Short Walks on the Long Trail
The Appalachian Trail, which stretches over two thousand miles from Georgia to Maine, enters New Jersey at the Delaware Water Gap, heads north along the Kittatinny Ridge to High Point, then east through the Pochuck Valley. Before turning north again, across the border to New York, the 72-mile New Jersey section gives a view and a feeling of what this area was like two hundred years ago. The surrounding countryside is mostly undeveloped, and the few towns visible in the valleys remain rural villages. Striking panoramas—comparable to those in the Blue Ridge, Berkshire, and White Mountains, even the fabled Great Smokies—are not uncommon along this rugged and remote section of trail.
Ready for a short walk (sneakers only). Photo by Frank Bell.
You can explore the midsection of New Jersey's Appalachian Trail (known by hikers simply as the "AT") as it traverses two of our most celebrated state parks—High Point and Stokes Forest—and the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, along a 45-mile route along the Kittatinny Ridge through Sussex and Warren counties. Country lanes or park roads every few miles intersect the entire stretch so that you can plan any number of modest day hikes along the AT. Or take a couple of days to walk the whole distance. Elevation in this section ranges from 350 to 1,685 feet, and, if you prefer to walk downhill most of the time, hike north to south.
The Trail lifts near Sunrise Mountain then peaks over the
top. Photos by Frank Bell.
The equipment requirements for an Appalachian Trail day hike are minimal, but respectable hiking boots are essential: high enough to support your ankles with thick soles, and large enough for heavy socks and swollen feet. Don't wait until the day of your hike to break them in. A light pack and a canteen should complete the necessary gear. The pack will hold lunch and a snack or two and will be useful to carry out your refuse as well as any litter you may find along the way. Each hiker should start out with a full canteen. Some sections of the Trail are dry, and you will cross an occasional spring. But most of the Trail is on mountain tops and most of the water you will see will be far away in a stream or pond in the valley. So fill your canteen whenever possible. Check online or with your outdoor supplier for available purification filters or tablets.
Finally, bring binoculars and a camera. The Trail follows the highest ridges of the Kittatinny Mountains and the views are breathtaking. Wildlife is abundant, too. If you are interested in birds, you're in paradise. You will see plenty of hawks
and eagles, and those denizens of the Trail, the little towhee. Keep your eyes open; there's a good chance you'll spot a bear, and rattlesnakes make occasional appearances. And to protect against the ones you can't see—namely the dreaded deer tick—the common advice is to wear a long sleeved shirt tucked into light-colored long pants tucked into closely knitted socks.
Any decent road map of New Jersey will show the Trail, usually as a dotted line along the ridges of the Kittatinny Mountains, which run parallel to the Delaware River to the west. The park ranger offices at High Point on Route 23 in Sussex, Stokes Forest on Route 206 in Branchville, and the National Park Service visitor center on Route 80 at the Water Gap in Warren County, will have maps that will include other local trails. And there are countless Web sites packed with information and maps of the Appalachian Trail.
The Trail itself is marked generously with white painted blazes, two by six inches, on trees and rocks along the way. Two blazes, one above the other, indicate a change in direction of the Trail. Be alert for this; the Trail won't always go where the hiker expects it to. Some of the following suggested day trips are short, and combining two of the routes into one day's hiking would work out fine in most cases. Don't try to break any speed records. A leisurely pace will span the distance easily in five or six separate day trips. Or, if you are in-shape and experienced, split the span into two or three parts. The Appalachian Trail is world-famous, and on a weekend in the middle of the summer it's bound to be crowded. So, if possible, plan your trips for mid-week, or start very early in the day.
Stopping points along the mid-section of the Applachian Trail in New Jersey.
High Point: Route 519 to Route 23
You and some friends can warm up with a short three-mile jaunt through the monument
section of High Point State Park. First, drive two cars to the park office on Route 23 north of Sussex Borough. Park one car, pick up a map, and drive the second car down the hill south on Route 23. Watch for Route 519 on your left, turn north and go to the parking area just north of Mt. Salem Road. Embark upon the AT, following the white blazes as they climb back and forth toward the High Point monument. You'll notice a short trail leading to the High Point trail shelter for through-hikers, then pass the trail that leads up to the Monument or to Lake
Marcia to the right. Another half-mile brings you to an observation platform with views all around. Then you'll walk towards Route 23 just north of the office parking area where you left your first car.
