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We’d had this on our list of “under an hour away short hikes” since I’d noticed it in Hiking
New Jersey which came out in 2009, but had never gotten around to it because more of a casual walk than a hike. With yet another super cold day that is exactly what we were looking for.
It’s a nice varied walk – easy trails, a super cool swinging bridge over Stony Brook, a refuge known for birding, and a Revolutionary War battlefield with a funky colonnade near a memorial gravesite. Optionally continue over the swinging bridge and link up to the D&R Canal Towpath. You can even wander the adjacent Institute for Advanced Study’s grounds which I read have sculptures but decided to save that for another day as it was like 18 degrees.
So on the way back we “needed” to get a macchiato with an extra shot and toffee nut syrup instead of caramel. Purely for medicinal purposes of course.
Our two cents: This area leans more toward a casual stroll than a hike but some trails can be very muddy and hiking boots might be a better choice than sneakers. The cool swinging bridge is sturdy and easy to cross. There is a bit more to Rogers Refuge plus the Institute’s grounds are supposed have sculptures but we didn’t have time to fully check it out.
Map: Print ahead or there may be maps at the Clarke House Museum.
Note: The large network of criss-crossing trails are unmarked save for some stone markers at intersections. Trails are named on the map but may not be any indication of the name on the actual trail. This makes it hard to give a detailed turn-by-turn description so we’ve done an outline below.
Parking:40.32955, -74.67634 Route 1 – South of New Brunswick area; R on Alexander Road exit; L on Mercer St.; L into park entrance.
Restrooms: Possibly in the Clarke House Museum, which is open W-Sa from 10-12, 1-4 and Sun 1-4. We were there outside of that so we stopped at a Sunoco on Route 1 South not too far from the park (very clean restroom).
Hike Directions: Overview: Gravel – Pipeline– River’s Edge – Marsh – Olden – Pipeline – Founder’s Walk – Trolley Track – Fool’s – Unmarked field walk
The large network of criss-crossing trails are unmarked save for some stone markers at intersections. Trails are named on the map but may not be any indication of the name on the actual trail.
This makes it hard to give a detailed turn-by-turn description and we’ve not noted many of the intersections because it gets too confusing. The trails are mostly in a grid, so if you miss one turn there are usually several others to get back. Be sure to have a map.
0.0 – Follow the gravel trail from the lot, passing the Clarke House off on the left.
Turn RIGHT at a stone marker and follow an unmarked trail to the Meeting House and cemetery.
0.5 – Continue, following the wide trail as it curves to the LEFT (should be Pipeline on the map at this point)
0.7 – Turn RIGHT on Far Trail.
1.0 – Near Stony Brook, turn LEFT to follow River’s Edge Trail along the water.
1.4 – Arrive at the Swinging Bridge – we just crossed for fun and then came back.
[Longer option: Cross the bridge to a spur trail that leads to the D&R Canal Towpath which continues in either direction for many many miles.
With the bridge at your back, walk straight for just a bit (it’s marked BLUE now) and turn RIGHT on the Marsh Trail as it skirts the edge of Rogers Refuge. [There is another nearby trail over a wooden footbridge that also goes into the refuge – not that one]
1.5 – Pass a raised viewing platform that looks over the marsh and is used to spot birds.
1.8 – LEFT on Olden Trail.
2.0 – LEFT on Pipeline Trail.
2.3 – RIGHT on Founder’s Walk.
2.5 – A rock marker (Founder’s Rock) at the intersection of the Trolley Trail, near a grassy area at the edge of the Institute for Advanced Study grounds. Turn LEFT onto Trolley Trail.
2.7 – Turn RIGHT on Fool’s Trail (a gravel bike path) to follow along an open field in Princeton Battlefield.
3.2 – Cross Mercer Road and walk across the grass to the Ionic Colonnade and stone gravemarker.
3.4 – Cross back over Mercer Road over to The Mercer Oak.
Walk towards the entrance road and parking lot.
Small park with multiple easy trails, a nature center, and a storybook loop.
5.2 miles, surface is dirt/roots with rocks. Minor stream crossings. Not much elevation change. No dogs.
Shorter: Extensive trail system for multiple shorter routes – a good option in the description below is to skip Haring and Seely, cutting out the south portion of the park, and take Allision straight to loop back via Little Chism. Roughly 3.4 miles.
Longer: Use RED/YELLOW off of Little Chism to get to the Long Path in Palisades Interstate Park (we’ve not done this.)
Our two cents: Trail system is good for short/beginner hikes. A seasonal StoryWalk® has pages from a children’s book at intervals along a trail. The route below has multiple bailout points to shorten. Avid hikers can consider adding a section of the Long Path but this requires busy road crossings. Also a nature center and rescued raptors (barred owls and a hawk). Significant road noise in the further reaches of the park and a brief walk in view of a highway on the southernmost portion of Little Chism.
