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

Great trail. I’ve done it three times since March has started. If you want more of a challenge take the trail counter clockwise starting with the blue dot trail and taking the red dot down. Much steeper inclines going up so it’s a nicer workout plus you get to see all the falls first and the hike down is much quicker after you summit

Started at the alpine boat basin to make it an 8-9 mile trip. Views on top of the palisades were nice. Lots of litter though. Heavily trafficked areas. Took 6 hours for the extended loop. Navigating the rocky parts was slow. Really muddy and slushy on the long path at the top. Good workout.

Great morning hike for February!
My friend and I really enjoyed everything this trail offer, the “stairs” the waterfall , the workout! In 3 hours and of course the views.

Went in the summer. Great rock scrambling and views of the Hudson

Favorite NJ hike. Red dot has some rock scrambling towards the top and blue dot is very rocky to descend. Would recommend hiking boots not sneakers. Really fun hike

Rocky, steep in sections, but the view is worth the climb!

very wet this time of year be prepared to walk in 4-6 inches of water for a few miles . Feb 26. views do not disappoint. beautiful little series of falls at the bottom.

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.

nice easy hike, great views, rock scramble along Hudson is fun.

Great hike

Great trail for night hiking. Easy to keep track of your path. Very close to highway I-80 so you don’t have to worry about getting lost.

First one of my "big" hikes, back in August. Great loop but rocky way down, amazing views, fun swimming hole. Still of of my favorite hikes

Went on a warm day in January ! It was BEAUTIFUL , some patches of ice . Red dot up and blue dot down . Absolutely breathtaking !!!

Great view at Hemlock Lake. But signs are not clear since then. We followed the false trail when we wanted to leave the lake and came back to the falls.

Gorgeous hike with plenty of Hudson River views and lookouts. Varying terrain from trails to a mile of rock scrambling, and an unexpected waterfall at the northernmost portion of the loop. High chance of wind chill in the winter due to being right on the River for a large portion of the hike, however that is made worth it with some views of the cliffs that would be invisible when the trees are not bare.

It’s my favorite hike the area. It’s short, great view at the top, and waterfalls on the Dunnfield creek at the bottom. But y’all. Stop leaving trash. Orange peels, apple cores and banana peels are all still trash. Would those items be there if we weren’t? Anything you bring into the woods should come back out.

Challenging but overall a short hike. I combined this with the Sunfish Pond loop and it 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.

1 month ago

Very nice hike. Well marked and well maintained.

1 month ago

I went on a very similar trail, the red trail. It was very muddy and slippery. There was also many stairs. But overall it was very scenic and amazing.

Gorgeous views and a great moderate hike.

First thing I’ll say is red dot to blue dot blazes is the way to make this hike. Experienced hikers with proper footwear could go up red dot and back down red dot, but much more rewarding to take blue down. Easier on the knees and a different style hike. I made the hike in icy and snowy conditions so would recommend the trail any time of year. A little less than 2 hours if you’re moving, but take your time as you will have multiple views of the gap along your way. Red dot trail is to your right as soon as you enter the parking area. If you find yourself crossing a bridge and seeing white blazes immediately, you are heading toward the blue dot trail (this is the way you will exit the woods back to the parking lot).

Great trail for unusual wildlife sighting.

As previously said, not a challenging trail, but it was a great day hike!
Due to the crazy weather, it may have been 12 degrees out but a large portion of the trail was under water.

Views (and silence) made up for it!

A short yet somewhat difficult hike. This hike has the challenge of steep uphill portions with the reward of a beautiful outlook at the peak. The way down is very pleasant as you see new scenery which includes a winding path through the trees and running water. There is even a small pond that you can cliff-jump in to. The first time I hiked this trail I even saw a young bear! (Check it out in the gallery). This hike was a great experience all around. Those planning to come here should allow themselves ample time to take breaks and appreciate their surroundings.

nice scenery on the red trail. overall nice hike

Amazing hike, not easy but I did it with my toddler on my back so maybe alone is a little easier!!!! love the view!!!

Very difficult but challenging and fun. The white trail is pretty hard, lots of maneuvering but fun. Took us about 2.5hrs in the snow. We were soaked with sweat, great workout. I wouldn’t recommend doing this hike in the snow but, we did survive, with no casualties. Lol...

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