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Best trails in Wawayanda State Park, New Jersey

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Looking for a great trail in Wawayanda State Park, New Jersey? AllTrails has 16 great hiking trails, trail running trails, forest 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 9 moderate trails in Wawayanda State Park ranging from 2.5 to 11 miles and from 446 to 1,476 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
Description

Wawayanda State Park is a popular destination for hikers, campers, swimmers and boaters. Forested hills surround the lake and a twenty-mile stretch of the Appalachian Trail runs through the park. The top of Wawayanda Mountain offers sensational views. More than forty miles of trails are marked in the park.

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Map of trails in Wawayanda State Park, New Jersey
Park information
Acreage:
34,350 acres
Park hours
Monday
8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Tuesday
8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Wednesday
8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Thursday
8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Friday
8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Saturday
8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Sunday
8:00 am - 8:00 pm
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Top trails (16)
#1 - Stairway to Heaven Trail
Wawayanda State Park
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Length: 2.9 mi • Est. 1 h 46 m
The trail starts out as a steep climb up to the top of Wawayanda Mountain. Along the way up there are many large boulders that are great for bouldering. Once on top of the mountain you get some great views of the Vernon Valley, Pochuck Mountain, the Kittatinny's, Catskills and the Black Dirt region. The trail then traverses the top of Wawayanda Mountain to another lookout. This is when you will start your bushwhacking along the old Appalachian trail route. (It is more like a bushwhack because you may have difficulties finding the trail most of the way as you go down the mountain.) When descending you will pass a waterfall and some nice cascades. Be careful on this section as there are many unstable rocks in the area. Here is the route to take: Appalachian Trail, Right on Blue Livingston Trail, Come to the large creek, make a right and then try to follow the old Appalachian Trail down. As you go right onto the unmarked path follow along the mountain base to the Appalachian Trail.Show more
#2 - Terrace Pond West Loop
Wawayanda State Park
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Length: 4.8 mi • Est. 2 h 15 m
Follow the Yellow blazes from Clinton Road to Terrace Pond to make a loop. Existing trails and woods roads create a loop from Clinton Road that offers diverse forests and swamp views while leading you to Terrace Pond.Show more
#3 - Wawayanda Lake Loop
Wawayanda State Park
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Length: 6.7 mi • Est. 2 h 59 m
This loop follows the orange-blazed Wawayanda Lake loop trail to circle the lake and return to the parking areas. Show more
#4 - Terrace Pond Loop
Wawayanda State Park
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Length: 6.4 mi • Est. 2 h 59 m
Crossing the North outlet of Terrace Pond is a bit dicy - lots of water.  The Terrace Pond North trail segment that is North East of Terrace Pond is a bit overgrown and the trail blazes are fading but the way is fairly obvious.Show more
#5 - Wawayanda Jungle Trail
Wawayanda State Park
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Length: 7.8 mi • Est. 3 h 32 m
Rhododendron Tunnels, Rare White Atlantic Cedar Swamp, Natural AreaShow more
#6 - Cherry Ridge Loop
Wawayanda State Park
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Length: 9.5 mi • Est. 4 h 31 m
Route Overview: From the Parking lot, Blue (Wingdam) - Yellow (Double Pond) - Red (Red dot) - Cherry Ridge road - Red (Old coal) - Unmarked trail - Green (Turkey ridge) - Green (Pines) - Unmarked trail - Cabin Trail road - Cherry ridge road - Unmarked trail - White - Cherry ridge trail - Yellow (Laurel pond) - Orange (Sitting bear) - Blue (Wingdam)Show more
#7 - William Hoeferlin, Wayward, Iron Mountain, and Black Eagle Loop
Wawayanda State Park
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Length: 5.1 mi • Est. 2 h 25 m
#8 - Cherry Ridge Trail
Wawayanda State Park
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Length: 9.2 mi • Est. 4 h 15 m
A pleasant, easy hike with some nice scenery. A pleasant, shorter verison of the Wawayanda Jungle Trail. A great place for cross country skiing in season. Take Cherry Ridge Rd west from the parking area. It's an unpaved woods road here. After about .5 miles, make a right onto the Red Dot trail (actually blazed by red squares). The trail is flat but passes some interesting terrain. It eventually crosses a stone bridge and reaches Double Pond Road. There is an interesting swamp at this junction and a boardwalk that makes for a good spot to stop for lunch. Continue southeast on the yellow blazed Double Pond trail and after a short distance make a right onto the blue blazed Cedar Swamp Trail. This trail goes through a swamp on boards and then through interesting rhododendron tunnels. It eventually reaches the yellow blazed Banker Trail. Make a right here and take it back to the parking area.Show more
#9 - Banker Trail, Double Pond Trail, Sitting Bear Trail, and Cherry Ridge Road Loop
Wawayanda State Park
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Length: 9.2 mi • Est. 4 h 5 m
#10 - Cherry Ridge Extended Loop
Wawayanda State Park
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Length: 7.1 mi • Est. 3 h 15 m
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