Buttermilk Falls Trail

HARD 191 reviews

Buttermilk Falls Trail is a 5.2 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Layton, New Jersey that features a waterfall and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
5.2 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1302 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dog friendly

birding

camping

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

views

waterfall

wild flowers

wildlife

This loop has a little of everything. Waterfalls, ravines, valley walking, steep climb, ridge walking, views and a bushwhack.

12 days ago

Nice hike, I did the loop around Hemlock Pond.

hiking
25 days ago

Great day hike!! Extended the hike by adding Hemlock Pond and Crater Lake and AT segment. Took the falls up the blue blazes then turned right at the Woods Trail and followed until hemlock ponds. Followed around the pond until the orange blaze. Took the orange blaze up to Crater Lake. Turned left onto the Appalachian Trail for about a mile and then left onto Buttermilk Falls Trail blue blaze back down.

hiking
1 month ago

This is the tallest waterfall in NJ and it is right next to the road. Next to it is a great trail that takes you through a forest and leads to the Appalachian Trail. Tough in places but cool. Check out my full review along with some things to look out for.
http://www.eastcoasthiker.com/trails/buttermilkfallsnj

hiking
1 month ago

Great spot. Cool climb up the stairs to the top of the falls.

1 month ago

awesome

2 months ago

Hiked from Crater Lake to the falls. There are no good scenic views in between. The trails were not marked very well. My cousin and I got lost and followed the wrong trail a few times. It is possible to just drive to the falls because there is a parking lot right in front of it.

hiking
2 months ago

The hike itself is intense, hence it's rating. But all in all the most beautiful view is at the beginning. The trail was great with our 2 dogs and all in all I had a wonderful time.

hiking
3 months ago

This is a great hike, starts off with a beautiful view at the base of the falls where you start your hike. The first mile is difficult and where you find 95% of your vertical. But once you get through that you can enjoy an easy hike and relax at beautiful lake at about mile 2.5. The first mile of the hike has a lot of traffic but get past it and enjoy the rest.

hiking
4 months ago

Good hike. Caution: Don't take the south side mountain road, take the north side. The roads are horrible.

hiking
4 months ago

Enjoyed a great day swimming with kids at Hemlock. The hike in from the falls is fairly steep and rocky. It levels out around the lake and then becomes steep again up the Orange trail to the AT and back down to the Blue trail.

The trails in general are well marked and wide. There are a few questionable spots but we navigated without any major problems.

Cleanliness is an issue with this area as it is heavily visited by tourists to the falls. Bring a bag to help carry out empty beverage containers and other trash.

hiking
4 months ago

solid hike,easier than expected it to be. Did miss the turns after the lake but thanks to two ladies with a cute lab we were able to find the right trail.

hiking
5 months ago

Great hike! Big thanks to Annie for sharing her rock at Hemlock Pond with me so I could grab lunch and some sun. Your dog rules. Hike down and back up to/from Crater Lake and the "beach" was not worth it. See waypoint marked on my map for a climb up a side boulder that offers a decent view. Way too many bros and people listening loudly to music on wireless speakers out there...but also some really nice folks mixed in too.

hiking
5 months ago

Was a good challenge, started off steep then leveled out then back up again...good workout.

hiking
5 months ago

This was my first trail in years. My girlfriend took me not mentioning it was rated difficult. The beginning of the trail is very difficult, and the stairs are kind of scary but it was worth it. The falls are gorgeous and we met some cool people along the way.

hiking
5 months ago

Awesome hike took us 5 hours but we doubled up some parts

hiking
5 months ago

Great trail and except the beginning, not hard. It is not very well marked though. Here is a good way of enjoying the trail, Follow the path until you reach the lake. After that you should follow orange trail. When you get to the camping site, continue the path, but do not go to the white trail. You should be able to find blue trail to come down to the waterfall again.

hiking
5 months ago

Nice hike. Difficult in the beginning but pretty okay as you follow leads to a nice view of crater lake.

5 months ago

Waterfall is right at the beginning

hiking
6 months ago

Good challenging hike with the kids (8 & 13). Was steep at some points and rocks were slippery. Gorgeous view of lake. Saw geckos, chipmunks, bear tracks.

hiking
6 months ago

Awesome time! Beautiful scenery! Some really steep inclines, not for the fainthearted.

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