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The quiet charm of Wawayanda appeals to hikers, campers, swimmers and boaters. Forested hills surround Lake Wawayanda creating a restful backdrop for canoeists, boaters and fisherman, while steep mountains challenge casual as well as serious hikers. A twenty-mile stretch of the Appalachian Trail runs through the park, while the top of Wawayanda Mountain offers sensational views. More than forty miles of trails are marked in the park.

Good spot nice varied views

Took my kids on this hike and they loved it. My daughter was so excited she went ahead and eventually out of range of our radios and lost cel service. Thankful for the Vernon PD who quickly found her, on the other side of the mountain. Never a dull moment.

It was a lot of fun, but it can be a challenge if you’re not used to hiking uphill.

hiking
18 days ago

i am amazed - this trail is now clean. re-did last Sunday with a group. i didnt see the large distracting sign at P7. No mosquitoes mid October. I really appreciate the hard work put in trail maintenance crew.

Absolutely beautiful hike challenging yet very worth it once you get to the top we took the dog and she loved it definitely worth the trip don’t miss this one

Great short hike. Well-maintained trail. Nice views to the west and northwest. No bugs and lots of happy hiking dogs! We left before sunset, but it would have been an amazing place to watch the sun go down!

Very rocky and steep trail but worth the beautiful view you get at the top!!

hiking
1 month ago

Easy to follow markers to guide you along the way, did it with my pet Rottweiler and I can tell she enjoyed it as well.

hiking
1 month ago

Nice, moderate hike. Very popular. View was good but outlook was crowded. Bring some snacks to enjoy at the top. Well marked trail, but make sure to go left when you see the huge pile of rocks for the view! Had to be careful going down as it was slippery. Overall, fun hike

hiking
1 month ago

we took north trail at the fork and could get only to a location where the trail gets lowest and closest to the lake. after weeks of raining many parts of trail were flooded but stepping stones helped lot until the spot where the trail was impassable. we had to return after merely 1.6 mile :( As we were getting closer to the lake we could notice more trash ( as described by other hikers. The lake is full of floaties, pool noodles etc etc. Along the trail we saw plastic bags full of "party trash" like plastic cups or plates. And yes, clothes, shoes, towels were not the unusual view. Besides all these additions, the trail itself is great and steep.

Not very dog friendly, muddy. Most of the trail is through a field on planks. Only enough room for one person and u get full sun so it gets hot. I don’t know about this one

Where’s the Damn Waterfall!!!! Lol

Where’s this waterfall???

Awesome spot to hike, trails were easy to read, don’t forget to put on big spray I got eaten alive haha and it does tend to get crowded with parking over there. Also after the hike there’s a farm a min away with the best Ice cream!

Filthy. Poorly marked. sudden appearance of NJ Circle tags on trees where blazes ought to be. White trail is part of loop? I still do not know. Also, on Clinton Road/ Parking Lot 7 there is a large sign for unauthorized parking. That sign only applies to overnight parking. The sign distracted me. Mosquitoes galore today. Glad to make it off that trail.

Loved it!!!

hiking
2 months ago

This was a great hike, it was short and somewhat steep, but there were a lot of cool things to look at along the way. Check out my full write up with pictures and things to look out for.
http://www.eastcoasthiker.com/trails/stairwaynj/

Absolutely gorgeous views ! Be sure to MAKE A LEFT at the pyramid of rocks. We Kept following the white marks (to the right) and totally missed the view. Came a long a mailbox if you go that way which other hikers leave messages in a notebook (the kids loved to write in it). I’m surprised this is considered a moderate it was pretty tough.

I went this last weekend and it was a great day for a hike, not too hot. I didn’t expect such a zig zag of rock climbing but it was worth it. I did pass the view and kept following the white marks on the rocks and the trees but then noticed we passed it. There is a big pile of rocks shaped in almost a pyramid with a wooden sign that says “view” take that left. There was a small stream of water from the recent rain. The scenic views are always the cherry on top. The mosquitos were ruthless!!! Bring bug repellent! I recommend this even for beginners.

Loved it. It is in shade and pretty clearly marked. I believe steepness depends on how long the legs are on the person you ask. Views were breathtaking. Worth it.

Long hike- prepare for about 45 minutes with a real rough terrain. Well worth it once you get to the top!

Nice trail, completely in shade with lovely green cover and little brooks crisscrossing every now and then like naughty kids. Not very steep as few reviews suggested. The white markers take you right to the top and extend onto the AT. Do not miss the big pile of rocks once you feel like you reached the top. The view to the vista is left from the pile and can be easily missed. Technically the trail ends at the vista unless you are a through AT hiker. Nice to meet the through AT hikers and have a chat with them learning their experiences.

Hi all, I was wondering if there’s someone who want to join this trail during this week! Let me know. INSTAGRAM: @Sarisdu or sarisdu@hotmail.com.

Views are beautiful for what is a short moderate hike but unfortunatley this is an extremely popular hike that gets overcrowded on the weekends. Its become such a problem that the town has come out creating and enforcing new parking laws so be carful in that aspect.

Awesome Hike !!! This was my first hike. Great hike for beginners. Short hike with Great View!

Such a great hike on such a beautiful day!

This trail was great and had breathtaking views! It took us about 3 hours total. An hour hiking up. An hour at the top having lunch. An hour hiking back down. It is VERY steep coming up and down, we needed a 5 minute break going up. Also very rocky the entire hike. Make sure you have the proper shoes! When you reach a giant rock pile with the wooden sign that says “View” make a left by the blue dot trail and follow that up to see the view!

hiking
4 months ago

I started off at route 515 in Jersey. there begining is flat and easy on a boardwalk most of the way. when you cross route 94 you approach stairway to heaven. it's a steep climb mostly rocks zig zag top the top. beautiful views when you get there

walking
4 months ago

My friend and I decided to walk around the lake, we had the map but the trails were not clearly marked! We ended up getting lost a couple of times!

Excellent hike! Very strenuous and at the 3/4 mark I questioned why I was still doing it hahaha, but totally worth it! The view was great and we met a lot of great people, religious hikers and through hikers. There’s a farm across the street, a small farmers market with a bathroom. Good for quick stop.

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