Highlands Hikes

Throughout the year the Coalition will lead 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.

At this time we still do not think it safe or practical to lead a group hike.

All scheduled outings are postponed until further notice.

In the meantime, we do hope you are enjoying the trails and sticking to the Governor and NJ DEP’s guidelines for safe outdoor recreation.

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

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!

Important: We always recommend appropriate clothing and footwear, plenty of water and a snack! If you’re unsure what you need, ask!


Voorhees State Park

Moderate ~5 miles.

Join me and Highlands Coalition staff during Earth Month for an outing at beautiful Voorhees State Park and enjoy views of rural New Jersey and natural scenery. 2020 marks 50 years of the world celebrating Earth Day and what better way to recognize this than getting out and exploring a Highlands Park. Our itinerary will be a roughly 5 mile loop with some moderate climbing, but nothing difficult.

We will meet at 10AM at the Hoppock Grove Parking lot off Cty Rd 513.


Mt Tammany & Sunfish Pond (Delaware Water Gap)

Moderate ~7 miles, includes a climb at the beginning.

This iconic hike features spectacular views over the Delaware River and Pocono Mountains. Join us for what promises to be a very rewarding day scaling New Jersey’s highest peak. Our itinerary will take us up Mt Tammany, then North along the ridge to Sunfish Pond, where we will enjoy a picnic lunch. Then we will return to the car park along a famous section of the Appalachian Trail. Note, due to the popularity of this trail we will try to get on the trail by 9AM to avoid crowds.

Meet at the Trailhead in the Dunnfield Creek Parking Lot at 9AM (Dunnfield Creek Natural Area)


National Trails Day Special at Terrace Pond

Moderate/ Challenging ~5 miles with one or two scrambles

This is a Highlands classic around ponds demonstrating the regions tumultuous geological past, as well as splendid views of some of the  Highland’s reservoirs. Additionally, we’ll pass the Clinton Furnace, a tribute to the era of intense industry and mining that occurred in the Highlands.

Meet at 10AM at the Wildcat Mt. Wilderness Centre (1575 Clinton Rd, Hewitt, NJ 07421)


Musconetcong Gorge

Easy ~4 miles, a couple of rocky sections.

This splendid loop along the Musconetcong River features plenty of waterfalls and cascades through the scenic gorge.

We’ll meet at the Trailhead on Dennis Rd. at 10AM (Dennis Rd, Bloomsbury, NJ 08804)

Paddle Splitrock Reservoir!






Past hikes and suggestions for you and your friends:

Mahlon Dickerson Reservation:

Meet in the parking lot near the ball field on Weldon Rd, between the campsite entrance and Jefferson High School. Follow the White Blazes on a moderate 4.5 Mile loop through pristine forest, mountain laurel, and over the top of the highest point in Morris County!

Norvin Green State Forest and Wyanokie Point from Otter Hole

A variation of the other hike at Norvin Green. This itinerary starts on the green trail up from the Otter Hole before cutting across on Macopin (white) to the top of Wyanokie Point for some of the some of the best fall foliage colors in New Jersey and splendid views. Then double back and take the teal Highlands Trail back to complete the loop via YooHoo Point.

Start here Otter Hole parking Lot, Bloomingdale, NJ 07403

Web Map by NY/NJ Trail Conference

Stairway to Heaven:

The Appalachian Trail is a legendary thru-hike tracking the Appalachian Mountains for over 2000 miles from Georgia all the way up to Maine. This section is only about 3 miles out and back to the top of Wawayanda Mountain. This is a moderate/strenuous hike uphill, but the views from the top are well worth the climb!

Start in the Parking Lot on Rt 94 (450 Appalachian Trail, Vernon Township, NJ 07462). Dogs on leash are allowed.

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.

This loop is about 5.4 miles of moderate trail 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.

Web Map by NJ Conservation Foundation

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.

Norvin Green State Forest:

Norvin Green offers a spectacular opportunity to take in big vistas of the Wanaque Reservoir and New York City. The hiking here is rated moderate though trails are well maintained. A great loop is to start the New Weiss Center on Snake Den Rd. and head up to the top of Wyanokie Point. Other interesting locations include Chikahoki Falls, and YooHoo Point. See also a variation for this park above.

Historical Jockey Hollow:

This is a short walk that puts the New Jersey Highlands into historical context with the American Revolution.  Starts at the Visitor Center, and head along to the Soldiers Huts. This is a very easy trail with the option to walk on the road adjacent to the trail. Explore more of this period of the Highland’s history by visiting Washington’s Headquarters in Morristown.

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.