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This is a great trail, with some awesome views from the top of Tammany and of Sunfish Pond. If hiking after any rain, however, do NOT take the green Dunfield Creek trail after the Pond. That trail requires you to cross a large river 5 or so times, and when we hiked this trail the day after a decent rain the water was high enough to be well over the rocks they want you to use to cross the river. We ended up making our own trail and having to cross multiple times on unsteady fallen trees. Continue on the Appalachian Trail after the Pond instead back to the parking lot to avoid this; if only we had known.

Turquoise trail seemed to be a bit overgrown, even for the wintertime. Beware if hiking in the summer.

Also, it may not be entirely accurate but according to my phone this trail turned out to be 13 miles instead of the advertised 10.5.

hiking
1 day ago

Just a walk on an asphalt sidewalk.

2 days ago

Considering I live literally two minutes away I take my dogs here a lot. Have been coming here since I was born!

1.13.19. This is a really great hike, tracking the Rahway River for the first part and then looping back via the fabulous Lenape trail (yellow blazes). This part of the Lenape gets you to what seems like the top of the ridge and the walking here is wonderful — some ruins, racing brooks and a more open feel. There is no major effort required to walk this, but when it's over, you'll have travelled a fair distance and climbed a decent amount. Of the 5 trails you'll be on, River and Lenape are the longest (and prettiest). My stats (per All Trails app) as a guide:

Distance: 4.6 miles
Elevation gain: 666 feet
Moving time: 1:50:47.

3 days ago

Spectacular views. Great hike!

A real gem in southern New Jersey!

Njhiking.com and AllTrails give the distance for this hike at 6.2, but it is actually a bit longer. Between 6.6 and 7.5 miles depending on if you do any little side trips to the ruins. That being said, it is quite beautiful, with some really cool stone ruins and varied terrain. Thankfully it was cold and the ground was frozen while we were there, as much of the trail seems like it would be quite muddy in warmer weather.

Trail is open again. There is a large section of it that is pretty messed up from the loggers rolling through. There are two trails that run next to each other and connect here and there. the higher up one they made into the logging road and is pretty muddy but the lower one next to the river is alright with some down trees only.

Cold day, I’m freezing! But worth it!!

1.11.19. Fine, short hike with some great views and features. Starting from the (very large) parking lot, I went counter clockwise via the following combination: Falling Waters (blue blazes), Patriots Path (white/blue), Bee Line (yellow) and Grand Loop (yellow). Probably easier than its moderate designation suggests — except for the first part of the blue trail that tracks Electric Brook flowing from Lake George. Exhilarating views of the rushing waters here but while the trail is well marked, the path itself can sometimes be hard to discern and there are parts which are very rocky. Other than that, a straight forward hike: I climbed a total of 679 feet over about 3 miles, and it took me an hour and a quarter.

hiking
7 days ago

Small trail with a large vista. Gravel roadway/path takes you to the top. Several side trails for extra hiking.

Was snowing lightly with a stiff breeze making for a very cold hike at points, but it was a very nice challenge for a winter day.
As stated by others the climb up Garvey Springs is quite steep and challenging, but once you get to Sunfish Pond things level out a bit. We took the Turquoise trail to the fire road to avoid the rocks on the AT around the pond as we did not know if they would be icy. At the southern end of the pond we found that the pond level had risen and the bench was in the water; it is possible that the AT was also in the water as it is close at points.
After taking the Douglas trail down, we added about 3/4 of a mile by taking the Rock Core trail back to Garvey Springs to get back to the parking lot. It was a nice trail but the creek crossing was a little tricky with all the water.

The views at the end make this easy trail a 5. Great place for a picnic.

I had little bit of time during my business trip, and I’m glad I got my early morning exercise and relaxation done . Nice view where red and blue dot meets.

When you get to the top of the clearing of the first ascent the trail marker to the right was obscured by a lot of brush, but after a descent amount of time eventually found the trail markers and continued our hike. Overall I recommend this trail!!!