High Point: Route 23 to Deckertown Road.
A half-mile in from Route 23, you'll cross the red-blazed Iris park trail and climb up to follow a rocky ridge with scenic views of the surrounding valleys and ridges, Sawmill Pond, and a particularly nice vista at what is known as Dutch Shoe Rock, near a sign pointing to the Rutherford Shelter on another, blue-blazed trail. Follow the AT's white blaze as it crosses the Iris trail again, drops down through wetlands, and leaves High Point, about five miles south of your starting point, at Deckertown Road.
If you want to deliver a car there in order to return to your
starting spot, or to begin your walk another day, Deckertown Road
runs west from Route 519. A couple of miles from the intersection
there is a small parking area on the right, with a sign bearing
the AT mark where the Trail meets the road.
Stokes (Sunrise Mountain): Deckertown Road to Culver's Gap
The AT proceeds along the eastern edge Stokes
Forest, climbing towards the Mashipacong Shelter for through-hikers, then through mountain laurel before crossing Crigger Road. Then it ascends towards the Sunrise Mountain parking area, about three miles in, near the 1650 ft. summit where there are spectacular views in all directions. There are more excellent views further on, south along the ridge roughly parallel to Sunrise Mountain Road, crossing Stony Brook, towards the Culver Fire Tower. Another mile or so and you'll approach the Culver's Gap parking area, about eight miles from Deckertown. If you want to make this a stopping point, you can drive your getaway car on Route 206 north of Culver Lake, turning east on Route 636 (Upper North Shore Road) at the sign for Sunrise Mountain. A quick left takes you up the mountain where you'll find the parking area.
Stokes: Culver's Gap to Blue Mountain Road
Or continue about eleven miles to the Stokes southern boundary, climbing first past Kittatinny Lake down below to your right towards a rock outcrop at the top of Rattlesnake Mountain five-and-a-half miles in. Further along you'll see a blue-blazed trail to Buttermilk Falls, a worthy two-mile side trip west into the Walpack valley. Watch the white blazes closely, as you leave Stokes and enter the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, skirting Crater Lake to the east then Long Pine Pond to the west. The Trail crosses Blue Mountain Lakes Road where there is ample parking and a good place to rendezvous.
Driving to the Trail's junction at Blue Mountain Lakes Road entails leaving Blairstown on Millbrook-Blairstown Road (County Route 602), up then down the ridge into Millbrook Village in the Recreation Area. Turn right on Old Mine Road and travel to Blue Mountain Lakes Road, marked by a grand old building known as the Delaware View House. (You can also get to the intersection by going north about ten miles from the last NJ exit on Route 80.) Turn up the hill and drive almost three miles to the top.
Hikers look out over Warren County. Photo by Mary Jasch.
Blue Mountain Lakes Road to Catfish Pond
From Blue Mountain Lakes Road it is a little more than seventeen miles to the Water Gap. The Trail follows the Kittatinny Ridge for about three miles towards Millbrook-Blairstown Road. If you want to cut your hike short, leave a car here. Then it rises towards the Catfish Fire Tower about two miles later before lowering again down towards Catfish Pond Gap, Camp Road and the Appalachian Mountain Club's Mohican
Outdoor Center above Blairstown, a frequent stop for AT through-hikers. You can motor here by taking Mohican Road west from Route 94 until it meets Gaisler. Turn left, then right on Camp Road into the AMC facility.
Mohican to the Gap
From Catfish Pond and the AMC Center, you're on your way to Sunfish Pond, along the ridge on a level stretch past the Upper and Lower Yards Creek Reservoirs. If you haven't yet been there, you've probably heard of Sunfish Pond, a mountain-top, crystal-clear glacial lake, an irresistible spot to stop and picnic. From Sunfish there are many alternate routes to the point overlooking the gap, or back down along Dunnfield Creek, but the AT begins a rugged, ever-increasing descent for three-and-a-half miles toward the Dunnfield lot along Route 80 at the Water Gap.
