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

hiking
24 days ago

i am amazed - this trail is now clean. re-did last Sunday with a group. i didnt see the large distracting sign at P7. No mosquitoes mid October. I really appreciate the hard work put in trail maintenance crew.

mountain biking
1 month ago

started out on the trail that runs alongside the paved road. this was a good warmup for what was to come... lots of rocky, technical, single track, switchback trail full of sinuous roots and wet, slippery places. the first little section pops out onto a paved road that access what most have been a large parking lot? using the GPS I found the trail again and proceeded. while the trail is marked, thank goodness!, it's a maze that has you turned around and feeling lost at times. not to mention there are other trails that cross this trail and looked a lot easier to navigate, yet I kept following my GPS and the markers. there were some sections where it seemed to flow, but there were more that either required slower calculated riding or one foot off or even walking the bike. and then there was simply getting lost, the trail seemingly gone, check phone GPS and make sure I was headed in the right direction. it was a unique place, kinda eerie with the random fencing and animal cages. it was definitely a workout and a challenge!
Found this link https://www.njherald.com/20170124/bike-trails-built-where-wild-animals-once-roamed-jungle-of-west-milford#//

Filthy. Poorly marked. sudden appearance of NJ Circle tags on trees where blazes ought to be. White trail is part of loop? I still do not know. Also, on Clinton Road/ Parking Lot 7 there is a large sign for unauthorized parking. That sign only applies to overnight parking. The sign distracted me. Mosquitoes galore today. Glad to make it off that trail.

Views arent anything great and neither are the falls. Multiple trails that are shown on the maps dont exist or are extremely over grown (for example dont try to take the yellow trail loop around the pond, its overgrown from head to toe and is scarcely blazed) only good thing is this trail is pretty quiet, even for a perfect summer Saturday I had the trails all to myself

hiking
4 months ago

Very nice hike with rocky parts. Amazing view on the Greenwood lake, also lakes on the way make the trail more interesting.
Can be challenging when it's 94F ;). The hike itself is beautiful.This trail was a
little bit too crowded for me.The parking is tiny, so it's better go there early in the morning.

hiking
5 months ago

A really nice hike. Rhododendron forest. Some rock scrambles. Some nice views. Took about 2 hours.

hiking
8 months ago

Just did this hike yesterday and there was a lot of snow on the trail. It was a fun hike with several rock scrambles and stream crossings. I can't wait to come back again when the flowers are blooming.

Walked the trail this morning with my wife and two labradors. Both dogs loved all the water along the trail. And we had the woods pretty much to ourselves.

hiking
9 months ago

Gorgeous trail. Walking through the rhododendrons was surreal and the lake views were beautiful. Definitely a hard trail in some places with quite a few rock scrambles, so be prepared to do some light climbing

hiking
9 months ago

Great trail - peaceful, excellent overlooks, and enough scrambles and climbs to get a good workout. This trail unexpectedly turned out to be one of my favorites.

More markers needed.

hiking
Monday, October 30, 2017

Great hike - did the 4.1 loop. Not nearly as hard as breakneck but still has it's tough spots. Views are incredible and love the lake as well. Definitely dog friendly.

Nice moderate hike

hiking
Tuesday, October 24, 2017

NOT for beginners. It took about 5 hrs, and using a hiker's GPS, the actual distance is 5.1 miles. It is quite hilly, rocky, and there are 3 walls to traverse. You will be on all 4's, your butt, and possibly on your belly at times. Bring hiking poles, although many people do not. It is a really nice, but challenging hike, and the view of Greenwood Lake is quite beautiful. Worth it. Some people don't do the whole loop, and just go left from the blue to the yellow trail, see the Greenwood Lake view, and maybe progress to Surprise Lake which is just a bit farther. That is a much easier hike than the entire loop. Should you decide to do the whole thing, don't make the left onto the yellow trail, bear right to continue on the blue trail instead. This way you end with the spectacular views as a reward. Also, we took our dog, who does a lot of hiking, and he was exhausted. He even needed to be lifted up and down on 2 of the walls. Do it, and enjoy.

hiking
Sunday, October 01, 2017

Some areas with intense rock faces but all in a a great hike!

hiking
Saturday, September 30, 2017

Park in the lot directly across from marina. Actually ended past where orange merged in the rhododedrum forest as i calleded it and returned. Beautiful views at suprise lake and amazing views from Bearfort mtn ridge overlooking Greenwood lake on yellow.

Monday, September 18, 2017

Good trail but we wanted to hike to see the stone living room and didn't realize you had to cross the street and hike the other side. This app brought us to a parking lot and you need to cross the street to access the trail that takes you to the stone living room.

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Tougher than you think. Lots of scrambling. Amazing topography! The views are terrific.

hiking
Saturday, July 15, 2017

It actually wasn't as rough as I thought it would be but it's really hidden which I liked. It wasn't packed with a ton of people.

hiking
Monday, June 19, 2017

The hike was an awesome experience! My friends and l might have started on the wrong end, and gotten lost a couple of times, but we were able to find our way and make it to the end! There is a great variety of landscapes and the sights of nature combined with rusted metal and barbed wire fences create an interesting story that has to be taken in! The wildlife there is also vibrant, where my friends and l witnessed the usual birds and squirrels but also saw a hawk and several lizards along the way! If you live nearby and want to experience a piece of forgotten history this is definitely a great hike to go on!!

hiking
Thursday, May 18, 2017

Very nice hike, a bit buggy

hiking
Thursday, May 18, 2017

Very nice hike, a bit buggy

Monday, April 17, 2017

Simple

hiking
Monday, January 30, 2017

Great views of the lake when you get to the top! Bad idea going after a rain storm in January, it was terribly icy and slippery. I would definitely do it again in the spring.

mountain biking
Monday, November 28, 2016

Very rocky. Technical in the sense of having to navigate slow, sinuous rocky sections. Didn't find much flow on south side. Best experienced with a group. Fun artifacts to explore.

hiking
Monday, October 24, 2016

Great hike for beginners,

Thursday, September 01, 2016

Average, NY trails are way better groomed than this one.

hiking
Sunday, January 03, 2016

Started out lame and became great. The western side by the airport was dull and colorless with lots of pointless switchbacks as we were not on bikes which these trails were clearly made for. Once we climbed the small mountain to join the eastern side, however, the hike immediately became more interesting with a large variation in surroundings, including some very odd abandoned rusted out mysterious structures. The trails on the ridge were still clearly made for mountain bikes, but even the rare biker that did struggle by added to the entertainment.

mountain biking
Tuesday, September 25, 2012

I did ride the trails in both directions. There are sections that are very technical, but such a fun to ride. Make sure you have a full suspension bike. A hard tail will shake your organs up. Plan on at least an hour and a half if you are a moderate rider. For more advanced riders, you can probably do it in an hour.

hiking
Monday, July 30, 2012

Jungle Habitat is surrounded be an Erie history straight out of Weird NJ. The left over animal cages & broken down buildings remind you of a place that was at one point a huge attraction. The hike is fun and easy but the visuals is what people go for the most. Really neat stuff.

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