Looking for a great trail in Stokes State Forest, New Jersey? AllTrails has 11 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 6 moderate trails in Stokes State Forest ranging from 5.3 to 15.1 miles and from 800 to 1,646 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!

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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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rocky
1 month ago

Really awesome trail, fun hike with a great view at the top

This is a great walk. You start off with a climb but one you reach cruising altitude it's smooth gentle (but rocky) hills. There are all kinds of goodies, the fire towers, than a great overlook nestled in pines with perfect reclining rocks which make a great place to rest and have a snack. You get some great views and varied terrain. You get the shelter (with a composting toilet oh happy day). if you leave by 9 am you'll hit the Sunrise Pavilion right at lunch time. Amazing views. the walk back is nice. I'll be back soon. Try it you'll love it.

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bugs
rocky
2 months ago

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rocky
washed out
2 months ago

Wanted bike this but was very rocky and too many boulders- will be ok to hike.

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rocky
2 months ago

Nice quick shaded moderate trail. Alittle longer then what the app says. Okay view at the top- trees kinda block things. However; really nice terrain, ponds, rivers, and waterfalls. Good trail for those that don’t wanna do a lot of elevation but can handle longer trails

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2 months ago

Beautiful beginning part of the hike very nice lakes and rivers/creeks.

Great trail with many rocks of all shapes and sizes, several mild ascents/descents (except for initial climb from Culvers gap which is more intense), and multiple nice views/ridge walking interspersed throughout. The whole look/feel of the trail changes quite a bit along the way so is never boring. Was dreading the return trip part of it at first, but ended up enjoying as much as the initial hike out due to the variety. The segment of Buttermilk Falls trail is very steep and rocky and would be tricky to do on a wet day as there are several spots where it includes walking on long sloped rock. The Woods Trail loop part is the least rocky and a more gradual incline back up to the AT. It also does not get as much traffic so you may have to deal with spiderwebs where the trail narrows (though is mostly wider old access road type of trail). Could optionally continue past Buttermilk Falls trail and make small loop around Crater Lake for even more scenery.

I would agree with previous review in that you only really get couple views early on and the rest can seem to go on forever until you get to the large shelter at the top. The trail is very rocky...keeps it interesting, but they are of the particular pointed, tripping variety of rocks so need to keep your eyes down most of the way. For a better variety in trail/rocks/views I would recommend the south side stretch of AT from Culvers Gap lot (about 7-8 miles or around where meets up with Buttermilk Falls trail).

Beautiful day for a walk in the woods. I need to come back soon! Bring bug spray!!!

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4 months ago

First off, signs on trees say the Blue trail is 15 miles. I only deviated a little bit and it worked out to 19.7. Was a really fun hike with varied terrain. The River was nice. Unfortunately, you also walk past a couple camp sites. Garbage everywhere which is frustrating. I picked it up and moved on. A great time though!

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4 months ago

Some over grown areas. $5 during the week and $10 per car on weekends.

This was a great hike. The walk on Sunrise Road was a bit further than we expected to get to the Coursen trail but once we got started into the trail we really enjoyed the space. Very few hikers along the way until we got near the AT. There are a few Bridges and water ways to look at. We diverted for a closer look at the lake a Beaver pond. The final stretch to the top is a bit strenuous but not too bad. The views were amazing. Overall we really enjoyed this hike. Also the "we" is me at 45 year old female along with my 22 year old son.

This was a really good hike; fairly challenging because of the uneven and rocky ground but nothing unreasonable. Only real criticism I have is that the best views come far too early, as the fire tower and Sunrise Mountain are all within the first 5 miles.

Starts at Culver’s parking area, plenty of parking. Good morning incline first off for about a mile. Great views at top of this then the trail ducks back into the woods. Lots to see, fire tower, ledge views, some great rocky trail. Two different shelters on this trail, ones about 2 miles out and the other is 8. I did to second shelter and back, 16 miles in about 7hrs. Plenty of time to stop and take pics. Appalachian Trail, so good blazes entire hike. Feet got a little beat up from rocks, but overall great hike!

Bears before the fire tower,bring extra water. This tracked longer than specified.

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over grown
6 months ago

It’s not my favorite hike in the area but it’s nice enough- parts of the trail were really overgrown. NOTE***You do have to pay $5 for NJ residents (more if out of state) to enter the park.

The views from the tower make it all worth it!

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muddy
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rocky
6 months ago

This is a great trail for a moderate hike. Not quite 4 miles though despite what all trails has listed. Overgrown in some spots. Bring bug spray and a pole or stick to clear the webs as you hike.

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