630 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
Description

The breathtaking and panoramic view from Sunrise Mountain along the Appalachian Trail rewards the hiker who has trekked up the steep side of the mountain. The view encompasses the pastoral farmland of New Jersey to the east and undeveloped forests and mountain ridges to the west. For those who dont relish the idea of climbing up the side of a mountain and following a sometimes rocky and steep trail for a few hours, there is a short drive to the pavilion at the top of the mountain.

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Map of trails in Stokes State Forest
Park information
Acreage:
16067 acres
Park hours
Monday
5:55 am - 5:55 pm
Tuesday
5:55 am - 5:55 pm
Wednesday
5:55 am - 5:55 pm
Thursday
5:55 am - 5:55 pm
Friday
5:55 am - 5:55 pm
Saturday
5:55 am - 5:55 pm
Sunday
5:55 am - 5:55 pm
Contact
(973) 948-3820
Helpful links
Top trails (12)
#1 - Normanook Tower via Appalachian Trail Loop
Stokes State Forest
moderateYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray Star(138)
Length: 5.3 mi • Est. 2 h 39 m
The loop starts out on the Appalachian Trail and then takes you onto Sunrise Mountain Road. Walk Sunrise Mountain Road a short distance to the Coursen Trail. Once on the Coursen Trail, pass through a Show more
#2 - Sunrise Mountain and High Point via Appalachian Trail
Stokes State Forest
hardYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray Star(67)
Length: 19.5 mi • Est. 9 h 40 m
Sunrise Mountain and High Point via Appalachian Trail is a 19.5 mile loop trail located near Branchville, New Jersey that features beautiful wild flowers and is only recommended for very experienced aShow more
#3 - Sunrise Mountain Loop
Stokes State Forest
moderateYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray Star(65)
Length: 8.3 mi • Est. 4 h 9 m
Sunrise Mountain Loop is a 8.3 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Sandyston Township, New Jersey that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarilyShow more
#4 - Silver Mine Loop
Stokes State Forest
easyYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray Star(62)
Length: 4.2 mi • Est. 1 h 58 m
The best way to get on the unmarked Stony Brook trail is to walk down the far end of the lot, away from the lake area. On the right corner there is a trail you can follow along the brook and through Show more
#5 - Stokes Select Trail via Appalachian Trail
Stokes State Forest
hardYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray Star(29)
Length: 13.9 mi • Est. 6 h 54 m
Stokes Select Trail via Appalachian Trail is a 13.9 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Frankford Township, New Jersey that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a nuShow more
#6 - Blue Mountain
Stokes State Forest
moderateYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray Star(53)
Length: 8.4 mi • Est. 4 h 3 m
This is the north part of the new Blue Mountain Trail. Use trailhead at Tinsley trail (yellow). Take yellow trail northwest (across road) downhill to Flatbrook. Yellow ends at Blue Mtn. Take blue to Show more
#7 - Stoney Brook Trail via Appalachian Trail Loop
Stokes State Forest
moderateYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray Star(39)
Length: 5.8 mi • Est. 2 h 50 m
This loop is great on XC skies or Snowshoes. Although during times when snow lacks on the trails it is better to use the alternate route by taking the Appalachian trail. The reason for this is it avShow more
#8 - Blue Mountain Trail
Stokes State Forest
hardYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray Star(37)
Length: 16.2 mi • Est. 7 h 39 m
The Blue Mountain trail is a new loop through Stokes State Forest. This is the southern section of the trail. The trailhead starts at Park Office visitor center. Walk road into park and cross bridge Show more
#9 - Culver Tower Loop
Stokes State Forest
moderateYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray Star(39)
Length: 9.5 mi • Est. 4 h 42 m
This is a moderate hike that hits different parts of Stokes - the ridge, valley, and streams. You can park at Kittle Field and take the Brown Stony Brook trail up stream to Stony Brook day use areaShow more
#10 - South Stokes State Forest via Appalachian Trail
Stokes State Forest
moderateYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray Star(23)
Length: 15.1 mi • Est. 7 h 50 m
South Stokes State Forest via Appalachian Trail is a 15.1 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Frankford Township, New Jersey that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated asShow more
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