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

Great afternoon run! if going around sunset make sure to bring headlamp! definitely essential since it gets dark very quickly! terrain was icy and was wearing my trail shoes and it was doable. great weather!!

Great hike this morning with my two dogs. Started out by the reservoir, walked across the dam to the yellow trail on the left and worked out way down to the overlook at wildcat ridge. We then took the white trail back.

Took about 2.5 hours to hike about 5.5 miles. Did not see anyone else the entire time.

10 days ago

Great loop with nice variety and some beautiful views of the reservoir.

Great trail, well marked and decent difficulty. A few places were still iced over so when that melts it will be incredibly muddy but it wasn’t too bad today. We did a full 8 mile loop though I stopped recording in the middle. Highly recommend!

26 days ago

Nice trail, well kept and well marked in some places. The red trail is closed but theres a new one that isn’t as well marked to replace it.

1 month ago

January 1st 5 mile hike through Cathedral pines to Hog Pen--wet and muddy, but beautiful!

2 months ago

Great to be back! I hiked this area in the 60's and 70's with the Boy Scouts leaving from Winnebago Scout Reservation. The trails were not blazed back then, but were passed down from boy to boy over the years. The blazed trails take a slightly different route then I remember giving a great hike with several climbs and views (particularly from Indian Cliffs). This route passes 4 bodies of water and presents a nice day in the woods

This was a tough hike from start to finish. The white blazers are very hard to find so you've really got to pay attention. Plan to hike this loop early. If not you'll run into early darkness. Make sure your boots are water proof. Lots of mud on this trail. The Hawkswatch is amazing and the Split Rock Reservoir is amazing. Pay attention on this trail. Trust me.

It's probably a nice hike...but AVOID if it recently rained. Drove out here to do the trail and after several go-arounds to get past flooded area, I finally couldn't find a way around one 30 min in. Had to turn back, disappointed. The routes around the flooded areas wouldn't be too bad except there appears to be poison ivy.

Great hike! Diverse trails and lovely reservoir views. Plenty of up and down but never too strenuous. Mushrooms and frogs galore! Keep an eye on those blazes, they can be hard to spot. The blue trail in particular was more overgrown and less clear, but fun nevertheless.

The trail was difficult to follow. There wasn’t much scenery. Constantly checking to see if you are still on the trail. Make sure you have a map handy or you will get lost.

If you plan to finish the loop, I'd definitely call it a "hard" level. I feel it hard for three reasons: 1 the white trail is very poorly marked. For several times I had to open the app to find my way back to the trail. 2 the white trail has a lot of ups and downs on very rocky surface. 3 the trail is not very popular so the trail path has not been well formed. Once you hit the blue trail, it became relatively easy.

I have done this trail twice - once in the spring before the leaves are out, and once in the summer with heavy undergrowth and leaf cover. This is a very nice trail with lots to see in an area with a lot of history.
The south end is an old mining area, where there are old foundations, mine shafts and an old cemetery. The north end is beautiful woods with lots of ups and downs, and a view of NYC from Hawk Watch where in the fall you can see migrating birds.
The top of the trail ends at Splitrock Reservoir with some beautiful lake shore views. Sometimes you will see kayakers on the water.
Trails is not too difficult, but take a map and watch out for all the unmarked intersections.

7 months ago

Great walk in the woods. A few steep inclines but not long. Trails are well marked. We didn’t see one single person on the entire loop!

Started in the Splitrock Road Boat Launch parking lot. Walked Across the Dam to the find the yellow trail on the left. Crossed onto the White Trail after that. Took about an hour to reach the hawk watch. A nice shorter alternative hike to reach the hawk watch. Pretty well maintained and marked trail.

Beautiful place

Walked it today with my dog. We were all alone. Had to walk thru about 10 inches of fresh snow and many down limbs and trees. Because of the conditions it took me about an hour longer than usual.

Monday, February 19, 2018

Great time to hike. Temp 52F. Footing fair to good.

Saturday, February 17, 2018

I have hiked this trail 3 times over the past month. Great hike with my two water loving labradors.

Thursday, November 16, 2017

Trail itself is alright enough. Nothing special only one really good view. The issue is getting there. Directions lead you to a small parking spot on the other side of a lake. You then have to hike around the lake for about a mile before even reaching the "start" of the hike. So no this is not a 5.4 mile hike. Expect to do an extra mile and a half to 2 miles round trip. The distance would be more justified if there was more to look at but unfortunately this trail just doesn't supply the sights.

Sunday, November 12, 2017

No parking. Only 2 cars. Couldn’t do the trail.

Saturday, November 04, 2017

I've been coming to these trails after work for the past few years. There are many side trails, and it has been a pleasure exploring them all. There are many dilapidated stone buildings and walls hidden in the brush that make you think back to when the mining works were in full swing. You can link these trails to create a different hike every time you come. Great training for my 2017 AT thru hike.

Friday, October 27, 2017

I parked at the Split Rock boat launch, walked across the dam to find the yellow trail on the left (immediately after crossing the dam), and followed it for approximately 2.75 miles until I hit a narrow gravel road. The yellow trail is very well marked, but it can get a little tricky when it overlaps Upper Hibernia Rd and a few small parking lots. Keep a sharp eye out and you should be fine. Swung a left onto the narrow gravel road to take a more direct route to the lookout. I believe it's a maintenance road to access some kind of electrical or cell phone tower. In all, it was 3 miles from where I parked, while a very relaxed and gradual elevation increase. The lookout was awesome! I then took the white trail back-- definitely more of a workout (frequent ups and downs in elevation). Eventually it links back up with the yellow trail and takes you back to Splitrock Reservoir! I also branched off at one point off the White trail to check out Beaver Pond (red trail). All in all, it was a 6 mile hike and was very fun!

Sunday, October 01, 2017

I had my two year old so only did 3 miles.
It was pretty though.

Sunday, October 01, 2017

The hike was wonderful! We lost the suggested trail 6 times. Trail markers started as yellow then orange, then blue then none at all, then white and finally yellow. Very easy to miss a turn. If we did not have a phone with a gps we would still be out there. The hike is worth it, just be prepared.

Friday, September 01, 2017

I went with my 2 dogs and 2 teenage sons. Started at lower hibernia road, bat caves and cemetery were cool. The lookout was awesome, but wish there was a loop. There are SOOOO many extra trails here, need to pay attention.

Sunday, August 06, 2017

GPS: I went to Lower Hibernia road instead. Right when you turn on to the road the trail head is immediately to your left.

Took the white trail around, and partial parts of the Yellow to make it a full loop. Good hike, decent elevation change. Can be made a 20+ mile loop when you connect it to split rock trails around the lake.

Friday, July 21, 2017

Very challenging but me and my brother did it in about 5 and a half hours. There were at least five times where we lost the blazes and walked a hundred yards or so down side trails by accident. As long as you pay close attention to the blazes its a great hike.

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