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Sussex Branch Trail is a 37.6 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Stanhope, New Jersey that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until September. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.

Length 37.6 mi Elevation gain 1,108 ft Route type Out & Back

Dogs on leash

Hiking

Horseback riding

Mountain biking

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Walking

Running

Forest

Lake

Rails trails

River

Views

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This is a 9.0 mile point to point walk on the southern section of the Sussex Branch Trail (From Stanhope to Newton)

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Reviews (140)
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Recordings (147)
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Nancy B.
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Mountain bikingBugs

Today I did the southern half of this trail. I reviewed the northern half in my previous post from two weeks ago. I went from Waterloo Road trail head to Kittatinny state park entrance which is 6 miles one way 12 miles total. This was a one and done trail for me. I had always seen the trail head on 206 and wondered where the trail went, now I know but this section from Waterloo Rd. to Andover is not nice enough for me to go back and do again. This part of the trail from Waterloo Road to Kittatinny state park is nice for the 1st mile but after passing Cranbury lake you are traveling along 206. You are never on the road but the trail becomes extremely narrow, about a tire with wide in some places, overgrown with low hanging branches and a tree crossing the trail, you go through people‘s backyards, you cross roads and travel through parking lots but you are always on a dirt trail near art. 206. The trail, in many parts, is made up of stones not the fine compacted gravel so it is too bumpy for a casual bike rider like me.

Nancy B.
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Mountain bikingBridge outBugs

This was a very lovely trail, A bit buggy, and a few problems with this Alltrails’ directions for a section of the trail which I describe below. I started at the Warbasse junction Road trail head and cycled south about 6 miles to the entrance to the Kittatinny Valley State Park parking lot on Goodale Road and then back again. It’s a very lovely rail trail with a lot of shade. If you follow the trail as indicated by this app you will be going off the official trail at a certain point. Again I was going south on this rail trail and I came to a very large sign that said the rest of that section was not being maintained anymore but Alltrails app still had me go that way. If you follow the sign it puts you out onto Hicks Ave. and cuts off that entire section of the trail that Alltrails app takes you on. I decided to follow the app and not go on the road. I did not see any signs that said private property so I felt comfortable going this way. This section is extremely beautiful but extremely bumpy, narrow and overgrown but doable. There is little tree cover in the section. There Is also a wooden bridge that is not being maintained and is falling apart but is passable if you have a good balance. I cautioned anyone From following the AllTrails app and doing this section of the trail if you are not comfortable with taking a risk going over this bridge. (This is where Alltrails app has the directions incorrect.) After this bridge you then have to take a left onto Trinity St. then right onto Stuart St. which turns into Diller Ave. Follow that road just briefly then on your left is a brand new parking lot, the trail starts up again on the other side of that parking lot. If you had followed the big sign and took the road instead of following Alltrails app. you would get back to the trail in about a mile. You also have to cross Newton Sparta road to continue on to the trailhead. There was a bear that crossed my path, many chipmunks playing chicken as they cross my path and lots of birds singing away. I did not pass too many people but of those I passed, most were on bicycles. If you follow the rail trail past the ponds near the Warbasse trail head there are swans in that lake and I saw a Blue Heron. It is not tree covered but it was beautiful.

Patrick Kenney
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Mountain bikingOver grownRocky

Needs work on some parts but overall great ride and scenic. Avoid after rains for sure.

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Victor Cioni
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Mountain biking

This is actually a terrible trail, not sure what others see that I didn't. Poorly marked and maintained (some of the trail is actually maybe a foot wide!). It's nice for maybe the first mile-mile and a half then it runs along a very busy/loud road. When you get to about mile 3.5 it essentially spits you out in a residential street area lol. Who wants that? So you backtrack the way you came. I would not recommend this trail to anyone, but in the early part of the trail there is one or two hiking trails that are easy and nice to do (Iron Mine trail (Blue markers).

Shawn Lee
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HikingBugs
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Mikayla Mirando
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HikingBugs
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Lisa Bee
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Hiking

Peaceful trail, beautiful scenery. A little buggy, remember to bring bug spray!

