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Van Slyke Castle Loop is a 2.3 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Oakland, New Jersey that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, and nature trips.

Length 2.3 mi Elevation gain 462 ft Route type Loop
Hiking Nature trips Running Forest Lake Views Wild flowers Wildlife Rocky Scramble
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Lauren Pon-Severino
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Hiking

We loved this one! Went with my 7 and 10 year olds. It was the perfect level for us and the castle ruins were a lot of fun. Parking lot is very small. I pulled in to the lot and waited about 20 minutes for someone to pull out. (11:30am on a Sunday).

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Kristen Davis
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This trail was awesome! The castle is fantastic! Ma ma bear and babies so we rerouted but everything intertwined

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Lady Jimenez-Torres
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May May L
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Robert Kouril
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Hiking

Nice short hike! You better get there early because parking is crazy. The abandon castle at sunrise is just breathtaking

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Lady Jimenez-Torres
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Hiking

visited trail after peak leaf change season. it was slippery in areas so make sure to wear shoes with good traction. Nice views stop the castle, even on a foggy day. did the trail in about 1.5 hrs.

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Maiko Akiba
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The weather was not good so we didn’t get any views but the castle was fun! Recommend to go clock-wise.

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Saori Shimoyama
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The trails are well maintained and clean.Most of it is flat and easy to hike, only a few places where you need to scramble. Great beautiful views at the reservoir and the top of the mountain where the castle is. Very clean, spacious and also very dog friendly!

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Alex Kogan
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Xiomara Guzman
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Matt Huiatt
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Frank Meloi
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Herbert Li
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Andrea Spear
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Beautiful rainy morning

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laura Davis
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Jenny Tomasso
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HikingGreat!Rocky

The trail markers are a little misleading but the pay out was well worth the extra walking to find the castle. Beautiful fall views and quite a workout (in a good way)

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Christine Kulpeksa
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beautiful trail, VERY rocky at points but, there's also very easy points on this trail. overall a great day in nature.

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Kevin Beach
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ryan molnar
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Hiking

awesome trail! pretty rocky in some spots so be sure to have some quality boots.

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Jean-Paul Bustamante
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Debra DiPrima
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Fabrin Cabrera
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James Buchanan
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Julie Reichling
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Jamie Bromley
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HikingGreat!Off trail

Loved this! I took my 11 yr old and she had a blast! We hiked thru the woods and used the paved path too! Finding the castle remains was a nice challenge and we got gorgeous views! Also saw a cute little turkey family w two baby turkeys!

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Maya Mgr
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Hiking

Nice mix of terrain and scenery. Nice mix in elevation. We followed the white blazes and ended up doing a different thing that AT app for the second half but still nice! Good shade for most of it

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J L
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Hiking

Castle trail (white) provides a nice workout, with steep and rocky trail. On the way back is confusing, got lost couple of times and the markers are not clear. Make sure you stay in the woods to make the hiking more fun. Definitely need a GPS.

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