VanCampens Glen Loop is a 6.8 mile loop trail located near Blairstown, New Jersey that features a waterfall and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail but must be kept on leash.
dogs on leash
Waterfalls, View of Delaware River, Steep ravines, colonial town, Bald Eagles The day ended up being another rainy day, received over 2 inches rain. It was a good time to get out and check out the streams and falls. It ended up pouring through the entire hike, well worth it when I got to the falls. The trail starts out by going through a old colonial town (Millbrook) that was restored. Every October they do a reenactment in the village and bring it back to life. After going through the village I got onto the VanCampens Glen Trail that takes you through an awesome ravine. With all the rain it was gushing and some sections of trail were underwater. Once out of the Ravine you go through some old farm fields and then along the Delaware River through a landslide that occurred not long ago. I ended by bushwhacking up a Ravine were I found a real nice water fall. Rout: Millbrook to Yellow VanCampens Glen, Across Rd Blue Hamilton onto Orange Pioneer to Ravine, Follow ravine to Hamilton Rd, Right on Blue Hamilton, Left on orange Orchard to Pa.
I parked at Millbrook Village and took the Orchard trail to a hunting road. Missed the trail as shown on the map but took Old Mine Road then a deer path to a ravine down to the river. It was difficult for me because the trail was not marked or well maintained.
I found a rock wall and followed it along the river through heavy brush and fallen trees until I met back up with the orange trail.
This met up with another parking area and the yellow trail. Again after a while the blaze got difficult to follow but eventually made my way back to the village.
The yellow trail at Van Campens Glen was the highlight of this hike. I will return here but would not trek through the unmarked sections again unless there is serious trail maintenance done.
I went on a Thursday morning and my friend and I were the only ones there. It's a moderate trail. Really cool geological changes to the rocks from water erosion. I will go back again.
Do not go on a Sunday. This is an amazing trail with waterfalls and swimming holes but it gets infested with New Yorkers. You will have a much better experience during the week or even a Saturday.
This trail is one of my favorites in NJ . Not because of great views or perfect scenery , but because of all the history and fun that this trail has to offer. If your looking for straight hiking , then this trail is not one for you although the short walk to the waterfall will be well worth your time from the Big Glen parking lot on old mine road. The waterfall has a huge swimming pool around 7 feet deep in the deepest section (depending on rain levels) and the waterfall is around 20 feet deep itself which promotes jumping off the rocks above into the pool. As a kid we would hike this trail barefooted with just towels and our swimsuits and spend the whole day at the waterfall. WARNING : I do not recommend to anyone jumping from the rocks above. My buds and I always take proper precautions to make sure no debris or sharp rocks are within our jump radius . A mistake here will likely cost your life .
only do the Van Campens Glen trail which is about 3 miles at most and action packed with waterfalls
Not to be picky but, though the trail is near Bushkill, PA, it is in NJ. It makes for a nice ramble, including old-growth forest, river views and at history at both Millbrook Village and Van Campen's.
This is a nice trail, with a lot to offer, from scenery and views of the river and old cornfields, to the historic Old Mine Road, the Van Campen Inn, the remains of Colonial-era Fort John's, and a woodland graveyard. Try to visit on Van Campen Day or other day when the Van Campen Inn is open to visitors (Check the Walpack Historical Society). This is in a national park, so no take no souvenirs. It is also in sportsmam territory, so be aware of hunting seasons - even though the hunters generally aren't supposed to be in the park.