Catfish Pond and Rattlesnake Swamp Trail via Appalachian Trail

HARD 23 reviews

Catfish Pond and Rattlesnake Swamp Trail via Appalachian Trail is a 14.3 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Blairstown, New Jersey that features beautiful wild flowers and is rated as difficult. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round.

DISTANCE
14.3 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
2257 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

backpacking

birding

camping

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

views

wild flowers

wildlife

hiking
22 days ago

Parked at started at coppermine trailhead, coppermine trail is nice trail- not rocky. Connected to the AT and walked to catfish firetower had lunch, and turned back the same way. Great views on the ridge on the AT and a waterfall on the coppermine trail.

26 days ago

hiking
1 month ago

backpacking
1 month ago

Great trail! Plenty of opportunities for water refills and camping if doing an overnight. Wonderful views once you reach the AT ridge line. Must pay close attention to signs and your path because it's easy to go in the wrong direction or miss a turn. Watch out for snakes sun-bathing (they are more afraid of you than you are of them). Make sure to hang food if doing an overnight. Very peaceful. Somewhat highly trafficked but never an issue, just frequently encountered other people. Even saw trail magic right before Catfish Pond, offering drinks and hot dogs.

hiking
1 month ago

Saw two black bears today. One a mileish in on the coppermine trail, the second no further than a 10th of a mile from the Fire Tower. Please be alert.

The hike itself was solid overall. Some nice cascades on the coppermine trail. The rattlesnake trail was overall pretty meh outside of some nice flowers here and there.

The real highlight is the fire tower and traversing the ridge on the AT. Great views.

hiking
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2 months ago

2 months ago

hiking
2 months ago

hiking
3 months ago

Beautiful not too hard but Rocky

3 months ago

7 months ago

The firetower is one of my favorite views in New Jersey. Lots of uphill and large rocks. I'd consider it an intermediate trail.

8 months ago

walking
8 months ago

trail running
9 months ago

Nice loop, running the ridge is great with some nice vistas and the firetower is a great view!

9 months ago

hiking
11 months ago

hiking
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