Explore the most popular walking trails near Blairstown with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

The pond is very nice, there is a very large camping area with nice views, lots of fire rings in the camping section though fires are not allowed according to signage, i recommend you stick to the AT around the pond (white blazed) instead of taking the bypass trail so you dont miss the rock art, only down side is it seems to get very busy during the weekend, oh and make sure you stop at Llama ice cream after your hike, youll thank me later!

Nice views around the lake, otherwise mediocre views. Challenging steep uphill section to begin with for fit persons. Hiked feb 18. Took 3hr20 without stops. iPhone measured at 7 miles (?) would give 3.5 if could.

I love this trail during the week. I start in Marksboro and walk to Blairstown and back I've seen Eagles on the river. It's quite lovely.

hiking
5 months ago

The trail is not easy to find off if Shades of Death. I ended up pulling into a smaller parking area where there is an outhouse. Walking down a road and then making a right walking over and Earth bridge to the trail. It's an out and back trail. Not very exciting. I do like that you can continue on to the Summit Trail, to rest and enjoy the view.

hiking
7 months ago

The area is beautiful, but when entering from the entrance off Shades of Death road the trail gets swallowed up in the forest. As soon as you get past the Fairy Cave the trail isn't maintained very well and it is easy to get confused as to where the trail continues.

Trail should be rated as moderate. Throughout most of the Hike you can hear Rte 80 roaring by, definitely takes away from the experience. The lake itself is gross and swampy looking, I didn't feel that it was worth the long decline to get there and then the climb back out. The woods are pretty and there were some neat rock formations. But the loud traffic sounds really took away from the whole experience. I would not do it again or recommend it to others, there are too many other great trails in the area.

Parked at started at coppermine trailhead, coppermine trail is nice trail- not rocky. Connected to the AT and walked to catfish firetower had lunch, and turned back the same way. Great views on the ridge on the AT and a waterfall on the coppermine trail.

Great trail! Plenty of opportunities for water refills and camping if doing an overnight. Wonderful views once you reach the AT ridge line. Must pay close attention to signs and your path because it's easy to go in the wrong direction or miss a turn. Watch out for snakes sun-bathing (they are more afraid of you than you are of them). Make sure to hang food if doing an overnight. Very peaceful. Somewhat highly trafficked but never an issue, just frequently encountered other people. Even saw trail magic right before Catfish Pond, offering drinks and hot dogs.

I do 4-12 miles 3-4x a week w 30lb. daypack and burn up to 2200 calories. Not challenging, but great for jog, run, hike.

Hikers, Please be on the lookout for 2 runaway dogs - they hopefully are still traveling together but that may not be the case any longer. They left my home near the Mohican Outdoor Center on Friday 7/7 2017 and I have not seen them since. They are friendly nothing to fear but we want them home desperately. Please call/text with any info any time - 862-579-5671 - Laurie

Saw two black bears today. One a mileish in on the coppermine trail, the second no further than a 10th of a mile from the Fire Tower. Please be alert.

The hike itself was solid overall. Some nice cascades on the coppermine trail. The rattlesnake trail was overall pretty meh outside of some nice flowers here and there.

The real highlight is the fire tower and traversing the ridge on the AT. Great views.

A nice walk along the river. I personally would've liked something a little more challenging, but was nice at the time.

hiking
11 months ago

Beautiful view, can't wait to return and do it again. Wishing it was a little longer.

Beautiful not too hard but Rocky

Sunday, April 30, 2017

Summit Trail rocks! Love the view!

hiking
Sunday, April 16, 2017

Nice beginners hike in the DWG area. You can get to the pond in about 1 to 1.5 hours (slow pace with plenty of breaks) via the green to orange to white blazed trails if you are looking for a little shorter out and back. A small parking area leaves a short walk along the road to the trailhead. Ticks were bad in the very beginning, so plan solid tick prevention. We didn't see any more after the first break. My kids definitely liked the pond and playing on the rocks. It is a little rocky up top, but no more than normal for the area. Plenty of wildlife... Looking forward to returning when the ferns are in full growth!

The firetower is one of my favorite views in New Jersey. Lots of uphill and large rocks. I'd consider it an intermediate trail.

hiking
Friday, January 06, 2017

Overall great place for a hike. Off-season serenity. See photos.

This is not a "hiking trail" as much as it is a nice stroll through the woods, and along the road. Nice enough though if you'd like an easy walk.

Nice loop, running the ridge is great with some nice vistas and the firetower is a great view!

hiking
Friday, November 04, 2016

Rocky spots took some careful stepping but a beautiful view of Shawnee Inn at the top. Nice workout with great views.

Very rocky

A lot of these trails are advanced. Very rocky.
Absolutely beautiful well worth it!

hiking
Friday, October 07, 2016

nice running trail. great views and even a rock wall that towers 30 feet high - the old ice factory. also lovely ferns and wild mushroom s everywhere.

hiking
Sunday, September 25, 2016

Great hike! VERY rocky around the pond and VERY steep coming down the orange trail. It was a beautiful day and a beautiful hike. Would definitely do it again.

hiking
Tuesday, September 13, 2016

Started on the Appalachian Trail up to the pond, and took the Dunnfield Creek trail back towards the car. Definitely well worth the hike once you reach the pond. The views from the top of the mountain were good for what it was (I mean, it's New Jersey). Both trails were a good workout, and we went in the middle of the week, so no one was there!

hiking
Friday, July 22, 2016

Definitely challenging but so rewarding. I suggest lots of tick protection, as you are hiking through some weeds and ferns through parts, but be on ALERT. It's rattlesnake and copperhead territory. Stay hydrated :]

mountain biking
Saturday, June 04, 2016

Excellent

Great trail. Saw 1 black bear and several deer.

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