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

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!

1 month ago

Easy, beautiful, lots of variety, no people even on a holiday Monday, highly recommended hike with a difference - no views but gorgeous forest, lots of wildlife.

1 month ago

Nice hike with uneven terrain but a great hike

2 months ago

if you are ONLY hiking, cost to park in lot is burdensome. it is a beautiful park. with beach and paddleboats.

3 months ago

I completed a variation of this hike which included the Laurel Pond Trail to the Pumphouse Trail and the Boulder Garden Trail. The forest is beautiful and lush, but the lack of views on the route I took results in the hike being somewhat anti-climatic. My father used to bring my brother and I fishing at Laurel Pond and Wawayanda Lake when we were young and so I was eager to explore the surrounding woods a bit.

More markers needed.

8 months ago

I hiked this trail two times this summer. Once in early June which was easily 5 stars, and once in late August, which was 1 star. Over the course of the summer the kids destroy this trail. Very sad actually. You can party and be stupid, and still respect nature.

5 stars for the trail, Negative a million for Humanity :/

10 months ago

The dirtiest most disgusting trail I've ever seen in my entire life!!! Local people just can't keep this place clean!!!!

10 months ago

Great hike and views. Just wish people would clean up after themselves.

Pond was refreshing - keep an eye out for snakes

10 months ago

Boardwalks over wet areas need better maintenance since the wet summer created quite a bit of muckiness. Trails are well marked and rocky with some strenuous climbing. Exquisite views of the skyline and the pond from rocky outlooks. People need to haul out their trash!!

Did the loop around the lake. Following "directions" via the app lead me to a dead end. Follow directions to the state park entrance. Highly recommend getting a map from the lifeguard stand.

11 months ago

The trail has been trashed by kids that go up to party and go cliff jumping. There's broken glass all over the place, old clothes lying around, and the smell of old cheap beer is everywhere at the top. Don't get me wrong I love to party and have a good time but if you hike for the soul purpose to enjoy the beauty of nature then you will not have a good time on this trail. It felt like I was at a water park full of people who have no respect for nature. This place needs to be cleaned up! Here's two stars for the exercise I got.

11 months ago

A nice easy trail. Did some kayaking also.

Wednesday, July 05, 2017

Easy trail around the lake, approximately 7 miles. Crossed paths, in close proximity, with two different families of black bears. A bit too close and common of an encounter for comfort.

Wednesday, June 28, 2017

Nice trail to have a stroll on week end. Spotted black bear

Friday, May 05, 2017

great hike! little bit of everything on these trails. Lake views, interesting boulders . old pipeline , easy walking.

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Nice easy walk

Tuesday, November 29, 2016

Hiked to Terrace Pond from Stephen's Road off of Union Valley. The way we did it too we were able to hike around the entire lake as well. Such a nice relaxing place and even got to go cliff jumping which is always fun.

Friday, November 04, 2016

Very beautiful hike. Brought my dog, who is relatively experienced when it comes to climbing the rocks but this trail had some very difficult parts for even us to get up. We had to find an alternate route at one point to get back on the trail because it was dangerous to try to get my pup up the incline. There was also a ton of broken glass, which also worried me (We were on the blue trail FYI). Other than that, the trails were clearly marked. And the views were gorgeous.

Friday, August 19, 2016

Overall a nice hike. Not too difficult, but definitely not easy. I've done this hike a few times a year for 10 years and the one problem I have is that its getting way too crowded. I love jumping into terrace pond, but now it just seems like there are too many people up there to hang out and get in the way. time to find a new cliff jumping spot.

Wednesday, August 10, 2016

Ran in state park by lake/beach trails, they were very nicely maintained and had multiple surfaces and degrees of difficulty, some flat wide and dirt others steep with rocks. Varied terrain made run fun and challenging laurel pond trail and some adjacent trails. BB

Sunday, August 07, 2016

Awesome time there! Cliff jumped and hung out at the cliff!

Friday, July 15, 2016

Great hike. Would definitely recommend it. Once you get to the top,where the pond is at, some cliff jumping is a must. Water felt great even on a nice cool day.

Sunday, May 15, 2016

I've been hiking this trail for years. it definitely is a loop if you follow the markers properly. you go off the blue onto white and red for a bit by the lake. if you want to make the hike shorter start another half mile up at the pipe line and you'll cut out about 20 minutes of walking which is nice when you're short on time since the beginning is the easiest part anyway.

Saturday, April 30, 2016

An absolutely perfect hiking trail... Its a tough as can be hike with beautiful scenery and a perfectly places lake right on top of the mountain... Its one hell of a workout...

Saturday, April 16, 2016

A perfect moderate hike with good inclines...not a complete circle though we had to back track from where we came

Thursday, February 04, 2016

It was a nice easy trail, some cool views specially the lake. We did it with snow so it made it harder and also allowed us to say so many animal tracks including bears.

Sunday, September 06, 2015

Nice family place with easy trails

Saturday, August 08, 2015

Great trail with lots of different terrain. We took the yellow to red to white to blue trail which is longer than the direct trail to the lake. It was approx 5.5 mile hike. Lots of mosquitos in the beginning so bring repellent. The lake was very busy - lots of swimmers in the water- and 2 large curious snappers swimming around.

Saturday, August 30, 2014

I completed this hike 40 years ago and perhaps 40 times since. In my early days the property belonged to a quarry company. Now it is part of a NJ State Park. Nothing has changed though, except that overnight camping is not allowed and violators get summonsed by Park Rangers. Also swimming is not permitted, but it is impossible to keep swimmers out of this "cliff-diving mecca". A Ranger will order everyone out of the water and inform them of the law before he/she leaves, and then it is up to individual impulses and the "band wagon" effect. The State of New Jersey is not liable for injuries incurred by the foolish, so personal responsibility is paramount. The trail has been adequately described by others posting here. I will reiterate, bring bug spray and use it. Ticks do exist in brushy areas, so DEET spray around the lower legs and ankles is advisable. At the same time, the main trails to this "mecca" are heavily used, so brush tends to stay minimal to moderate. This is a great moderate hike for the healthy year-round, but when slippery from rain, leaves, or (in winter) ice, it can be dangerous. Good footwear is a must. Bruises and abrasions are not uncommon on the steeper trail areas which the elderly know to avoid (but others prefer). Take care and enjoy yourselves. Most visitors have been on this hike several times or more, so feel free to ask for information from fellow hikers. Most are friendly and happy to help. There are some small water creatures in this glacial pond in addition to humans from time to time, but there are NO FISH, so leave the pole at home. The large snapping turtles help keep the pond clean and shy away from people without picnic food. They are the largest permitted life forms in the water.

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