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Great hike. I think the HARD rating is deserved. Some rather rocky sections especially the north shore of Sunfish Pond. We had a great day weather wise. Upper 30's, no wind. Overcast but that made it nice considering it is winter. The description says 9.1 miles but it ended up being slightly over 10 and we did not vary from the trail outlined. Not sure why the descrepency. Overall my favorite NJ hike so far. Be aware of the 5 creek crossings on the way down. Our feet were soaked for the last 2 miles. Got in the car and cranked the heat and all good. Super fun hike.

Still a good hike as of 11-18, but could be improved. The state needs to tear down junky shed-like buildings (including one with a dead pay phone) at the eastern end of the reservoir. The campgrounds here feel abandoned, and the trail route gets murky through this area. Although county and state trails do not officially connect, you must connect them to complete the loop. Though technically illegal, they are easy to connect. Lovely as Round Valley is, it is a good example of an underfunded NJ state park. Signage is dated, appearance a bit shabby.

Stony Brook trail to Blue Mountain. Stay on Blue Mtn. Real nice, pine trees, streams, not difficult. Turn right on Tinsley Trail (yellow) to Swenson (red) and Blue Mtn. and back to Stony Brook (brown). Overall nice, quiet hike, no hills. Took 3 hours.

we took the AT to Sunfish Pond and then took the green trail down to the parking lot. There were five creek crossings on the green path that were tricky with our two dogs. The walk up to Sunfish Pond was easy and our dogs did that without any problems. If there hadn't been so much rain recently, the walk down would've been easier.

Good trail. Lots of side trails gives you some different options. Not much traffic, went on beautiful 60 degree day in early November and had the place to myself.

This was a great hike. Only problem is the Appalachian trail markers were worn off or missing in places so we made some wrong steps before find the AT again.

Some good hills and a lot of rocks. Watch your step! Trail is well marked for white blazers.

We took Appalachian trail to sunfish pond to turquoise and back down the Dunnfield Creek trail. Moderate incline on AT, good views of lake and then had to cross the creek 5 times over fallen trees etc due to cool Fall season temps. Overall fun day hikes - our fit bits put this more over 10 miles and hiked 5.5-6 hours. Very nice hike; pretty quiet on trail and only passing people on occasion.

Beautiful Hike!!!

Other then 3 miles on the road it was decent

definitely the best trail I've been to so far in New Jersey. Last weekend I went with my cousins. it says 8.9 miles but if you do a legit loop without taking the shortcut then it's actually over 11 miles. I wouldn't rate it as moderate though. My body wasn't sore at all the next day but you do have to be somewhat physically fit to do this trail. definitely wear proper hiking shoes. ankle support would be really helpful. if you wear merino wool socks, you'll be even more comfortable. cotton socks have no ventilation. wool protects your ankle and also keeps the moisture out. you will have to cross 5 creeks so make sure you either have waterproof shoes or boots high enough for you to easily cross the creek. the real beauty of this trail you see when the creeks start to come. some parts were extremely muddy. make sure you have enough water and snacks. definitely a must trail. legend has it that the 5 creeks were initially discovered by a native tribal leader, Zeeshan Anjum!

Stony Brook trail to App. trail then back via Tower trail. lots of streams and wide trails along stony brook. Up the mountain was steep and the climb down was treacherous. Overall all moderate to difficult. Good loop.

Great hike, long but not overwhelming allows you to feel empowered after hiking it. Not many views until you get to sunfish pond at the top. It’s literally alongside of Mt. Tammany. There is also a campsite just before arriving at sunfish pond that you can overnight at.

I climbed up from Dunnfield Creek trail and came down from AT. The total time was about 4 hours including a half hour lunch/rest at the pond. Most parts in the Dunnfield Creek trail was not difficult but the last leg had a really step elevation. With the gorgeous scenes, I was surprised to find so few people near the pond. The AT is quite easy.

This was our first time at Delaware Water Gap and parking threw us off a bit! Get there early to avoid waiting for a spot to free up!

My dog and I started in Dunnfield Creek and took the AT white trail up. We cut across on the red trail and down back towards the parking lot via green. It’s not marked clearly and somewhat overgrown near where the green and white trail merge. Just cross the creek, hike up the mini cliff (my dog did it) and stay to the left once on top! Near the end is Holly Springs and Dunnfield Creek waterfall, was beautiful! Lots of people though.

