Flat Brook Loop, Delaware Water Gap

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Flat Brook Loop, Delaware Water Gap is a 6.8 mile loop trail located near Layton, New Jersey that offers the chance to see wildlife and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible year-round.

DISTANCE
6.8 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1312 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

hiking

forest

wildlife

From town of Branchville take rt. 206 west. Go past Stokes State forest office. Make left onto Strubble Rd. Take Strubble past Tillmans Ravine. Come to intersection with cemetery in front. Make left onto mountain rd (No signs). Follow dirt road past Buttermilk Falls. Come to another dirt rd on left, this will be the rd to take on hike. Continue past this. Just before bridge over Flat Brook pull in dirt lot on left.

9 months ago

The trails on this loop are not marked. It started off on a hunting road then it was unclear where to go. I had a difficult time locating the route and found myself following a stone wall and then some deer paths. I headed back through the woods to the main trail because I was running out of time.

Will be back soon to explore more. Lots of history in this area. Nice big stone walls, old foundations and homestead sites. A few old dumps to dig through as well. This area is heavily hunted so wear some orange.

hiking
Sunday, September 18, 2016

hiking
Monday, March 07, 2011

I hiked this trail several times while doing a historical research project in the area. The woodland, ravine and ridge terrain is nicely varied. There are a number of archeological traces of past habitation and work. The black bears are fairly numerous, and snakes are not hard to find, but most of the bears are shy, and timber rattlers will warn you of their presence - as long as you don't clomp around carelessly. Use care in the wet areas that attract copperheads, as they blend into the fallen leaves. Use your walking stick to tap ahead so there are no surprises. This is a big sportsman area, so be aware of hunting seasons to avoid being mistaken for game.