More ambitious hikers on the New Jersey Appalachian Trail might be thinking of combining a couple of the shorter hikes, and this can certainly be done. But if you don't hike a lot, remember that the Trail is rugged and that too big a bite at the beginning might prove exhausting to the point of spoiling the experience. However, when the neophyte hiker has completed the day hikes, one at a time, the next challenge will be to repeat the whole performance as one 42-mile overnight hike. By all means, do it! Right now is the time to prepare for a fall hike of about three days and two nights duration. Some additional equipment will be required—a tent, sleeping bag, cooking utensils, and a bigger back pack—but there's plenty of time to find what you need. The Trail in the autumn is especially beautiful, and secluded, and the hiking temperature will be ideal.
For additional information about the Appalachian Trail, the Internet is very handy. And you'll likely find hikers tweeting all the way from Springer to Katahdin. But you should arm yourself with maps so you don't miss all the great side trips and nooks and crannies along the way. Each state park issues a trail map, as does the National Park Service for the Delaware Water Gap. There is all kinds of literature about the Appalachian Trail experience, all worth reading. If you're making the AT a way of life, you'll need a copy of official AMC
Guide to the Appalachian Trail in New York and New Jersey, by Daniel D. Chazin, now in its sixteenth edition. Or Exploring
the Appalachian Trail: Hikes in the Mid-Atlantic States by Glenn Scherer and Don Hopey.
Relax and enjoy this delightful experience. Keep in mind the words of Myron Avery, the first person to hike the entire trail: "Remote for detachment, narrow for chosen company, winding for leisure, lonely for contemplation, it beckons not merely north and south but upward—to the body, mind, and soul of man."
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28 Nov 2014, 16:48
Where in New Jersey?
Have you walked the NJ part yet?
Let me know
31 Aug 2014, 13:31
I have ALWAYS wanted to hike the AT since I was a kid, ok now I'm not a
kid anymore and life is coming on strong at 48 I'm seriously considering to
start my hike from NJ to The southern state where it ends, settle down
there and live my life knowing I finished at least one thing in my life, I
need some tips on what to bring for this long distance hike, some say a
weapon ( gun ) I'm thinking masheti I understand there is a lot of big wild
animals on the trail but I believe if ya don't bother them they wont bother
you, I'd love to find an experienced co-hiker preferably female, (
sometimes it's nice to have someone pretty to talk to, ) I also understand
there are some cabins out there far apart from each other and sometimes ya
can sleep there ,anyway I would like to get started maybe one year from
this Sept. so if ANYONE would have some helpful hints on how to prepare
for this life altering journey PLEASE contact me at this web yahoo.com.
thanks ...no kidding and please be sincere. KlemkaCharles@yahoo.com
07 Sep 2013, 04:17
parked on rt519 and walked to mudtown rd beautiful trail, met a long
distance hiker, wish to do that someday!so hike on my friends! hike on!
04 Sep 2012, 11:10
I'm planning on hiking the AT NJ trail and won't be able to do it all in
one shot. Is it easy to park and return to the car? None of my friends
will do the hike with me so I'll have to walk back to the car.
10 Jun 2012, 10:17
The AT is a foot trail only. Please refrain from riding your bike along the
AT. If you are caught, you will be fined according to each state or
possible federal parks regulations. Get a pair of boots and please walk the
AT. there's nothing quite like it.. and most "hikers" would want to keep it
that way by treating the path with the respect it deserves. Regards.
10 Jun 2012, 09:38
I am also interested in mountain biking the NJ part of the AT, does anyone
have any experience doing this? I biked a couple miles of the trail near
stokes and it was very doable, I just don't know about the other 70 miles
of it. I would be OK with walking my bike through portions of the trail if
needed. \r\n\r\nAny input would be greatly appreciated!\r\nThanks!
27 May 2012, 06:59
@Ian, are you in NJ? Did you want to do a trip in NJ, PA or
NY?\r\n\r\nDepends what kind of a hike/ backpacking trip you want, how many
miles you want to cover and how easy, mderate or difficult you want the
trip to be. \r\n\r\nThere are a lot of good resources here on the internet.
