Hacklebarney Loop Trail

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Hacklebarney State Park

Hacklebarney Loop Trail is a 2.1 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Long Valley, New Jersey that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Distance: 2.1 miles Elevation Gain: 331 feet Route Type: Loop

dog friendly

kid friendly

hiking

nature trips

walking

bird watching

running

forest

partially paved

river

views

wild flowers

wildlife

bugs

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rocky

Waterfall. Wild Trout Streams, Black River, Hemlock forest, Deep Ravines This loop hike is great if you are looking to get out for the day but relax more than hike. The hike will take you down into the Blackriver as well as along Trout and Rhinehart Brook, Hemlock Ravines and mature hardwood forests. The trails are wide and have gravel put down. If you want that challenge there are a few trails along the Black River that are more like hiking trails, narrow and rocky. This hike will take you through both trail types. Along the trails you will pass many benches and picnic areas. There are also old water fountains along the way that where built by the Civilian Conservation Cor, during the depression. They no longer work though. The trails are all unmarked but will be getting marked in the next year. The best time to hike the area is during the week when you will only encounter fly fisherman. Weekends tend to get crowded.

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rocky
scramble
4 hours ago

Beautiful trail, but some people need to learn to pick up their trash. Doggie bags and masks on the ground at almost every picnic area stop on the red trail. Families without masks clogging the rocky parts. It’s a moderate difficulty trail, stop bringing your small children if they can’t handle it. There aren’t really any garbage cans on the trails, but is it that hard to hold onto your garbage? Maybe just don’t bring your dog if it’s that difficult to pick up after them? Ugh. Anyway. Love the woods, could do without the idiocy.

hiking
1 day ago

I love this park and the trails have something for all levels and the stream is nice for kids.

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bugs
rocky
13 days ago

Great trail for beginners like me! I took the red and yellow trail and it was perfect. I wore hiking boots which helped a lot since I’m very clumsy.

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rocky
16 days ago

Incredible scenery! We did the entire red trail from start to finish with a small piece of the orange trail. The red trail began as a paved/gravel walkway with steady incline. We continued to make our way down the red trail side this took us along the river. It was absolutely beautiful to see the flowing river and the trail turned into more rugged terrain. This included climbing over rocks of all different sizes, definitely watch your footing. Along the river there are cutouts with bigger rocks to sit on and picnic tables/bridges for photo opts. We saw a ton of chipmunks , a garter snake, and many birds. There were people fishing. We saw someone catch a trout ! When we got to the end of the red trail we took the white trail back to the parking lot (steep incline ) but gravel/paved path. Clocked in at 3.1 miles we had done this AFTER a morning hike at Schooley Mountain so it was a great workout ! We will DEFINITELY be back :)

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rocky
scramble
16 days ago

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rocky
17 days ago

We followed the red trail for a loop all the way around and loved it. Small rocky section about halfway through the loop but just pay extra attention to your footing and you’ll be fine. Family friendly- 6 year old child and 61 year old mother both completed it fine. Lots of lovely little places to sit by the water and relax. Also a bunch of tables and grills. All trails are well labeled- you can’t get lost. Make sure you bring enough water and enjoy! Will definitely return.

hiking
2 months ago

Beautiful and close to our house. Loved it!

hiking
3 months ago

One of the best trails I’ve been on in NJ. Highly recommended!

hiking
3 months ago

Hacklebarney State Park is a central Jersey Gem with Black River/ Lamington River as the center piece. Today was sunny chilly windy day hike. Lot of spots to take rest and enjoy the views.’ The go to park for a quick rewarding hike. Not many cars in the parking lot, had the whole park to myself. Red rocky trail runs along the river. Many cascading waterfalls, river was full, clean dry trails

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hiking
4 months ago

Brought my 77 year old mother and she crushed part of the red trail.

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icy
muddy
rocky
snow
4 months ago

Red dot trail was very nice, a bit rocky so probably not suitable for children. Also very cold, but that’s what happens when you go hiking in January. will definitely comeback soon

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rocky
6 months ago

Great views on the Red trail that follows the river. Rocky for a good stretch but that also made it less popular to crowds so that helps if you’re looking for solitude. The first 1.5-2 miles was crowded, mostly families and group hikers (I went on Columbus Day). Further up is more quiet. Trail is very well marked, bridges and benches are marked too. If you are looking for a challenge or high points, this may not be a good choice though. Overall I liked it as I wasn’t looking for a challenge that day. Would recommend as an easy-moderate, family friendly, dog friendly trail.

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muddy
rocky
7 months ago

Red trail following the river is very scenic but extremely rocky in certain areas. This place is probably beautiful in the fall during the peak foliage season. Plenty of parking, trail markers were easy to spot, plenty of benches and picnic areas.

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bridge out
bugs
muddy
off trail
private property
rocky
7 months ago

hiking
7 months ago

Easy, relaxing hike. Beautiful fall foliage and river. Road very well maintained.

hiking
8 months ago

great hike, clearly marked trails. beautiful scenery and Black River.

hiking
8 months ago

Nice and easy trail, beautiful view of the black river. There are plenty of benches and barbecue pits that you could have an after trail party! Highly recommended!

hiking
8 months ago

Great trail to bring the dogs. Beautiful views of the river for most of the trail. Wear hiking boots for rocks. Highly recommend!

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