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

Great hike that would fill a morning or afternoon! We hiked it right after a thunderstorm so the bugs were awful, except at the peak because of the breeze. 100% worth it! It can be done with little to no technical gear. Athletic apparel is completely acceptable, just be carful with footing!

Nice hike that hits different sections of Stokes state forest. Starts and ends along Stony Brook with its waterfalls. In the middle it climbs the ridge to the AT and views, and stays on the ridge for a good while before heading down into the valley with its different and large trees. Before it ends it hits the historic site of a silver mine and an old dam (marked as 'dry lake' on the map). Only difficult part is the last section of the Tower trail just before the top were hands are needed to get up the large rocks. Though some sections are rocky or muddy trails, a large part is on old woods roads.

Saturday, October 14, 2017

D cent mellow trail. Lots of woods and river blue mountain trail

I am 10 years old and I loved the trail. The view at the top and the Fire Tower is worth the hike. The loop is challenging but it's really fun! My sister is 9 and she did it too.

Did this with my wife one day and my ten year old daughter the next. My daughter and I rounded a curve and stumbled across a large black bear about thirty feet from where we stood. I yelled at it and it took off like a bullet making a ton of racket. Highlight of my east coast hikes.

Friday, July 14, 2017

The Blue Mountain trail is a new 15 mile loop through Stokes State Forest which has tied together many of the existing trails in Stokes by adding new connectors. This trail goes through 3 campgrounds at Stokes which could be used as a base to do the entire trail
This route is 8.4 mile loop which uses the Tinsley trail to connect a 7 mile section in the northside of Stokes.
This section is very nice as goes along a brook for a while and then takes you gradually up onto the ridge. In general the trail follows old roads so it is not too difficult. The climb down from the ridge on the Cartwright section is very rocky and slippery, and the section on the Swenson to the Tinsley is the same - like walking in an old river bed.

Fun, beautiful view, not too easy and not too hard.

Monday, January 16, 2017

I parked at the Kittle Field lot because the road to Stony Lake was closed. A little over one mile of this hike was on paved roads.

At the lake I took Swenson Trail (red) to Tinsley Trail (yellow). The yellow trail ends at Skellenger Road. Then the Brown/Green trail to Silver Mine Trail (orange). The Brown trail to Kittle Road completed this loop.

Beautiful lake views, waterfalls, trout stocked streams, and plenty of picnic and camping areas make this a worthwhile hike. Some areas are very rocky and wet but overall mostly flat with no significantly steep sections. It took me about 3 hours with rests.

Monday, November 21, 2016

Cool tower and really nice views. Not much human activity on these trails which is nice. Some wildlife including bear, fox, and birds of prey. Small beaver pond off the trail. Lots of trail crossings. I took white to green to blue for this loop. Shouldnt take more than 3 hours unless you stop for a long time.

Wednesday, September 07, 2016

This is a winner because of the payoff of the fire tower at the end. I don't know if you are technically allowed to go up but it's irresistible for the views of the lakes! Very rocky trail like most in NJ.

Did the loop as an out and back (Culvers gap parking lot to tower, and back the same way) with some friends from work & two dogs. The trail was well marked and easy to follow, there were some nice views to be had if you ventured off the main trail onto a few short side paths. I want to go back again on a better day - the sky was very overcast today so the views weren't as great as I know they can be.

One of my favorite trails in the region. Nice gain, mildly technical, and it hooks up with the AT so you catch a lot of thru and section hikers. If the rangers are away, the tower's in play if you're looking for a better view ;)

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