Douglas, Appalachian, and Garvey Springs Trails Loop

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Douglas, Appalachian, and Garvey Springs Trails Loop is a 4.4 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Columbia, New Jersey that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, trail running, and nature trips and is best used from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
4.4 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1,154 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dog friendly

hiking

nature trips

trail running

walking

forest

lake

river

views

wildlife

hiking
8 days ago

Was snowing lightly with a stiff breeze making for a very cold hike at points, but it was a very nice challenge for a winter day.
As stated by others the climb up Garvey Springs is quite steep and challenging, but once you get to Sunfish Pond things level out a bit. We took the Turquoise trail to the fire road to avoid the rocks on the AT around the pond as we did not know if they would be icy. At the southern end of the pond we found that the pond level had risen and the bench was in the water; it is possible that the AT was also in the water as it is close at points.
After taking the Douglas trail down, we added about 3/4 of a mile by taking the Rock Core trail back to Garvey Springs to get back to the parking lot. It was a nice trail but the creek crossing was a little tricky with all the water.

hiking
15 days ago

Pond is beautiful and is a geological wonder in NJ, there is a very large camping area with nice views along the trail, lots of fire rings in the camping section though fires are not allowed according to signage, i recommend you stick to the AT around the pond (white blazed) instead of taking the bypass trail so you dont miss the rock art, only down side is it seems to get very busy during the weekend, oh and make sure you stop at Llama ice cream after your hike, youll thank me later!

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful trail.

hiking
8 months ago

A beautiful trail that offers continuous babbling brooks and a brief glimpse of the iconic NJ AT. The first 1.5 miles of the trail is a sharp incline and takes a lot out of you, but the rest is relatively smooth sailing. Would recommend taking the loop counter clockwise to avoid the incline. Not a lot of majestic views but you get a few from time to time. Watch out for copperheads.

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