Explore the most popular wildlife 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.

Be sure you have the correct trail map for this park! It should show a large loop featuring Green—>Blue/Teal—>Blue (a long Yellow and Red/White trail should be on the map, too). There is another map showing as “current” online and it does not have the correct markings.

Anyhoo, I did that Green/Teal/Blue loop mentioned above along with a quick diversion down the White Trail to see the waterfall. Came in a little over 6 miles (I parked at the Weis Center, so some of that was also the walk to the car).

I’d consider this trail fairly untrafficked—I usually only pass one or two people at the most, but I’ve also never gone on weekends.

Doing the loop as I do, starting at the Weis Center and going down the green path first, you come to a steep, pretty killer incline about halfway through. There are also a few spots with some scrambling required over rocks—I even had to lift my dog up one part! Otherwise I’d more list this trail as moderate rather than difficult.

3 days ago

I completed a variation of this hike which included the Laurel Pond Trail to the Pumphouse Trail and the Boulder Garden Trail. The forest is beautiful and lush, but the lack of views on the route I took results in the hike being somewhat anti-climatic. My father used to bring my brother and I fishing at Laurel Pond and Wawayanda Lake when we were young and so I was eager to explore the surrounding woods a bit.

Great hike

Great hike. Newer park with nice trails

Wet trail next to the Passaic River. Lightly trafficked, so it becomes a bit overgrown in fall and spring. Feels like interior woods/wetlands despite being in a suburban area. Good wildlife watching on the river, ducks of several species.

I've done this a couple of times. It is really more of a walk than a hike in my opinion. Also, it is not as secluded as I would prefer.

Hiking counter clockwise on the loop trail you have steep ascent which is fun and challenging. After that it is very easy hike. Great views on the ridge at the top. I only wish graffiti artists would stay at home and people should be mindful to carry out all trash.

6 days ago

Very comfortable walk with kids and older dogs.

I did a 7-mile loop which included the Lookout Trail and a portion of Cannonball Run in a good amount of snow. The trails are well-marked and there were a lot of great views along Lookout.

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

11 days ago

Great trail that's well maintained. I really love the boardwalk they put in through the marshy areas. Very easy walk with plenty of birding opportunities. I'd say it's even worth repeat visits throughout the year.

Well kept, easy nature trail with an observation tower. Very easy to get to and plenty of parking.

Beautiful place

Trail was a little hard to find but the view was amazing!

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18 days ago

Awesome spot, has multiple trails. An array of wildlife can be found here and there is a nature center you can go in and learn about the trail. Also very safe I have seen police patrolling the trail routinely. Also you can pick up maps under the pavillion near the parking before starting the trails.

19 days ago

Great workout, varied terrain

Watch our for the blue trail, I ended up on a road and decided to walk back because I was confused. Otherwise great glute workout on the way up!

Amazing to find such a large outdoor area in Clifton; great view of NYC and many geocaches for a bit of fun while hiking; spotted many deer during my hike which really helps make you feel farther from the city life

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.

Excellent trail!

simple and easy but still a nice trail through a marshy swamp.

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.

28 days ago

Very nice....!!!!

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1 month ago

As a nature trip, this is probably a really awesome place to visit in the spring/summer/fall. Easy walk around loop. Looking forward to planned expansions. Given its setting, it was a welcome nature break from the surrounding industrial refineries and Interstate 1-9.

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

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.

It’s all broke bottles, broken furniture and private property.

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