Willow Crest Loop Trail

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Willow Crest Loop Trail is a 3 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Newton, New Jersey that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, walking, nature trips, and birding and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

3.0 miles
223 feet

dog friendly



nature trips







Lake, Streams and Wetlands This is a loop hike and starts at the parking lot. Follow the blue blazed trail. You will hike through open hardwood forest, along creaks and swamps. You will also go past beautiful Willowcrest lake. Great area for bird watching, because of the variety of habitates you will pass through. Excellent for those looking to get out for an easy hike. After your hike you can head down to Swartswood State Park and kayak the 500acre Swartswood lake.

2 months ago

Lots of downed trees due to recent storms. Have to climb over and under trees. Nothing impassable. Lots of bushwack. Trail is barely visible. Wear proper footwear for swampy mud.

Thursday, January 05, 2017

My map recording didnt quite match with the one provided by AllTrails but it was close enough. This is a 3 mile well maintained and well marked loop. There are several stone walls to climb over and the trail itself is a bit muddy and rocky in many areas.

The lake is nice but I wish the trail followed the shoreline a bit more. A few small streams to check out as well but not much else.

The trail is very close to some houses and private property. There is litter all around the parking area. I also picked up a few empty Bud Light cans on the trail and several shotgun shells so be careful.

Sunday, July 10, 2016

it is not a hard Trail at best it is moderate but it was very interesting and I really enjoyed it. The lake was beautiful but the woods were also very cool

Saturday, November 26, 2016