Assunpink Wildlife Management Area Trails

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Trenton, New Jersey

Assunpink Wildlife Management Area Trails is a 5.9 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Trenton, New Jersey that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 5.9 miles Elevation Gain: 551 feet Route Type: Loop

dogs on leash

kid friendly

hiking

horseback riding

mountain biking

nature trips

paddle sports

walking

bird watching

running

forest

lake

views

wild flowers

freezing cold day, nice lake!

hiking
muddy
1 month ago

Nice hike and some beautiful wildflowers.

hiking
bugs
muddy
off trail
over grown
1 month ago

hiking
flooded
muddy
over grown
2 months ago

There was a point the trail crossed into a stream that was deeper due to the wet weather & most the trail was sightly muddy, but sturdy even so. Some parts were a little overgrown and i had to reorient myself but a surprisingly nice trail.

running
off trail
2 months ago

I ran a 5.38 mile loop on pavement. Run goes by horse and animal farms and included hill running. Nice loop.

hiking
no shade
over grown
8 months ago

Not a great hike. Relatively boring, with long deaths of corn fields. Trail overgrown in places, usually with pricker bushes or poison ivy.

hiking
9 months ago

While the trail is pretty - wildflowers and butterflies- it was very frustrating. There are no trail markings that we could find and we found ourselves going the wrong way a couple of times. We won’t be going back.

hiking
Sat Oct 27 2018

Midweek hike at end of October. The wooded parts of the trail were totally unmarked and leaf covered. GPS and knowledge how to use essential to avoid getting lost. Trail intersected with 15 ft wide creek that was deep and could not be crossed. Had to detour and added two miles to hike. Beautiful area for walking on local tractor trails but do not recommend wooded portion for inexperienced hikers.

Wed Aug 01 2018

Not too many real trails, just trails made by tractors you have to follow. Eh not the best. not at all what I was expecting.

Fri May 11 2018

so far so good

hiking
Sat May 05 2018

Good mix of open fields and woods, as well as some lake views. Paths are very visible but one needs the app to decide where to go at various intersections of trails. Easy hiking with a few muddy spots. Sparsely used by hikers, saw a couple on horseback.

mountain biking
Sat Mar 31 2018

Great paved and dirt paths and roads. A wonderful place for teens and families to adventure about for the day. Nothing very challenging. If you look, there are a few small “off the path” paths that are fun and challenging.

bird watching
Mon Dec 11 2017

A nice fall walk in mixed meadow, farmland and new growth woodland. As others have said it’s a mix of access roads and single track. Given the terrain and several small lakes it has a good mix of birds. Don’t be put off by the stated location ‘near Trenton’ this is a good 20 mi east of Trenton and is actually on the other side of the NJ turnpike.

ohv/off road driving
Sat Sep 16 2017

Nice place to start and test some basic skills and limits if you vehicles. A nice mix of gravel, dirt and some wooded areas with some water and mud. A great place to check if your crossover is really ready for off-road.

running
Sun Aug 20 2017

I had to keep the app open as some of the connecting trails are tricky.

hiking
Sun Feb 26 2017

Overall this is not too bad of a hike, especially for this part of NJ (also if you're in to bird watching). However there are some caveats. I went early on a Sunday morning (started at 8 AM; finished about 10 AM) and I would say that is the best time and day to do this trail. Why? To start, there's no hunting on Sunday and this is an active hunting area (you'll come across many shotgun shells along certain parts of the trail -- I guess those hunters weren't too concerned with "leave no trace"). And if you want some solitude, go early. When I returned to my car at 10 AM, there were people there training hunting dogs, and several horseback riders starting the trails. I mentioned going early for some solitude, but that won't come along with peace. There is a shooting range nearby and you will hear gunfire throughout your hike. It's more prominent when you're West of Stone Tavern Lake. That was the main negative part of the hike (and a little unnerving, but I kept reminding myself the gunfire was coming from the shooting range). Otherwise I enjoyed it. I did the trail counter clockwise which I'm glad I did, because towards the end that means you get a short ascent with a nice panoramic view (which reminded me to make sure I bring my binoculars along next time; and for the birds). I also think it's easier to follow the trail counter clockwise. You will encounter many side trails along the way, many which actually do rejoin the main trail. If you have time and want to do some exploring, there are several options to do so with those side trails. The trail is basically a horse trail, so it's pretty easy to follow. It is not really blazed, although you will see some blazes (pink, blue, orange) to the East of Stone Tavern Lake. But don't expect them to be of much use. For this trail, you really need to have your phone out with AllTrails running the entire time so you can see where you are on the map. When you're West of the lake, you're in open fields bordered by woods. But when you're East (and around) the lake, you're walking through the woods on a narrow path. So it's a nice mix.

hiking
Thu Nov 17 2016

The Robbinsville site on the map is wrong. The town is a couple of miles from where it's shown on this map.

hiking
Fri Jul 22 2016

Not really for hiking

Mon Jul 04 2016

Boring horse trails

running
13 days ago

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