You do have to plan wher you will be able to camp and find water resources
etc...\r\n\r\nYou can call the Mohican Outdoor Center, I am sure they can
help you if you want to do nJ, or even PA.\r\n\r\nYou can also call
Deleware Watergap Recreation Center. Both places also have plenty of
maps.\r\n\r\nAlso, try the website www.witeblaze.com- it is for people who
hike or want to hike the AT- a lot of good info. there. I hope that
26 May 2012, 22:51
Can anyone suggest a good hiking/backpacking trail that I can hike on. It
will be an overnight probably a 3 day thing. If someone can help me that
would be great!
18 May 2012, 11:18
We did a nice backpacking trip from Mohican Center, through the Coppermine
trail, cut over to the Blue Blaze trail and camped out on the
A.T.\r\n\r\nThe views were amazing, really beautiful. The water falls and
forrest were breathtaking, that was about 3 miles from the
beginning.\r\n\r\nAfter crossing at the bottom of the falls, there is about
a 3 mile hike up hill, its a bit of a tough one.After 3 miles or so you hit
the A.T. and you can camp out there. Scenery is great, nice views, there is
a nearby mountain stream about 20 minutes away to replenish water( bring
iodine or other water treatments).\r\n\r\nAlthough the hike up is tough
with a backpack, the hike back to Mohican is only about 2.5 miles, and that
is mostly flat or downhill and it can be hiked with relative
ease.\r\n\r\nWe had a great hiking/ backpacking experience.
06 May 2012, 08:06
I used to hike all the time. Over the past few years I've put on a lot of
weight and haven't been able to hike more than a mile or two. I recently
bought a mountain bike and am becoming bored with local scenery. Am I
allowed to ride the AT with a mountain bike? And if not, then where can I?
I'm not looking for a harsh ride. Just something that's easy with some good
scenery, and away from the ruckus of cities and highways
Rick the Hiker
26 Feb 2012, 18:57
I prefer the north to south route. For a good RELAXING 2-3 day hike, try Rt
23 at Highpoint to Rt 206 at Culver's Gap. You'll find the Rutherford,
Mashipicong, Sunrise Mtn and Gren Anderson shelters along the way, and most
have water sources nearby. Excellent views to the east and west of the
ridge, a lot of photo ops and decent, moderate trails. \r\nNote: don't try
to hike this section with sneakers or low boots. You'll need ankle support
for some of the scrambles.\r\nThere's a really great trail angel that
maintains these shelters, and can advise (and really help) you if needed.
His trail name is Desperado, and if you meet up with him, he'll surely
trade stories and share trail magic.
02 Feb 2012, 08:56
I am also in the same boat. I am looking to hik the NJ portion of the
Appalachian Trail. Any tips on how long/how difficult this would be? Can I
do it in a long weekend?
11 Dec 2011, 19:42
I am a very modest hiker (to the the most, who wants to take a vacation and
do the WHOLE NJ portion of the trail. I can usually do about 7 miles or so
in 3 hours. Anyone have any advice for me on this whole idea??\r\n
18 Sep 2011, 15:51
Hey Jim,\r\n\r\nWhere'd ya hyke? We did the AT south to Sunfish Pond from
Mohican Lodge Rd and then out south AT to Farview and Old Mine Rd..Saw
loads of "birdwatchers" on the big hump...10.2 Miles and 1556' over all
elevation gain for the day...bear scat galore on Farview Trail... but no
bear.... i get most of my trail info from the Ny-Nj Trail Conference..link
below to maps \r\nhttp://www.nynjtc.org/catalog/15/maps\r\nRegards and
15 Sep 2011, 21:17
I highly reccomend picking up the AT thru kikers companion and data book.
Its always done me well on the trail. You can plan your hike shelter to
shelter in NJ. Im planning on hiking this Sat sept. 17 if anyone is
interested in hiking with me in NJ.
15 Sep 2011, 05:56
Solo, that's awful. But i just wanted to point out that Harriman is in NY.
