Apshawa Preserve - Green Loop

MODERATE 55 reviews

Apshawa Preserve - Green Loop is a 3.2 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near West Milford, New Jersey that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

DISTANCE
3.2 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
564 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dogs on leash

hiking

forest

lake

river

views

waterfall

wild flowers

blowdown

bugs

Outstanding views and interesting ruins in this relatively unknown area Enter woods on white trail. After about 5 minutes you will see the green trail come in from the left, going down hill. Turn left here. Trail soon ascends on a woods road, then levels out for about a mile. You'll come to a pond and a large dam. Turn left staying on the green trail as it descends, follows a stream, passes some ruins and huge, rusted tanks, then crosses stream and continues on a woods road. Waterfalls on left. Pay attention here as trail leaves road to right and begins a steep climb, eventually reaching some outstanding overlooks. A short bushwack brings even more views. Trail then descends gradually, reaches a gravel road then turns back into the woods after a short distance, then crosses a stream. Eventually you come to an intersection with a yello trail. Stay left on the green, follow it to the white trail, turn right on the white and back to your car.

hiking
2 months ago

From the parking lot it's the BLUE trail that's starts and meets up to other trails. Fun hike and not too hard. Very rocky at times careful not to slip with all the leaves now. I did the blue to the red loop and back to the parking lot on the blue. Water scene is pretty. Will def do this again

hiking
2 months ago

Scenic trail. Did not run into many birds or wildlife beyond chipmunks and squirrels, was surprised how empty it was for a Sunday. Very peaceful.

hiking
2 months ago

Stick to the trails located on the directory in the parking lot. I used this app to see where we were on the trail and the trail was incorrect. The trail going to and from parking lot is blue not green. The app sent us onto an unmarked area. Be careful. The trails are marked! I believe they must have changed the colors of them or added some. The view of the reservoir was wonderful!!

hiking
2 months ago

Fun trail with hardly any traffic on a beautiful Sunday afternoon. There are two waterfalls as the green trail swings north (walking the loop counter-clockwise). The first is beautiful, the second is a concrete wall with water dripping over its edge. If you're going to take a break, do it at the first waterfall! Much nicer view.

3 months ago

dope trails beautiful views cool spots to stop at ..loved it!!!

hiking
3 months ago

It was a very nice, peaceful hike. Both the waterfalls and the ruins were wonderful. We walked blue-orange-green, and then in reverse the same way. Not too many other hikers, so it was serene. We walked about 4 miles. Please be LOUD when hiking. We ran into the SAME BLACK BEAR TWICE ON THE BLUE TRAIL around 3:40 PM. Be cautious and stay alert. It did not run even though we made A LOT of noise and just watched from afar. Also, pick up children when coming across bears. My sister is 7 and ran, we had to quickly grab her.

6 months ago

Great hike. Just realize though the blue trail leading to the green trail is 1 mile. Its more like a 5 mile hike when all said and done.

9 months ago

Beautiful park!

hiking
Monday, December 05, 2016

A beautiful hike!! First just a heads up the White Trial from the Parking lot is now the Blue Trial to prevent any confusion. Anyway I hiked the Blue trail and then the Green Loop and really enjoyed it. The views from the dam, reservoir, and waterfall were beautiful and had a nice time sitting and relaxing there. Another heads up the trial gets steep either walk up from the waterfall or walking down to the waterfall but worth it.

hiking
Sunday, November 27, 2016

Absolute beautiful hike. Great photo ops of rivers and waterfalls. At times very steep terrain; make sure your rested up. Overall amazing hike.

hiking
Saturday, November 12, 2016

Well marked trails, some rocky paths, very quiet. Great hike with lots of options and lookouts.

Wednesday, June 15, 2016

good for family to get one day trip

hiking
Saturday, June 20, 2015

Overall, a great hike for beginners, not too difficult. I did it with my father (who is 75) and he had no problem at all.

Beware of bears and ticks though.

hiking
Friday, June 19, 2015

I liked that it was a short trail and had a lot to offer. I actually was only on part of the green loop. I was mostly on the blue, but didn't have service to record the trip. Nice views and well taken care of! It's cool that most of it is fenced in to keep out deer. I took blue, white, red, green, blue, purple, then followed the fence back to the lot I came from (except the worst part was the ending 'cause it wasn't a real trail), and it was about 3 miles. Will definitely recommend, especially for beginners.

hiking
Wednesday, September 10, 2014

Really awesome trail. Really great views. A lot of broken glass at the start of the trail. Couldn't find the waterfall.

hiking
Monday, January 20, 2014

This hike is nice and easy, maybe a bit strenuous for someone just starting. There are a couple of Dams, a cascade and some cool rock formations. The overlooking scenery is not as good as some of the other hikes that are close by but they are not bad. I recommend doing this one of you just want to get outside get some fresh air and get your blood pumping. If you want more adventure or nicer scenery maybe try something a little farther north or the rock scramble near the Giant's Steps at Palisades interstate park which is across from the NYC Skyline.

Overall it was an enjoyable hike.

hiking
Tuesday, October 29, 2013

Great hike. Definitely not for young children or the non agile. Very well marked & clean. It should be noted that the trails have apparently changed. There is a map on the front gate at the trail head. Take a picture with your phone. It will come in handy. FYI several trees are currently down across the green trail. You will need to climb over/under many. Personally I loved this & thought it added to the trail. You may not agree. I only noticed one spot with a little mud, but I can see this area flooding. Highly recommended.

hiking
Monday, August 19, 2013

Loved the green loop. After 8 months not hiking, it was a joy to hike in the woods again. With ponds, dams, ruins and small water falls, it's quite exciting to be on this trail.

Went on the Butler Reservoir loop too a few days later, it was quite challenging in parts with downed trees and boggy areas, again a great hike, the yellow trail closed though, because of beaver damming activity, too bad.

hiking
Thursday, July 26, 2012

This is a nice hike with a varied combination of features to keep one interested. The switchbacking going up green trail after the dam is by far the most difficult part of the hike. The views are alright, probably better in the fall. However, if you hike for viewpoints this may not be for you. The views fail to match up with many of those found in the Wyanokies and Ramapos of Norvin Green SF, Ringwood SP, Stonetown, etc. Otherwise, there's a little bit of just about everything.

hiking
2 months ago

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