Sunfish Pond via Garvey Springs Trail is a 4.5 mile lightly trafficked loop trail located near Hardwick, New Jersey that features a lake. The trail is rated as moderate and primarily used for hiking and trail running. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
4.5 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
1,181 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dog friendly

kid friendly

hiking

trail running

forest

lake

wildlife

Nice hike, did it in early November, beautiful foliage and the lake.

1 month ago

We planned on taking the Garvey Trail
to Sunfish Pond and back. However when we arrived at the parking lot a Ranger said that the Douglas Trail to Sunfish is a bit easier so we took that instead. It starts at the same parking lot as Garvey.
The hike was gorgeous with fall foliage and was moderate and wide. At the campground are very scenic views of the Gap and the PA side. We trekked on the west side of Sunfish then returned to the parking lot vis Garvey Springs red dot Trail. It’s steeper than Douglas but very moderate going down. All told about 4.5 miles, and just beautiful scenery. Most amazing is that we never crossed paths with another hiker in 3 hours !

hiking
2 months ago

We were camping at Worthington State Forest Campground this past weekend, so why wouldn't we do this trail. The trail head is literally right from the campground. The weather wasn't perfect, it was quite misty and chilly, but we were itching for a hike. The fog transported us into a really cool, eerie wooded environment. There was something awesome about seeing the different shades of fog signifying the distance between the trees. It was nifty feeling like we were in our own tiny world of clarity as opposed to feeling like a small little part of the massive woods that surrounded us. Up at the pond there wasn't much of a view either, but seeing the clouds of fog hang low just above the rippling water was a peaceful experience in itself. This whole trip just goes to show that there is no "perfect hiking weather." We'll definitely be doing this trail again when we can see further than 20 feet ahead of us. lol

hiking
3 months ago

We walked up an advanced but doable unmarked trail directly to the right of the waterfall. Then we cut across and rejoined the trail up to the Sunfish Pond, which is actually a beautiful lake with natural high acidity and no swimming allowed. Some people were swimming anyway. On the way down we decided to use the switchback trail on the other side to return to the parking lot. The highlights were a green temperate rainforest filled with ferns, a gorgeous mountain-top lake, and an active waterfall.

backpacking
3 months ago

Lightly traveled. Enough of a challenge with the elevation change. Well marked.

hiking
4 months ago

This place is awesome, gorgeous lake and waterfalls.

hiking
5 months ago

Loved this hike. Super buggy.

hiking
8 months ago

Went in late March and the trees were still brown with no leaves, however it allowed for a nice view of the surrounding hills. Just follow the orange trail up to the white trail (AT). The first 1/2 mile is pretty steep and gets your heart rate up and the second 1/2 mile is still up hill but not as tedious. Sunfish pond was beautiful with the late afternoon sun sparkling on the water. Once you get to the top and are on the AT trail (white blazes) it get's pretty rocky and there are a few spots where it's basically stepping from one rock to another. Only saw a few people on the trail, otherwise it was quiet with only the sound of a near bye stream and wind through the trees.

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