07 Sep 2011, 13:21
My trail name is "Solo". I hiked the AT in 2010. I'm a 5'5" Black man. I
never had a problems with anyone on the AT until I entered Harrimen State
Park in NJ. I got to the William Brian Memorial shelter at 8:45 pm in the
rain only to have a gun pointed at me and told to "keep it moving boy" by 4
large men. Other than that, the whole trip wonderful. Hard as hell but
27 Jul 2011, 09:34
A friend of mine and I were talking about do a 4 day AT hike. We will
probably be doing the NJ section as it is close. Can anyone recommend a
good guide book?
30 Jun 2011, 12:29
I used to live right at the bottom of High Point State Park on the New
Jersey side. My friends and I hiked up the mountain many times to Lake
Marcia to go swimming. There used to be white cans nailed along the trail
for hikers to leave notes during their trip.\r\nI haven't seen these cans
for a long time and wondered where the notes from years ago might be. Does
anyone remember these cans? I'd love to see some of those
24 Jun 2011, 11:59
i was reading the atticle about doing the 42 miles in about 7 days. it says
the first hike from starting from highpoint to Deckertown; but the second
day trip from Deckertown to Sunrise mountain distance is not mentioned. can
some one help me, if these two 5 miles+ ? waht ever the distance of second
day can be combined and what will be total distance to sunrise mountain
from high point-starting point.\r\nthanks\r\nrao\r\nnovice hiker
09 May 2010, 19:31
Our small group hyked the AT from Nj Rt 206 South to Warren County Rt 602
this Sat. past and measured 15.2 miles and 4800' +/- ooverall climbing
gained over our 7 hour ordeal. Most of the trail was rocky and tough but
there were several less abusive sections as well thank God. We averaged
about 2.2 miles per hr. I would not recommend this long as strecth of the
AT unless you are relatively insane like us. We saw no bear but a nice 7'
Rattlesnake. If you have any questions or would like to join us, fel free
to contact me @ Jmaryanski@msn.com.
03 Apr 2010, 09:03
Hi all . I wanna take my dog on a great hike im stationed at McGuire AFB
and i need to know where a great trail is that i can take my dog and my
self. danger is not a problem but sheered cliffs are alil a lil to much..
Or like a hub where i would be able to chose my self is good too just need
an address or somehow directions to get the the trails...(Appalachian
03 Dec 2009, 10:16
Greetings fellow NJ hikers, i've created a new trail/social club for hikers
(Appalachian Trail Hikers of Sussex County) & i can be be reached & the
above e-mail or on Facebook under the clubs name. \r\n\r\nthe primary goals
for club areas listed-\r\n\r\n1.social networking for the like
minded.\r\n\r\n2.comminity service (trail & area parks)\r\n\r\n3.? lol the
club is a day old so i dont have a 3rd lol thats why i did people to join
in & help with this sort of thing!!! lol thanks & GO GREEN!\r\n-mike
23 Nov 2009, 13:51
thanks:) now my kids are hooked on hiking. i would like some info about
hiking instruction for my brother.
10 Nov 2009, 09:01
This year we canceled our AT overnight due to awful weather on the
mid-October weekends that we planned for. Instead, I put in a long one-day
hike with my daughter on this past indian summer Sunday. Carrying all of
our water and food for the day gave me a good enough workout, and I will be
back on the AT in the spring.
02 Oct 2009, 10:35
I have been hiking & camping short distances on the AT with summer camps I
went to since I was about 11. I would like to hike a little bit and my
camp always went to this one area to start, I don't remember where but
because the camp is right on swartswood lake (camp lou henry hoover) I
would think it was the part closest one to there. If anyone has any idea
where would be a good place to take a day trip hike please respond, I live
in new york but don't mind traveling a bit to hike it as is has been about
5 years since I last did hike the area.
28 Sep 2009, 13:47
Hi All. I am looking for some guidance on an overnight camping trip on the
AT. This will be my first overnight camping trip on the AT, so is there any
suggestions or guidance someone who has done it before could possibly throw
my way? Please e-mail me! Thanks! firstname.lastname@example.org
17 Sep 2009, 10:39
Two of us are heading onto the AT again, as last year, for an overnight,
starting at Buttermilk Falls (where we left off in'08) and going northeast
from there, probably totaling 20 miles or so. So far it's Oct 17 & 18.
Those interested in joining us at a moderate pace, get in touch. Dogs and
friendly dragons (especially helpful in starting the stove) are welcome.
