Schooley's Mountain Boulder Gorge Loop Trail

MODERATE 129 reviews
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Schooley's Mountain Boulder Gorge Loop Trail is a 3.1 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Long Valley, New Jersey that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is best used from March until November. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

3.1 miles
672 feet

dog friendly

kid friendly



nature trips





wild flowers


2 months ago

Short, easy and scenic !

3 months ago

Great view Went up the blue trail and back the white trail. Good short hike. Waterfalls were very nice. Will hike again.

6 months ago

So which trail actually takes you to the waterfall?

6 months ago

Fun, accessible trail with pretty views. Parking lot is across from trail head. We had some trouble following the trails after stumbling upon the playing field-- we wound up crossing a bridge, passing through a wedding at the Lodge (sorry about that, folks) and taking the green trail south. Crossing the river just beyond the waterfall was fun.

6 months ago

did this trail today and wow. first off where the app has you park you need to walk across the highway to hit the trail head otherwise you will be on the flat bike trail. trails are well marked and the falls are beautiful. once you hit the falls and climb up the blue trail its a bit tricky getting back in track. our dog was able to climb up and out but shes hiked a bit. not for an inexperienced dog. overall great views, clean park n will do it again. not buggy either which was a plus.

6 months ago

Decent trail. Moderate at some points but then fairly easy overall. The High Point Path does not have any views or anything despite its name. The best view is on the Patriots Path right where it meets the pink trail. That view was pretty nice and had a bench and shade to have a snack. The waterfalls off the dam are also really nice. There is a path following the river that parallels the Patriots Path. Overall, decent hike and there are some more trails to explore so I will be back.

6 months ago

got lost a lot. saw a meadow of wildflowers but no waterfall

7 months ago

It's a beautiful little day hike. We parked at Gillette parking lot and walked across the street to the Patriots path. We went up and first got to the look out, then the trail led us to the bottom of a beautiful waterfall. Hike to the top of the waterfall and it leads you to a lake and a little wildflower meadow! Our furbaby Jax loved it too!

7 months ago

Got lost on 2 trails. Use the blue path starting from Schooley mountain park. Awesome waterfalls though. Taking a dip was fun.

7 months ago

Today was our first time going to the falls. It was fun and the falls provided additional entertainment. Our German Shepherd loved the hike as well.

8 months ago

Love this area so much, so beautiful.

11 months ago

Hiking along the waterfall is the highlight.

Thursday, February 23, 2017

great waterfall , rough trail

Sunday, November 20, 2016

We did not do the falls, rather using this map parked in lot on Fairview and hiked up to see the view. It was beautiful and although difficult in some spots for my younger son (9), a fun, short hike. Took us about an hour.

Saturday, October 08, 2016

Very nice hike.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Good trail, pretty well marked. Had a great day hiking!

Wednesday, August 31, 2016

It was a bit boring for me, but next time I will do all the trails within the trail system and I'm sure it will be better. Great for kids.

Tuesday, August 30, 2016

Great scenes and a nice view of the town from 900 feet up. Most of the trails are clearly labeled and have a fun mix of rocky and flat terrain.

Sunday, August 21, 2016

Different portions of this trail are very different. The section along the stream is quite rocky and involves some scrambles over rocks and fallen trees. It basically follows the white on the hill or the blue along the stream. The other half follows the yellow grand loop trail and the beeline trail. That portion is generally wider, less steep, and less rocky.

Thursday, August 04, 2016

This park has a lot to offer for anybody. Has waterfalls, a lake, meadows with beautiful flowers, and an awesome view to top it off. The trails are kind of hard to follow but if you follow the colored marks on the trees then you will be fine. Don't take the highland cut if you want to see the view, follow the grand loop until you hit the sign for "overlook"

Friday, July 15, 2016

Had a great day hiking with my kids. The trails were well marked, l will definitely go back!

Wednesday, July 06, 2016

Slippery after the rains. Good for a quick early morning hike in summer. Will come back here more as its a good warm up hike prior to longer hikes.

Tuesday, June 21, 2016

Poorly marked trails. I am not sure why this is classified as moderate. It is on the easier end of trails that have some elevation gain. Still enjoyable.

Wednesday, June 08, 2016

The views of the waterfall were awesome!!! There are a few picnic-worthy spots too. There were a lot of steep parts and several rocks to climb so it was definitely moderate. The trail was confusing at times but with some backtracking we figured it out.

Sunday, April 24, 2016

great trail along the stream is a lot of fun

Thursday, April 21, 2016

Live this park

Sunday, November 29, 2015

Short but sweet. Poorly marked but keep walking there will be more blazes. The trail map online is good. Took the grandloop trail from the main lot which starts behind the pavilion on the hill. Made a left to continue on yellow then right for the bee line trail. At the road had to turn and come back just a bit since there was no trail marker to the white trail now on the left to head up to the overlook. After the overlook went back down to green to the falls. Made a right a right on the road following the river and kept following green past a small home until it turned into blue all the way back to the lot.

Sunday, October 25, 2015

Parking lot at Fairview Ave lot 2.50 mile in 1 hour. Started the Patriot Path to the right at 1st fork this is the only area where was a little challenging, otherwise the trail is easy not well marked but easy to follow. Next fork followed Grand Loop. Came to the a flat area and turned left. Found pink trail which was well marked until a 3 way split took far right which lead to the overlook nice rock formation but end trail. Backed to pink trail and took 2nd right trail back to parking lot. I use app MapMyHike to track my trail cause AllTrail did work.

Saturday, September 05, 2015

First time hiking, and to boot by myself. I was a bit nervous at first being that I came across a few piles of bear poo. It was a great hike, I enjoyed the enclosed wooded area and trails, no bears in sit. Going up was challenging , but well worth it. I have found a new hobby!

Sunday, July 26, 2015

Good trail, we followed the green blazes up and over the brook. The trail is easy to lose but is mostly clear. Up at the top after the brook you will start to see the falls on the right. There is a big rock overlooking the falls where we had lunch after the falls we went low instead of high by the lodge and rock scrambled over to the rest of trail and took patriots path back down to fairview ave. did it with 2 smaller kids, was challenging but fun

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