Rattlesnake Swamp Trail

MODERATE 36 reviews

Rattlesnake Swamp Trail is a 4.3 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Hardwick Township, New Jersey that offers the chance to see wildlife. The trail is rated as moderate and is primarily used for hiking, trail running, and nature trips. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Distance: 4.3 miles Elevation Gain: 469 feet Route Type: Loop

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This is a great starting point for many hiking trails in the Delaware Water Gap Recreation area. The Rattlesnake Swamp Trail is a great family hike that offers plenty of vistas and changes in environment to keep everyone's attention.  The 700 feet of elevation gain is very manageable and the views along the ridge are well worth the energy.  The Catfish Fire Tower adds to the scenery and provides a good lunch break stop prior to descending into the Swamp trail section of the hike.

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rocky
10 days ago

Amazing veiws from the AT trail with the fall colors. I would recommend. they say its only 4.3 miles - we clocked it at about 6.

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1 month ago

Beautiful day for a hike. We saw some cool fungi in the lower half and some toads. Will be beautiful in the Fall with the leaves turning colors.

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1 month ago

Really nice hike on a beautiful day! Few bugs and little mud due to recent dry conditions.

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rocky
2 months ago

instead of turning right to return via the rattlesnake swamp trail, I made this into 5.7 miles by continuing down the AT to mohican road. BEAUTIFUL views to be had by taking this route!

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muddy
2 months ago

This review is two parts - the AT trail and the swamp trail. the AT portion of the hike is gorgeous. we started from Camp Mohican to get immediately on the AT. the views were splendid and there were plenty of spots to stop off for pictures and rest. the swamp portion was a little wetter, a little hotter, and a lot buggier. wear bug spray and you should be fine. all told an excellent hike!

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rocky
3 months ago

I absolutely loved everything about this hike. my favorite parts were the top where rattlesnake swap trail meets the Appalachian trail. we cooked lunch and had a picnic here. the fire tower was awesome. we were able to climb to the top and dee the amazing views, unfortunately there was a wildfire. (but still pretty cool to witness from the tire). I also really enjoyed the rhododendron trail and passing the lake. little muddy, but expected at this time. took was a while to get through... but we have a slow pace. still awesome and we made it out before dark.

11 months ago

Always great views from Appalachian trail along the Kittatinny Mountain. You literally walk along the edge for a good part of this hike. Catfish fire tower has some great views, but the top was locked up. Rattle snake swamp trail was muddy and wet, some rock stepping is possible but can’t avoid it in a lot of places. Overall great day hike!

Sunday, October 07, 2018

Beautiful even in rainy foggy weather!

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