We will definitely be back to hike Sunfish pond!

Started at Swenson(red) and Blue Mountain (blue) to Sunrise Mtn. Then down Appalachian trail to Stony brook trail (brown) which ended the loop. Approx. 10miles. Trails clearly marked, steep rocky incline near Sunrise Mtn. Great views.

I loved this trail! It’s perfect how it ends with sunfish pond before turning around and heading back. I set up camp closer to the MOC since backcountry camping is not permitted in Worthington State Forest but the hike down to the pond and back wasn’t too easy and not too difficult either. The elevations didn’t change too drastically and the views were truly amazing throughout the trail. The employee at the MOC Was extremely helpful and they allow you to park your car in there lot and have you fill out a form so they know to look if you don’t return when you said you would. This helped me feel a bit at ease since I went by myself. Overall a great experience and I will definitely be returning.

The full Round Valley loop is a mixed bag. Except for the long road portion that you can’t get around, in cool weather with turned or fallen leaves it’s one of the state’s ten best hikes. But summer, with ticks, heat, snakes, seasonal trail closures, and a crappy road walk, it’s a long slog to avoid.

I went here solo based on reviews and the GPS coordinates take you to the boat ramp. You must have a fishing or boating license to enter and all the trails are closed at this section May-September? I had to go to the main park and it costs $20 if you are from PA, $10 from NJ! The trail is called something else in the park and is not a total loop. I figured it would feature tons of views of the reservoir, it didn’t. There were two spots very close to the beginning that featured great views. I hiked about half of the total trail so maybe it gets better. It was a nice quiet, shady, trail and after the sweaty hike I got to take a dip in the water at the “beach”. I’m still not sure it was worth $20

I went on this hike yesterday and I highly recommend it. It starts off with a moderate incline but doesn't get too intense as you keep going up. The views of the lake are really nice and there are a ton of blueberry and a few raspberry bushes by the middle of the trail that are currently in season which taste delicious! As a heads up there is a hornets nest close to the trail a little before you get to the lake so be aware of that.

Not bad, easy trail To a nice pond for a pic nic

Solid trail. Didn't love that a decent portion was on road, but I got that out of the way first. Heads up that the last little bit is actually closed, but you can make your way across by going over the boulders by the lake. Nice that it was in the shade for the most part during the summer!

Absolutely beautiful we got married here on the suspension bridge. Easy hike they are re-doing the wooden walkway.
Clean ... keep it that way please ❤️

Nice hike until we arrived on the boardwalk. Some stupid woman came through with a double baby stroller that took the whole width of the boardwalk., and everybody heading in had to turn around and go back just to let her pass. Stupid selfish woman!

Great hike that would fill a morning or afternoon! We hiked it right after a thunderstorm so the bugs were awful, except at the peak because of the breeze. 100% worth it! It can be done with little to no technical gear. Athletic apparel is completely acceptable, just be carful with footing!

Nice hike that hits different sections of Stokes state forest. Starts and ends along Stony Brook with its waterfalls. In the middle it climbs the ridge to the AT and views, and stays on the ridge for a good while before heading down into the valley with its different and large trees. Before it ends it hits the historic site of a silver mine and an old dam (marked as 'dry lake' on the map). Only difficult part is the last section of the Tower trail just before the top were hands are needed to get up the large rocks. Though some sections are rocky or muddy trails, a large part is on old woods roads.

Awesome!! Pretty steep climb up to the B.P. Campsites. Beautiful views of PA from there. We stayed overnight one night there then hiked to sunfish pond and down the Dunnsfield Trail back to our trucks. A lot more snow up there than we originally planned and with windchill the temp dropped below 20 degrees. Dunnsfield trail was much more fun and much nicer scenery with the waterfalls. There’s 5 creek crossings on the way back that were sometimes very slippery so wear some good waterproof hiking boots!! Overall,we loved it and would definitely do it again!!!

I started with the Mount Tammany loop and combined they made for an 11 mile (+/-) hike. I chose to follow the Dunnfield Creek path on the way to Sunfish. Didn’t see a single person. This trail was definitely more adventurous with numerous stream crossings, some washed-out sections of trail, and large spots of ice. After Sunfish Pond I stayed on the AT and passed dozens of people gojng the other direction. The AT was a far easier walk back to the car. Looking forward to doing this again in he spring.

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