14 Sep 2009, 09:11
To Len, Ana and anyone looking for hikes with dogs. My book, "Best Hikes
with Dogs - New Jersey," has 52 great hikes with dogs all around NJ. All
hikes are rated and near water for the safety and enjoyment of your dog.
You can get the book at any bookstore or online. Thanks for hiking with
your best four-footed pal.
13 Sep 2009, 05:00
Susan, Len (Scarlett a well behaved Doberman) looking for weekly hikes in
Hunterdon, Warren and nearby counties. Pls send contact info and upcoming
hikes/meeting locations,\r\nThank you!
16 Aug 2009, 08:12
Also check the New York New Jersey Trail Conference site for info about
hiking the Appalachian Trail in NJ - NYNJTC.com - they have excellent maps
31 Jul 2009, 12:23
Can I bring my dog along with me? Can I have a phone number where to
27 Jun 2009, 14:41
Hey Everyone,\r\n\r\nTo comment on a prior post...I see bear all the time
on the trail here in NJ. As a meeter of fact I saw 4 today. It is
extremely important to not feed the bears. Also, if bears make you nervous
go and get a whistle. Bears don't like the noise.\r\n
18 Jun 2009, 10:07
Ok so me and a couple buddys are doing the full 7 day hike next week no
cars just drop off and pick up at the start and finish. Can anyone please
email names of each start location so I can map this route on google earth
23 Mar 2009, 11:17
Anthony, Check the trail map for Wawayanda State Park in NJ (on the NY
border.) I met a thru-hiker on the trail there some years back, though the
trail may have been re-routed since then.
17 Mar 2009, 20:07
i am trying to find trail info for the entire new jersey section of the at
trail. the map on this site has it starting at high point but i have seen
other maps (not very good ones) of the trail also running east along the
nj/ny border. if anyone has any info about this section of the trail like
where it enters, distance to high point, and all the other good stuff that
would be great. thank you
08 Mar 2009, 09:36
hey im looking to go into the woods and hike on my own and camp for a few
days. i want to set up camp anywhere i see fit and i dont want to see
another human for the entire time.. does anyone know where this is possible
or even legal. everywhere i look seems to be trails and recreation
oriented. i want to do a kind of survivorman type of experience.. email me
if you have any tips.. thank you\r\n\r\email@example.com
15 Jan 2009, 11:22
In regards to the Joe on the Go coffee shop. Word on the trail is that the
owner is a very mean spirited unpleasant man with a great dislike of
hikers. One wonders why he would choose to set up business right near the
AT. This is not just an isolated incident. I've heard from several hikers
that that upon entering his establishment that he was at best rude and
unpleasant. Other hikers report getting yelled at and on at least 2
instances that I am aware of, hikers were physically thrown off the
premises. When I hike through that area I will avoid his business like the
plague. I have much better things to than waste my time interacting with
such a miserable human being. If just 1 or 2 hikers told me this I would
chalk it up to the owner having a bad day or hikers doing something they
shouldn't. When I keep hearing these horror stories time and again I have
to figure there's some thuth to them.
01 Jan 2009, 16:16
You can take a NJT train to the Port Jervis NY station, which is in the
center of town and catch a taxi to the trailhead at Highpoint SP. It is
under 5 miles. You can hike all the way to DWG, there is a stop on the
Martz bus NYC line at the Gap which goes by the Hackettstown NJT station to
get your train home. Check their websites NJT & Martz for schedules &
13 Oct 2008, 09:58
Mid-October '08 offered my buddy and I two warm days and a clear night for
a weekend on the AT, hiking from Mohican Center to our campsite on the
Buttermilk Falls trail, and back. We followed Rattlesnake Swamp Trail on
the return, for variety and quiet. This hike totaled 25 miles, and although
I wasn't really physically prepared, it was great. We hung our food from a
tree at night, but saw little wildlife. We collected lots of trash on or
near the trail, and took it all home (trash doesn't weigh as much as some
of the useless items we always carry back home). Thank God I ignored
everyone's derision at home and brought the water filter (we overlooked the
water station on the way), as well as my grown girl scout daughter's
sit-upon. \r\nConfession: I brought 2 lbs of small pieces of wood and
cooked with a backpacker's wood-burning stove (BushBuddy), being careful to
contain the fire (no sparks or smoke) inside a windscreen and under a
cooking-pot. It is illegal to burn wood on the NJ AT, but I buried the
ashes and left no mark.\r\nWe'll be back next October, but it won't be
better than this past weekend.