Ian Olito
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Hiking

Trail in good shape even after all the rain. Wet in areas but passable

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Jaime Perrelli
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Hiking

everything was well kept except the shards of glass by the little waterfall.

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james shen
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Hiking

This is a beautiful trail. I had to drive 50 miles to get here. This is on a Sunday, two days after a rainy day. As soon as I arrived in the parking lot. There were two big potholes at the gate and there were 4 parking spaces still open but they were in huge ankle-deep puddles. Luckily, I brought my boots. I started on the main trail. I came across more huge puddles. I had to try and balance myself to walk on some fallen tree branches to avoid step in these puddles because my boots have a side zipper, therefore only mostly waterproof. I didn't want to push my luck. It's no fun hiking with wet socks, sure way to get blisters. But because all these water and moisture in this park, I get to see beautiful waterfalls, mushrooms on trees, green moss on rocks. I don't regret it at all. I started on the dark blue trail, then red trail, then white trail. I turned back after 3 miles or 1.5 hours. I made a wrong turn and ended up returning on the Ranger's trail, it has very steep and rocky slope. I wish I had my trekking poles because I have bad knees. They hurt doing steep descent. But I managed it ok.

Kellie Ann Keyes
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We come here often and its always a beautiful hike!

Eric Freda
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Hiking

Nice and easy starting trail. If you start on The Waterloo Village Side, Wildlife you may see along the trail are beavers, turkeys, deer, turtles, birds, chipmunks, lots of squirrels, and yes, the occasional bear. Water levels can vary depending on rainfall and the iron mine trail was flooded for the last year or so due to a beaver dam but it appears the beaver has since moved on and the trail is now open again. There are several offshoot trails to try as well. There are a few minor waterfalls and lakes along the way and one part comes out to Cranberry Lake which is a really nice view. You do have to cross some streets to get to the continuation after Tamarack Road and then the trail narrows a bit at that point but it’s a very nice hiking, biking, and running trail and great for dogs.

Mike Doyle
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Hiking
Shawn Siegel
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This park is a gem....this trail is an old railway bed so it's flat as can be. The sound of water can be heard along good portions of it. You can walk it all year basically....Excellent place to go.

Michael Backer
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Hiking

Enjoy these trails all summer long

Dina Ekholm
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Hiking

I love this trail. I love that you can take other trails and loop back onto it. Beautiful area.

Rob Young
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Rode it end to end quite beautiful in areas enjoy!

Erin B
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Love this trail. Run it all the time!

Michele Marx
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hiked the blue trail/ iron mine trail.

Felipe Felipe Maysonet
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Mountain biking

beautiful trail.

Kelly Spencer
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Walking

Flat, kinda boring, but good for a quick jog or if you'd rather walk in nature vs. your neighborhood. The trail is great for bikers and continues well past what is shown here. Try the hiking trails that are off of this trail. The white trail to the yellow to the teal leads to a great view and is just about 2 miles RT

Andy W
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Hiking

Very flat until the turn onto the Iron Mine Trail. Then there are some moments of steepness but nothing all that severe. The flat section gets a decent amount of mountain bikers. But the Iron Mine Trail portion was as quiet as can be.

Bobby Sullivan
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Hiking

good trail not too easy not too hard. great views and not crowded. saw a HUGE Black Racer snake at end

Maria Zdroik
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Mountain biking

Pretty area. Nice short hike . Some bikes on trail.

Matthew Dubas
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Fishing

Not the best lake for peace and quiet, as the water gets overrun with traffic in the summer, but the fishing is good. Lots of islands break up the scenery and provide a varied landscape.

Karen Hohmann
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First to Review

Not much to see, but pleasant enough if you're looking for something very short and easy. Written directions on this site are no longer accurate. Some roads described as gravel have been paved and most importantly - the "Orange" trail mentioned in the text has been re-blazed in RED.

Debra Cullen
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Hiking
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Michael DeLuca
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Road biking
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