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

Full Moon Hike with REI on the yellow/white/blue trail to Tripod Rock in downpour rain. As a beginner hiker there were moments of intensity but overall excellent terrain and vista. Would love to do it again if only to see the moon without an overcast sky and rain. :)

trail running
19 days ago

went to this place to trail run. the terrain is a bit tough for trail running, I couldn't get any momentum built up because of all the rocks, tree roots, and rock scrambling. definitely not for trail running if you want to run fast, but definitely a decent hike if you're in the area. wouldn't go out of my way for it though, the views are lame and there wasn't that much to see. the balancing rock was pretty cool to see

Well marked. Very nice trail.

Followed the blue trail up to the overlook and back down and it was about 2 miles! Short and sweet view for a hike w not a lot of time!

Very nice trails. Wide and well marked. We hiked a variation of the loop; after passing Tripod Rock, instead of going around toward Whale Rock we went down along the reservoir on the orange trail. This loop was four miles. We hiked on Memorial Day Weekend and there were plenty of maps at the trail head. There were a lot of people on the trails but it did not feel crowded. The map is also downloadable. We will definately go again and do different loops.

hiking
2 months ago

It was pretty good

Very enjoyable!

I was pleasantly surprised with this trail ! It’s very large with all different levels of hiking trails . You’ll find rare birds , streams , huge rocks ! I mean huge ! It’s a very lovely place to visit ! As you walk down the trails every so often you’ll find rocks people stack as they go by and it’s overall very peaceful .

hiking
3 months ago

Really nice hike

The view at the top of this is OK. Got a little lost coming down. Pay attention to the trail blazers, easy to get off course.

5 months ago

Great workout, varied terrain

Watch our for the blue trail, I ended up on a road and decided to walk back because I was confused. Otherwise great glute workout on the way up!

A bit crowded at times. Pleasent enough. I liked the rock scrambles. There really were no views even in the winter. It was a nice work out.

Lots of slipping in med, but even more stopping to search for blazes. Only Lucy's lookout had a sign, but we didn't notice a lookout. The view of Manhattan is under haze even on a clear day (think looking for LA from afar). Twice on this "mountain" and the adjacent one we found blazes for other trails that didn't match up with the map. It gets confusing. Bring poles if it's rained or snowed!

Nice mountain. 4.6 mile loop

The type of trail that offers a little bit of everything when you need to get out!

hiking
8 months ago

The description sums it up very well. Nice short hike on well maintained trails. Good for all skill levels. Moderate to heavy visitors.

hiking
8 months ago

From the parking area, I took the yellow to orange along the reservoir. Then turned back on the white, and looped around on the red stripe to blue. From bear rock I took the white back towards the parking area.

Yellow/orange was incredibly well marked almost to the point where it was a bit obnoxious. Everything after that, you had to pay some attention. Yellow/orange was a really nice stroll along the water then up some rocks to cliffs overlooking the water. Red stripe seemed a little less traveled - was a fun little stretch. Blue was steep at times- and very rocky.

Maybe not the most exciting hike or the most rewarding views, but at the end of the day was a very enjoyable hike with varied terrain.

Great area with lots of space and options. Even on busier days you won't have to worry about crowding (on the trails), however, parking can get a little tight but there is plenty of additional side of the road spaces available. Also- make sure to check out the visitor center, especially if you have kids!

hiking
9 months ago

Large parking lot although this is a heavily visited area so come early to beat the crowds.

I followed this loop from blue to yellow to orange to white and back to blue. Some nice lake views and somewhat disappointing vista on the orange trail. Tripod rock is along the white trail.

Overall well blazed and clean although I did pick up a few pieces of litter. Because of the amount of visitors this park gets some sections of the trail are getting eroded.

Good for most skill levels. Not much elevation gain on this loop. Lots of rocks and exposed tree roots to watch out for. Some of the steep rocky sections may be difficult to navigate.

The trail and the sites and pictures obtained were absolutely breathtaking, but the way this trail is marked is unbelievably confusing. We went on the blue trail and ended up getting lost. We actually had to walk on the main roads for 3.9 miles just so we could get back to our car. Not sure if we would come back to this trail.

Very nice trail, especially in autumn.

Fantastic hike. Great views with some tough terrain in spots.

hiking
11 months ago

Fairly easy loop just shy of 5 miles. I started at the parking lot on the Blue trail then White. There were some very rocky sections. I took Red up a steep incline that led back to White then Blue again back to parking. If I were to return I would go the opposite way and take the Red trail downhill.

This is a heavily visited area especially around Tripod Rock. I saw no less than 30 people on a Thursday afternoon and an equal amount of cars in the lot. Several large boulders and other geographic features make this worthwhile. The "scenic overlooks" were disappointing.

Overall well maintained, well marked, and clean trails. I saw lots of families and several dogs on leash. Will return to explore other trails.

Great views.

Tuesday, July 25, 2017

This mountain is my go to hike. It's familiar, has enough small challenges and the sites and mystique are always a draw. From the view of New York on a clear day to the Tripod rock sitting in the old "temple" down to the breath taking size of the bear rock the place is cool. You can also follow the orange trail around to the lake. If you want to make a day of it cross the road to Turkey mountain. If you live in the area and haven't been here you are missing an incredible and beautiful spot.

hiking
Sunday, July 23, 2017

Great trail for kids and a dog. We went on a Sunday morning and didn't pass anyone, so it was quiet. Slight incline, but nothing the kids couldn't handle.

Bonus: The parking lot had plenty of spaces open and it's easy to find.

hiking
Wednesday, July 05, 2017

Started on the blue trail and came back via white trail. Blue trail is for beginners and gets a bit indepth while you head to white trail.

hiking
Tuesday, May 30, 2017

Beautiful hike in late May with kids. It was a little crowded for our taste but it was Memorial Day. The trail is well kept and people were very friendly. Go see the visitors center, they were very helpful in planning out our hike.

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