The Tourne and Birchwood Lake Loop

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Tourne County Park

The Tourne and Birchwood Lake Loop is a 5.3 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Boonton, New Jersey that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

Length5.3 miElevation gain692 ftRoute typeLoop
HikingMountain bikingNature tripsWalkingBird watchingRunningDog friendlyForestLakeViewsWildflowersWildlife
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Park in the lot near the public restrooms off McCaffrey Lane. Walk left onto the Red trail (just past the restrooms) and continue until you join the Purple blazed trail. At about 1.6 miles into the hike, you'll join the Red trail again and head to Birchwood Lake. You'll walk by the Western side of the lake for about a fifth of a mile and then rejoin the Purple trail. At the 2.7 mile mark, you'll reconnect with the Red trail and keep on that until you join the Yellow trail loop (at about 4 miles in) around the Tourne, which will bring you back to the lot.

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Will T
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great trail, well marked. dog friendly.

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Laura Sanchez
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Peter Palena
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Andrew A
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Pretty fun, and slow, with all the ice and snow! Ankles are already sore.

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Krys Kanet
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Alka Anuj
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Joe Xie (APD)
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Scott Brook
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K Miklós
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A little crowded but nice somewhat rocky trails.

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Edmund Metcalfe
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Bryan Bartnick
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Deborah Ostheimer
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Good. Did the red and purple trails. Rocky at times. Not great views but great forest no deers.

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Bharat Mattaparti
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Ken Liu
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HikingBugs

Red trail to the lake then Purple back and then up to the top of the Torne. Beautiful, well maintained trails. Watch out for some mountain bikers on the narrower Purple trail. Parking wasn't crowded at all this trip.

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Lawrence Reisner
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I did the loop to the lake first, then the circular route to the top. It is better to do that last segment in winter with our leaves for a better view. I saw bikes on the trail, but they are narrow on the lake segment.

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Daniel Doran
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Great trail get there early parking lot fills

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Kevin Stocker
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Marilyn Gamez
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It was a nice hike for beginners. I would've given it 5 if it was a little more challenging.

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David Swezey
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This is a mixed trail with Mtn bikers. Dog walkers and trail runners. I was running today and stitching together random trails. Hard to get lost if you have a decent sense of direction. Some good smooth single track. Some typical north jersey rock trails. Some gravel path.

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Stephanie C
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Started at the parking lot west of the one marked on the trail. A little muddy in spots but in good shape considering all of the rain lately. If you want to get the big elevation gain out of the way early, head for the yellow trail around the Tourne first. Strava marked this in line with the 5.3 miles listed above.

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Errichiello Family
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Nice trail. Two minutes from my house. Very buggy this morning. Loop is 4.09 mi. Took 1:43 with the dog.

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Mike Skagerlind
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4.22.19. A very pleasant series of crossover loops combining to form an easy, but decently long, hike that features good woodland walking, plenty of birdlife in the trees and on Birchwood Lake and a gentle climb up to the Tourne itself. Tourne County Park is a good mix of the well groomed trails of a municipal park and some of the wilder aspects of a state park. If you're thinking of trying this one out, here are my stats as a rough guide: Distance: 5.3 miles Elevation Gain: 696 feet Moving Time: 1:44:34

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Diana Rusu
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Noelle Hedgcock
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Donal Donohoe
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Sherry Snead
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Melissa Yan
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Len Friedman
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Gary Feit
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