Sunfish Pond via Appalachian Trail

MODERATE 84 reviews

Sunfish Pond via Appalachian Trail is a 5.8 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Blairstown, New Jersey that features a river and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

5.8 miles
1341 feet

dog friendly





nature trips

rock climbing






Great Views of Delaware Water Gap. Glacial Pond. Appalachian Trail From trailhead, hike a tenth of a mile north. On the right hand side of the road, you will see a gate, and a trail going up. Climb the trail. The first area will be grassy, quickly followed by a young forest. This part of the trail will be marked by a green dot on a white rectangle mark on tree trunks. When you intersect with the orange rectangle marked trail, turn left onto it, until you climb to the Appalachian Trail intersection (AT is marked white rectangles). On the AT turn south (right), and on the next intersection, turn left into a trail that will border the pond, and will start to amaze you with how beautiful this area is. Keep walking. You will find a wood road where you turn right, and walk for a while until you join the Appalachian trail again, this time traveling north (right). Here is where you will truly enjoy the pond. There are several rocky overlooks to the left, where you might want to lunch. Reach orange trail, and retrace to car.

1 day ago

Nice views around the lake, otherwise mediocre views. Challenging steep uphill section to begin with for fit persons. Hiked feb 18. Took 3hr20 without stops. iPhone measured at 7 miles (?) would give 3.5 if could.

7 months ago

Hikers, Please be on the lookout for 2 runaway dogs - they hopefully are still traveling together but that may not be the case any longer. They left my home near the Mohican Outdoor Center on Friday 7/7 2017 and I have not seen them since. They are friendly nothing to fear but we want them home desperately. Please call/text with any info any time - 862-579-5671 - Laurie

8 months ago

10 months ago

Nice beginners hike in the DWG area. You can get to the pond in about 1 to 1.5 hours (slow pace with plenty of breaks) via the green to orange to white blazed trails if you are looking for a little shorter out and back. A small parking area leaves a short walk along the road to the trailhead. Ticks were bad in the very beginning, so plan solid tick prevention. We didn't see any more after the first break. My kids definitely liked the pond and playing on the rocks. It is a little rocky up top, but no more than normal for the area. Plenty of wildlife... Looking forward to returning when the ferns are in full growth!

Friday, January 06, 2017

Overall great place for a hike. Off-season serenity. See photos.

Friday, November 04, 2016

Rocky spots took some careful stepping but a beautiful view of Shawnee Inn at the top. Nice workout with great views.

Monday, October 31, 2016

Very rocky

Sunday, October 09, 2016

A lot of these trails are advanced. Very rocky.
Absolutely beautiful well worth it!

Sunday, September 25, 2016

Great hike! VERY rocky around the pond and VERY steep coming down the orange trail. It was a beautiful day and a beautiful hike. Would definitely do it again.

Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Started on the Appalachian Trail up to the pond, and took the Dunnfield Creek trail back towards the car. Definitely well worth the hike once you reach the pond. The views from the top of the mountain were good for what it was (I mean, it's New Jersey). Both trails were a good workout, and we went in the middle of the week, so no one was there!

Friday, July 22, 2016

Definitely challenging but so rewarding. I suggest lots of tick protection, as you are hiking through some weeds and ferns through parts, but be on ALERT. It's rattlesnake and copperhead territory. Stay hydrated :]

Wednesday, June 01, 2016

Great trail. Saw 1 black bear and several deer.

Saturday, May 14, 2016

We did a variation. Dunnfield trail up to the pond, AT back down. Dunnfield was great, with a reasonable rise until the last mile or so, the scenery was varied, walking along the rive for most of the trip is just nice. The water was a little high with all the recent rain, so some crossings were challenging and some spots pretty wet, but it didn't spoil the trip. AT back down is rocky (ouch!) at least to the "duck zoo" (and crowded as you'd expect) Overall about 7.5 miles. Sunfish is always worth it. Get up early and beat the crowds!

Sunday, December 27, 2015

Great little hike. It was super foggy so it was difficult to see across the pond. But we will definitely be back on a sunny day. Steep climb up from the parking area up to the AT but flat along the shore of the pond until you start your descent.

Tuesday, April 21, 2015

A nice 5 mile hike with a few nice views at the top. The first 1/3 of the hike is fairly steep and it is somewhat level or downhill thereafter. Saw several deer on the way up and a group of turkeys as we descended.

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Nice 5 mi hike up from packing lot and back. Pretty views, stream, lake. nearly 2 ft of snow still on ground, lots of post-holing made it challending climbing, sliding back a bit challenging as well. Gaitors!

Sunday, August 19, 2012

This was an interesting hike for myself and the two friends I was with. We were hiking to Sunfish and from there to Mt. Tammany which is a hike I would recommend for any experienced hiker. The views from Sunfish were fogged over (still very cool though) as it was a very damp day. But as we made our way to the summit of Tammany the clouds broke and the views were magnificent. This was a difficult hike, especially with the wet leaves but with the proper equipment, you'll have an amazing time. Oh and what made the hike most "interesting" was the baby black bear we saw as we were making the descent!!!! Although we did have to hike an extra 4 miles out of the way, just to be sure we didn't run into Mama Bear, it is a hike I will never forget!

Sunday, November 13, 2011

This is only a difficult hike in relation to the area. As hiking real terrain goes, it is a breeze. Yes, it is rocky, so quality boots seem the most logical. We do this trail many times throughout the year. We actually prefer to leave from the trailhead near the open field camping of Worthington SP and use the Douglas Trail on the way up. This intersects with the AT before Sunfish. From there, we usually go around the left of the pond on the AT, chill out on the rocks awhile and then head down the orange blazed trail which branches off the AT after leaving Sunfish. The orange trail is steep, but a shorter walk down to the starting point.

Monday, September 19, 2011

The first hike I did in New Jersey! I had always thought of New Jersey as flat and urban but this hike cleared up that misconception! While it is a popular hike with city folks (lots of people with cologne and sneakers), it's still a nice almost 4 mile, steep and rocky hike with a nice place to have lunch.

Tuesday, November 02, 2010

Nice hike around the pond, there are some nice view points along the trail some water level and one above the pond a bit and all give a good perspective of your surroundings. I particularly liked the section along the AT where some rock shapes where erected along the shore worth checking out.

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