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Raccoon Ridge via Douglas and Garvey Springs Trails Loop

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Worthington State Forest

Raccoon Ridge via Douglas and Garvey Springs Trails Loop is a 8.6 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Hardwick Township, New Jersey that features a lake and is rated as difficult. The trail is primarily used for hiking, nature trips, and backpacking and is best used from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 8.6 mi Elevation gain 1,555 ft Route type Loop
Dogs on leash Backpacking Hiking Nature trips Forest Lake Views Wild flowers Wildlife
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This route can also be done as an out-and-back by just using the Garvey Springs Trail and then returning on it.

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FullBlown Cranium
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An excellent, but physically demanding, hike. I wouldn't attempt it on a hot, humid day. I followed AllTrails' prescribed route and started with Douglas. From the parking lot, you'll see two trail heads. The one on the left leads to a double waterfall. The one on the right, with the metal gate, is Douglas. I visited the falls then backtracked and took a short connector over to Douglas. It's worth the 5-minute side trip. Douglas isn't that steep, bit the ascent is a long one. 1000 feet over 1.7 miles. I was pouring sweat by the time I got to the ridge even though it was only about 65 degrees this morning. Turned left on the Appalachian Trail to Sunfish Pond, which the AT hugs in a semicircle. Some fun boulder scrambles here. The AT segment out to the Raccoon Ridge overlook is a good one with lots of variety: forested sections, open, grassy sections, narrow trails over exposed bedrock, & pretty wildflowers. Unforgivingly rocky, though. The overlook itself is gorgeous in all directions and a nice reward for the ankle and knee damage. Backtracked on the AT to the Garvey Springs trail, which offers a steep descent and ends across the street from the parking lot amid a cluster of orange wildflowers. Bonus: I met and chatted with some great people on the trail today. Cheers to the father and daughter on an overnight, the retired but very spry couple on Garvey, the newly engaged couple at Sunfish Pond whose picture I took (on their phone, at their request), and the two young lads at the overlook who were on a 20-mile trek. I'm not sure where the 7.4-mile length comes from. I followed the course exactly and clocked 8.8 miles. My quick side trip to the falls was .2 max.

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Liam Replogle
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stunning, absolutely gorgeous

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Avery Zucco
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Went in the reverse, up the Garvey Springs Trail and down the Douglas Trail. Nice views out over the Poconos from the ridge line. Thunderstorm ran me off the ridge. Be aware that the ridge here is very exposed if you should run into the same problem. Trail is very rocky/scrambly in sections, but that's expected.

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Michael Freeman
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Jack Casey
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Kimberly McKnight
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Great trail! Definitely need to bring lots of water as it is quite the workout going up the mountain. The view from raccoon ridge is worth the hard work. The trail is very rocky so make sure you have proper shoes and a hiking stick helps. Part of this trail hugs Sunfish Pond and has very thick brush. We ran into a rattlesnake at this point along the trail, so be on the lookout!

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Steve Michalec
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I started with Garvey Springs Trail to Sunfish Pond. It’s rigorous but pleasant as one hikes up through a fern carpeted forest. Now on top of the Kittatinny Ridge, it’s an easy hike from Sunfish Pond along the Appalachian Trail to Raccoon Ridge, at one point passing through some lovely fern meadows. The rock cairn signals you’re at the sweet spot of Raccoon Ridge - the view opens up on both sides for a nearly 360 degree view. The view of the Delaware River Valley and distance is particularly enjoyable and well worth the hike! You can avoid the crowds at Mt. Tammany and have just as rewarding, albeit different, view at Raccoon Ridge. Returned along the Appalachian Trail, skirting part of the shoreline of pristine Sunfish Pond. Take some time to enjoy its beauty. Took Douglas Trail down to the starting point, where I felt i now had the time to more closely admire Laurel Falls that are near the start/end of the loop. Cautions: A rattlesnake was on the Appalachian Trail along Sunfish Pond. You’ll be exposed to the sun for good stretches of the trail nearing and obviously at Raccoon Ridge. The hike is punishingly rocky at times. Bring plenty of water. But the bugs weren’t bad.

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Max Pinado
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Good hike, feels longer than it is but that’s a good thing

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Timoteo Vazquez
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excellent location with great views and different options/trails to take.

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Maggie McMahon
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Kaitlin Ventrice
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Timothy Reynolds
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It was great! A lot of fun things to see

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Josh Porter
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Mike Pease
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Nice fall hike with beautiful colors. Took a few alternate routes on less traveled paths which added a little mileage, adventure, and seclusion to the hike. Also spent some time at Sunfish Pond watching 2 beavers swimming outside of their den.

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william turbett
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Nice hike. Quiet, tranquil on the weekday. Bears active in the area.

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Alfred Davis
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Kelly Spencer
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One of my favorites! Bears are in the area. Racoon ridge is a great place for lunch!

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Christian Diaz
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Jon DeOliveira
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ang wei
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Logeswari Shanmugavel
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Elena Petrenko
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Thomas Cuppernull
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