Highlands Hikes

Throughout the year the Coalition will be leading a series of day hikes in some of the Highlands’ spectacular State Parks and Forests. Details about each hike will be emailed to those who sign up to the Highlands Hikers mailing list and posted on Highlands Coalition Social Media. 

To sign up for the email list send an email to zac@njhighlandscoalition.org or join the Highlands Hikers Facebook Group.

See something you like but missed the outing?

Reach out to Zac at zac@njhighlandscoalition.org for the details and take yourself, your family or friends out and show them what the Highlands is all about!

Upcoming Hikes:

  • Memorial Weekend Outing  – May 25th, 2019 Tourne County Park

An easy 4.5 mile loop right outside the town of Boonton boasting great views off the top of Tourne Mountain. The loop includes climbing Tourne Mountain, though the path up is very gradual and well maintained. RSVP here

  • June 8th, 2019: Stairway to Heaven

This hike is approximately 3 miles out and back along a section of the Appalachian Trail to the top of Wawayanda Mountain. This is a moderate/strenuous hike uphill, but the views from the top are well worth the climb! RSVP here


Past Hikes:

  • April 6th, 2019: Apshawa Preserve

In the heart of the New Jersey Highlands Apshawa Preserve boasts splendid views over the Butler Reservoir, Apshawa Brook, ruins from the early 1900s, some little waterfalls, extensive views of Highlands forests, and a glimpse of the NYC skyline.

Our route will cover 5.4 miles of moderate trail taking us around Butler Reservoir followed by some moderate climbs and a steep descent towards the end. Alternatively there is the option to shorten the loop to 4 miles by not going around the reservoir, but this option still includes the steep sections. Dogs on leash are welcome.

  • Dec 9th, 2018: Jenny Jump State Forest

The Ghost Lake Loop in splendid Jenny Jump State Forest is approx. 5.2 miles of moderate trail with some rocky sections. This itinerary takes in the views of the surrounding hills and Ghost Lake. After the hike, the Coalition will have some food and drink to share with participants – please feel free to bring your favorite post hike snack to share! RSVP to zac@njhighlandscoalition.org

  • Nov 10th: Ramble in the woods and Potluck Picnic

Join us for the 4th Highlands Hikers outing; a casual ramble along Black River in Hacklebarney State Park. Our itinerary will be 4 miles on easy gravel paths along Black River, followed by a potluck lunch at the picnic area by the trailhead. This park is a peaceful enclave with beautiful river views and a perfect location to take in the late fall colors.

  • Oct 20th: Norvin Green State Forest:

Norvin Green offers outstanding views and a spectacular opportunity to take in the fall colors. Our itinerary will be a little over 7 miles including Wyanokie High Point where we will enjoy some of the best views in the state. The hiking here is moderate though the trail is rugged at times and our route will involve a fair amount of climbing.

  • Oct 13th: Historical Jockey Hollow:

This will be a short guided with a focus on putting the New Jersey Highlands into historical context, with particular reference to the role this region played during the Revolution. The walk will start from the Visitor Center, and proceed through the Park to the Soldiers huts, a very easy trail with the option to walk on the road adjacent.

  • Sept 22nd: Bearfort Ridge via Surprise Lake:

Bearfort Ridge is one the Highlands classics, it features splendid views over the ridge and along to Surprise Lake. The trail is moderately challenging with some steeper climbing and some short scrambles over a rocky sections.