Wood Duck Trail

EASY 14 reviews

Wood Duck Trail is a 3.1 mile moderately trafficked out and back trail located near Sussex, New Jersey that features a river and is good for all skill levels. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October.

3.1 miles
39 feet
Out & Back

kid friendly



nature trips

trail running


whitewater kayaking




wild flowers

The trail is flat and well maintained. The main purpose of the trail is for Wildlife viewing. There trail takes you through extensive wetlands, hardwood forest, and some fields. Along the route you will pass many interpretive signs explaining the local plants, Insects, Mammals, Rreptiles and Amphibians that you can find in the area. On warm days you can find Turtles bathing on logs or snakes on the trail. The best time to hike here is Spring and Fall. Eventually the trail ends at the bank of the Wallkill River. A great place for Kayaking. The current of the river is so calm that you can paddle both up and down river with ease. It is also great to get out on this trail in winter with Cross Country Skis or snowshoes.

3 hours ago

Nice quick and flat trail. A bit overgrown towards the last 3/4 of the way.

1 month ago

1 month ago

This is a perfect beginners trail. Totally flat. Nice views. Lots of wild life.

2 months ago

3 months ago

Nice trail. Millions of ticks. Most overgrown it's been in a while. Don't bring animals. Put in plenty of bug spray.

4 months ago

Very nice easy trail to walk or run. Good for kids. DO NOT go further into the field past the gate. MILLIONS OF TICKS in that field.
Even tho dogs aren't allowed (didn't see that till I got there) I took my two small ones and they had 20+ on them and we had them all over us.
Tick city!!!
Besides the ticks it was a nice day.
I think it's silly dogs aren't allowed.

nature trips
5 months ago

Perfect for children ages 4 to 9. Lots of flora and fauna. My daughter and I saw chipmunks, turtles, turkey, squirrels and plenty of birds.

trail running
11 months ago

flat. perfect for jogging. good change of pace from a jog on the pavement through the neighborhood.

Saturday, September 17, 2016

Good for a quick hike when combined with some of the other trails in the Wallkill River National Wildlife Refuge. I'm not a fan of out and backs, but this was a fun little trail that would be good for kids. You can extend it by going past the gate at the end and continue along to Route 23 through a grassy area (but be mindful of ticks). The downside is that there is some type of aggregate processing plant, so in addition to the traffic sounds from Route 23, there was the beeping of trucks and the continual sound of the rock crushing. Couple of bonuses were beaver lodges adjacent to the footbridges on the trail.

Tuesday, July 12, 2016

Monday, April 20, 2015

Fantastic for a quick hike, especially if pressed for time as I was this evening. A ton of wildlife and gorgeous scenery. Completely worth checking out!

Saturday, January 03, 2015

Monday, September 22, 2014

This trail was a favorite amongst my kids. Super easy, flat path. Not too long, just enough to tire them out! We saw more turtles than we could count, as well as signs of other wildlife and even a water snake. We will definitely be making our way back. Trail parking was clearly marked from the road. Just a great family outing.

Sunday, July 29, 2012

An easy trail through wetlands. Lots of turtles, frogs, water snakes and birds... A nice walk that isn't too strenuous or too long.