Looking for a great trail in Worthington State Forest, New Jersey? AllTrails has 17 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. Gearing up for a challenge? There are 14 hard trails in Worthington State Forest ranging from 2.3 to 12.5 miles and from 318 to 1,597 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!

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Some of the most rugged terrain and splendid views of northern New Jersey are found in Worthington State Forest. A rocky and sometimes steep trail follows Dunnfield Creek from the Delaware River to Mount Tammany or hikers may choose to follow the trail to Sunfish Pond, one of the most popular sites in the area. Millions of years in the making, the pond was carved out by glacial forces during the last ice age and is one of fourteen rock-basin lakes between the Delaware Water Gap and the end of Kittatinny Ridge. A trail circles the pond, with many boulders and openings for resting and observation.

Awesome views of Pennsylvania from the NJ side of the water gap. The trail can be rough in some places. Check out my full write up which includes directions and things to look out for.
http://www.eastcoasthiker.com/trails/mounttammany

challenging but in the best way! Worth the trek to the top for that amazing view. will definitely be back.

Excellent trail. Took my dog with on the trail today (march 2019). It was a tiny bit icy and I got a little winded going up the steep incline. I strongly suggest red dot up and blue dot down. The dog had a phenomenal time.

Hiked this trail several times and always a great hike. A little short but fun. great hike for NJ and a favorite for the area.

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8 days ago

This was my first hike! Beautiful day. Took the Red Dot Trail going up and the Blue Dot Trail coming down. Let me be frank. I'm 50 and it was my first hike! Boy it was hard going up! Took little over 2 hours, had to take a couple of small breaks. But it was beautiful and I really enjoyed it. Steep climbing on rocky terrain was the most difficult part. The snow/ice spots made the trail little slippery at certain locations, but if one was careful, it was good. I did not have hiking shoes, just regular Nike sneakers, so the rocky terrain hurt and the shoes got wet. I was so happy when I made it to the top! The hiking stick was very helpful for support. Coming down was easier (on the Blue Dot Trail), but certain times my knees hurt a bit. We stopped and enjoyed the water falls at the end. Next time I will be more prepared and hope to enjoy it even more! Good luck to all the first timers!

okay, let me explain my experience for my first true hike. it was amazing, I loved the difficulty of the hike, made me feel adventurous, and the views and waterfalls I've seen are beautiful. I need more hikes like this one

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28 days ago

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28 days ago

I’ll probably do this hike again in the Spring/Summer. It was more moderate than hard I’d say. The last half mile or so the trail was totally covered with snow and ice. Microspikes would probably be helpful on this trail and Mt Tammany in the winter.

The hike back along the creek in mid-February was extremely icy and slippery, but all in all it was a nice hike! Enjoyed seeing the lake, creek, and some small waterfalls. There was only really one place on the hike out that offered views of the surrounding area.

if you're going to do this Trail go up the Appalachian Trail the trail on this app is extremely difficult listen to the reviews of other people stay off this Trail

Pretty great trail for a sunny winters day pond is a nice spot to finish at.

Ice made this rather precarious. Many falls.

One of my favorite hikes. It can be hard- scrambling for sure, but there are different paths. Views incredible

Excellent hike red dot trail up is a workout but awesome!!!

Great Hike! Can be slippery at times but just use your best judgement. Amazing views.

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1 month ago

Tough trail, for sure! and when I was there a few months ago, we encountered bears. stay alert, kids!

Do this trail every year, multiple times a year! It’s one of my favorite ones in New Jersey!

Great hike, pack strapped to our backs, took the Red Trail up to the ridge and followed the Blue Trail back down. 6 miles in total. Trails were very well marked. Little rough in the snow, hard to see the ice underneath. Spikes would have been a great piece of equipment to have. but all in all a great day in the woods.

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1 month ago

Love this trail. We went up Mt Tammany and round the fire house road to Sunfish Pond. The trail is flooded in several spots! The challenge was crossing fast moving streams several places. We had to use logs several spots to cross. Water level is very high. The trail is very icy. Bring micro-spikes. I used them on some spots on the trail. Sunfish pond is completely frozen. Love the sound of the frozen lake! It is a great hiking trail for pups. My pup loved it!

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1 month ago

It was a little bit icy and snow mix. But it's easy to handle. The only confusion we had was after turning right into the green trail from the blue trail, we had to cross the stream back and forth 5 times, it seems like that session was not well marked. If you are comfortable to walk along the logs to cross streams, go for it. Over all its a moderate /easy hike. We ran the last four or five miles when the trail is ice free. It would be more beautiful at summer I think. Would be fun for kids.

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1 month ago

Great day hike with pretty cool views of the delegate water gap!

This is a great trail, with some awesome views from the top of Tammany and of Sunfish Pond. If hiking after any rain, however, do NOT take the green Dunfield Creek trail after the Pond. That trail requires you to cross a large river 5 or so times, and when we hiked this trail the day after a decent rain the water was high enough to be well over the rocks they want you to use to cross the river. We ended up making our own trail and having to cross multiple times on unsteady fallen trees. Continue on the Appalachian Trail after the Pond instead back to the parking lot to avoid this; if only we had known.

Turquoise trail seemed to be a bit overgrown, even for the wintertime. Beware if hiking in the summer.

Also, it may not be entirely accurate but according to my phone this trail turned out to be 13 miles instead of the advertised 10.5.

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