10 Oct 2008, 08:52
Could anybody tell me if there is way to get to the beginning of the trail
by public transportation ?\r\n\r\nI do not own a car.\r\n\r\nAndrea
07 Oct 2008, 19:17
I would like to take my girlfriend for a relatively easy day hike. I am an
experienced hiker, (an Eagle Scout in fact), but its been a while since
I've had to plan this kind of thing, and I was never really knowledgeable
about the AT. \r\n\r\nCan anyone recommend a round trip day hike starting
point? (I would need to drive in and out.)(My girlfriend is NOT experienced
and is actually a bit flatfooted, so it'd be best to keep the tough terrain
to a minimum or at least short stretches of it so she can rest if she needs
to. \r\n\r\nI wouldn't be doing this in the middle of winter, I'm just
thinking ahead here for something to do next summer. She loves nature and
would appreciate a trail with nice scenic views.
01 Sep 2008, 13:38
can the trail from high point to dwg be hiked in three days?
01 Aug 2008, 11:59
Worthingtons is gone replaced with Joe on the go coffee Shop. your next
best bet for grabbign supplies is just a little farther south on 206 called
dales. Not as friendly but better selection.
26 Jul 2008, 18:16
Bears are NOT rare. We have seen 3 in 3 months - 2 in 90 minutes. Will you
idiots please stop feeding them before they eat us regular hikers? k thx
21 Jul 2008, 13:09
Hi, my friends and I are going to hike the Jersey part of the at this up
coming monday. We are planning to start our hike at High Point and end on
Friday at the Delaware Water Gap. We have been planning this trip for a
long time but because of other activities and things realized that this
week may be one of our only chances for the hike resulting in us to be a
little unprepared. I have two questions. One can we camp anywhere we please
on the trail or at-least deviate from the trail 100 yards or so and camp or
is camping only allowed is designated locations. Question number two,
besides the obvious things are there any must haves excluding good pack,
good hiking boots, food, water, light weight tent, spare clothes to adapt
to weather conditions, and portable hiking stove that we have over
looked.\r\n \r\nThank you for the help. \r\nAlso do we have to register as
we hike the trail? I thought i heard of something similar but that may have
been other states or specific places.\r\n
03 Jul 2008, 16:48
New Jersey is one of the best places to hike on the AT. It is safe. Just be
smart. Hang your food bags away from where you sleep and be aware of anyone
you meet that doesn't seem like a hiker.\r\n\r\nIe. I met this guy in PA
once when I was hiking who said he was a thru-hiker, but he was hiking in
jeans and couldn't find the water source... didn't think he was a hiker. I
went in the opposite direction. \r\n\r\nAlso, if you are hiking in January
and February there is a great section about ten miles or so before Sunrise
Mountain. It's a good weekend hike. \r\n\r\nHiking instructions? Send me an
email if you'd like and I may be able to help. You may have to be more
specific on what you mean by "instructions"\r\n\r\nEnjoy guys!\r\n\r\nErin
12 Jun 2008, 08:11
I'm pretty sure that Worthington's is out of business. An absolute shame.
I don't know what the name of the new establishment there is though.
17 Apr 2008, 07:46
We are a group of highscoolers from 9th - 11th grade and we are planning a
week long hike starting at Highpoint. What in your oppinion is a relistic
goal for miles per day? some in the group are sudgesting eight, i'm
thinking about four.\r\n\r\n Your advice is greatly wanted, \r\n\r\n
19 Mar 2008, 14:04
Is the trail safe for mother and 16 and 17 yr old girls in July for 7 days
05 Feb 2008, 05:26
I am looking for hiking instructions for my family and I.
23 Jan 2008, 08:25
Is any part of the AT in New Jersey, i.e. Campsite #2, open in January or
February for overnight camping? If not, are there any trails in NJ open for
overnight camping? Thank you!