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

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

Well marked trail through the woods. Peaceful but nothing special.

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2 months ago

Quick easy hike, I did the loop clockwise to save the waterfall for last. Waterfall was nice, nothing much else to see on this trail though. The 10 dollar entrance fee is way too steep in my opinion so I wont be heading back.

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!

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7 months ago

Definitely a fun hike. The park has it as a moderate hike due to the multiple trails you take to make up the loop. But really great walk and saw some cool spot.

I am 10 years old and I loved the trail. The view at the top and the Fire Tower is worth the hike. The loop is challenging but it's really fun! My sister is 9 and she did it too.

Did this with my wife one day and my ten year old daughter the next. My daughter and I rounded a curve and stumbled across a large black bear about thirty feet from where we stood. I yelled at it and it took off like a bullet making a ton of racket. Highlight of my east coast hikes.

Fun, beautiful view, not too easy and not too hard.

Thursday, May 11, 2017

great trail

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Saturday, April 08, 2017

The tail is a little wet but doable

Nice hike with my son for his eight birthday. We parked at Culver's Gap lot and walked along Sunrise Mountain Road to Coursen Trail (blue). Took Stony Brook Trail (brown) to the AT (white) and back down to the parking.

I recorded this loop to be a little more than 6.25 miles. Some very rocky and wet areas to maneuver around. A few small waterfalls. Great views along the AT.

Monday, January 16, 2017

I parked at the Kittle Field lot because the road to Stony Lake was closed. A little over one mile of this hike was on paved roads.

At the lake I took Swenson Trail (red) to Tinsley Trail (yellow). The yellow trail ends at Skellenger Road. Then the Brown/Green trail to Silver Mine Trail (orange). The Brown trail to Kittle Road completed this loop.

Beautiful lake views, waterfalls, trout stocked streams, and plenty of picnic and camping areas make this a worthwhile hike. Some areas are very rocky and wet but overall mostly flat with no significantly steep sections. It took me about 3 hours with rests.

Friday, December 16, 2016

I parked in the Culver's Gap lot to start this loop because I didn't want to walk across Route 206. Went up the AT for a few miles to the Brown/Red Trail. Then took the Red Trail all the way to Stony Lake. The rest of the loop is mostly on paved roads and a portion of Route 206 which is a very busy road. I avoided a section of 206 by taking part of Lackner Trail and an unmarked path past a small pond. I would likely avoid the paved portion if I took this loop again and instead take the Blue Trail near Stony Lake back to Sunrise Mountain Road and the parking area.
Some nice views along the AT. This hike will take around 6 hours depending on how long you rest.

Monday, November 21, 2016

Fun hike. Easy for small children.

Monday, November 21, 2016

Cool tower and really nice views. Not much human activity on these trails which is nice. Some wildlife including bear, fox, and birds of prey. Small beaver pond off the trail. Lots of trail crossings. I took white to green to blue for this loop. Shouldnt take more than 3 hours unless you stop for a long time.

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Wednesday, September 07, 2016

This is a winner because of the payoff of the fire tower at the end. I don't know if you are technically allowed to go up but it's irresistible for the views of the lakes! Very rocky trail like most in NJ.

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Tuesday, May 31, 2016

The hike is moderately easy and moderately interesting. The falls were nice, but in an area with as many as the Delaware Water Gap they're not impressive. I get excited when a trail includes an historical feature, but the silver mine is nothing more than a small gap in the rocks filled with stagnant water. At least there were some toads.

Did the loop as an out and back (Culvers gap parking lot to tower, and back the same way) with some friends from work & two dogs. The trail was well marked and easy to follow, there were some nice views to be had if you ventured off the main trail onto a few short side paths. I want to go back again on a better day - the sky was very overcast today so the views weren't as great as I know they can be.

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Wednesday, March 02, 2016

Great hike for beginners through a forest. Make sure to stop by the river and the old silver mine.

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Saturday, November 07, 2015

Beautiful Fall hike! Trails are well marked . Waterfalls and fall folliage we're gorgeous!

I love this trail because it's very local to me and it is a part of the AT. I've done this a bunch of times but never used this app.

Started at the small parking lot on the border of Hampton Township @ W. Owassa Turnpike (right near 521). Crosses 206 and continues up to Sunrise Mt. Pavilion.

Really great views of Kittatinny lake and Gyps haha. Great spot to start to hike up to Sunrise Mountain. Not too much incline but a pretty good workout for the distance. I accidentally paused the recording of this hike.

**Be wary of snakes sunning themselves on some of the rocks here. I've seen rattle snakes here on two separate occasions.**

One of my favorite trails in the region. Nice gain, mildly technical, and it hooks up with the AT so you catch a lot of thru and section hikers. If the rangers are away, the tower's in play if you're looking for a better view ;)

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Thursday, October 13, 2011

A nice trail that shows off all the best parts of Stokes. Some nice waterfalls and plenty of gorgeous scenery to take in. Not a hard hike at all.

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