This place is a gem!!
Has a little bit of everything,will really get the blood flowing as you ascend.I did the 3 mile loop CCW from Dennis RD trail head!!
This is my new favorite spot being it's only 7 miles from home.

Great hike! Will deter you in the very beginning but if you can get past the first mile or so, the views are wonderful! Doesn’t even feel like New Jersey!

Great day hike. A handful of scrambles but nothing daunting. Terrific views from the summit of southern and western NJ and Penn. Best to arrive early, especially on the weekend. Parking at the trail head proved to be the biggest challenge.

Overall a relatively easy and enjoyable trail - a nice mix of walking through forest and walking around the lake. As other reviewers said, trails are NOT well marked and we took the wrong path a few times. I would rate this as an easy hike -- maybe "moderate" due to the confusing trail markers - but good trail to bring along young kids, beginner hikers, etc.

Perfect for full hiking

Very nice trail that we will definitely do again. We hiked the Blue trail which was clearly marked and very easy to follow. A large part of the trail hugs the water line and there are only a few low lying areas that had a bit of water after a day of rain less that 24 hours before we were there.

The only caution ... if you use the AllTrails app to send the location to Google Maps, it will send you to a starting point that is down a "not very car friendly" road that is too far past the trail head. I would suggest parking just outside the entrance at the State Park sign.

Beautiful lake views most of the way. Plenty of areas with large smooth rocks to hang out on.

Great hike!! Beautiful day but the trail is very muddy.

This is me and my son’s favorite local spot. It’s marked well and there are nice surprises on each trail. It’s an easy hike that does offer a slight challenge. Definitely recommend!

hiking
12 days ago

1.4.19. Really splendid hike for a winter’s day as the lack of foliage opens up the views. I went counter-clockwise, starting where the Grand Loop trail (white blazes) crosses Jockey Hollow Road and included the Mt Kemble trail (blue blazes) towards the end. Grand Loop/Mt Kemble is appropriately designated as moderate as the climbs are spread out over a decent distance. I gained 922 ft over 6.7 miles so it felt distinctly comfortable. The section of Grand Loop between the two crossings of Tempe Wick Road was quite muddy. Take care crossing that road as cars barrel along at quite a speed. Great views from the top of Mount Kemble looking east.

hiking
13 days ago

1.4.19. Really splendid hike for a winter’s day as the lack of foliage opens up the views and one does generally feel away from it all in the Morristown National Historical Park. I went counter-clockwise, starting where Grand Loop trail (white blazes) crosses Jockey Hollow Road and did a variant on this hike by adding in the Mt Kemble trail (blue blazes) towards the end. Grand Loop is appropriately designated as moderate as the climbs are spread out over a decent distance. I gained 922 ft over 6.7 miles so it felt distinctly comfortable. The section of Grand Loop between the two crossings of Tempe Wick Road was quite muddy. Take care crossing that road as cars barrel along at quite a speed. Great views from the top of Mount Kemble looking east. Took about two and a quarter hours in total.

nature trips
13 days ago

BIG TIP, go during sunset! You can definitely get it done in 1 hour so start about 30 minutes before the start of sunset. It is really beautiful to just stroll through. It really does't even feel like you're in the Deptford area! Wouldn't really consider this a hike, but if you need fresh air and the outdoors, this is a wonderful place to go.

One of my favorite hiking areas. Today we did our yearly Sunrise hike - started at 5:45 am up the Blue dot trail using headlamps. Walking alongside Dunfield creek we could hear the water rushing down the ravine. Shining a light on the water showed nothing but glowing white water below us. The trail was wet and we entered a fog before the top - our gear was soaked - and ice was dropping from the trees. We hit the top around 7 and had breakfast hoping the clouds would break - no such luck. Around 7:40 we headed down the Red trail. It was still cloudy, but it was bright enough to get to the bottom without headlamps. Back to the cars around 9:00 and headed home.

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