Map: Print ahead or pick up in the nature center. The Hudson Palisades Trails map set shows the trails that link to this park for longer hikes.
Hike Directions: Overview: RED – PURPLE – YELLOW (Allison) – ORANGE (Haring Rock) – YELLOW/ORANGE (Seely) – RED (Little Chism) – WHITE/RED (Bischoff) – WHITE (DeFilippi) – YELLOW
0.0 – From the parking lot, walk down the main path, passing the YELLOW trail on the left, and turn RIGHT to start following RED.
There may be storybook pages attached to trees along the way.
0.3 – Start following PURPLE. [RED goes to the left.]
0.7 – Continue straight on PURPLE [BLUE is on the right].
In a bit, turn RIGHT to now follow YELLOW (Allison). [Yellow also goes left. Purple ends.]
1.0 – Turn RIGHT to now follow ORANGE (Haring Rock). [Shorter option: Continue on YELLOW (Allison) to meet up with RED (Little Chism) to cut out the Haring and Seely portion and shorten the hike by roughly 1.8 miles]
1.5 – Pass Haring Rock, a large glacial erratic. Turn LEFT and now follow YELLOW/ORANGE (Seely) as it parallels Rt 72.
1.8 – Now follow RED (Little Chism). [YELLOW/ORANGE (Seely) ends. YELLOW (Allison) is on the left].
[Shorter option: Instead, turn LEFT and start to follow YELLOW (Allison) – this ends up on RED (Little Chism) but is slighter shorter and doesn’t come into view of the road]
2.1 – RED (Little Chism) comes out of the woods and briefly follows along a very wide grassy shoulder in view of Rt 9W before popping back into the woods.
2.7 – Cross a stream near a small old dam (Dam/Iodine Lake on the map).
2.8 – Continue on RED (Little Chism) as it turns to the right and is briefly co-joined with YELLOW (Allison).
2.9 – Continue on RED (Little Chism) as YELLOW (Allison) veers away.
3.3 – Continue on RED (Little Chism) passing RED-YELLOW on the right, which leads to the Long Path.
3.8 – Cross the Main park road and now follow WHITE/RED (Bischoff).
[Shorter option: Turn LEFT and take the Main park road back.]
4.4 – Turn RIGHT and now follow WHITE (DeFilippi) [WHITE (DeFilippi) also continues straight].
The trail approaches Pfister’s Pond and then runs along it on a boardwalk to the DeFilippi Shelter.
4.6 – Turn RIGHT just after the shelter and cross the end of the pond.
4.7 – Just after the pond, turn RIGHT to now follow YELLOW along the other side of the pond.
[Shorter option: Skip YELLOW and continue straight back to the lot.]
YELLOW goes to a viewing platform at the other end of the pond, then curves back towards the nature center and parking lot.
Hunting: There is no hunting north of Pleasant Valley where this hike starts, but after crossing to south of Pleasant Valley Road, it is allowed in season. [See image gallery at www.njhiking.com]
Map: Print out the trail map before you go: sometimes there are maps in the kiosk at the trail head, sometimes not.
Books: Haven’t spotted this park in any books yet.
Parking:N40 22.946 W74 20.969
From the park’s website: Route 18 South. Go approximately 8-1/2 miles. Make a right at Maple Street. Park entrance is at the end of Maple Street. More directions on the park site.
Rest rooms: Around the back of the building by the playground.
There are now two small wooden signs for “TRAILS” with an arrow on the accessible parking signposts. We saw no indication that a trailhead even existed here. If you are facing the restroom building, look off to your right across the football field to see a trail kiosk.
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Hike Directions: Overview: Nature Trail (YELLOW) – Pleasant Valley Trail (WHITE) – Blueberry Flats (ORANGE) – Old Bridge Sands Trail (BLUE) – Pleasant Valley Trail (WHITE) – Nature Trail (YELLOW)
0.0 – Starting from the parking lot, by the playground and building, walk a paved path between one of the fields, towards the tree line and the trail kiosk.
0.2 – At the trailhead, start following the Nature Trail (YELLOW) straight. Continue on it as it very soon turns LEFT. It will cross over the main wide path (which is also Nature Trail (YELLOW) and is used on the return).
0.6 – Turn RIGHT and start following Pleasant Valley Trail (WHITE).
1.0 – Turn LEFT and now follow Blueberry Flats (ORANGE). [Pleasant Valley Trail (WHITE) continues to the right.]
Soon, just after a bridge, Blueberry Flats (ORANGE) splits. Veer LEFT and continue on Blueberry Flats (ORANGE) as it loops around. [Blueberry Flats (ORANGE) also goes to the right, which shortens the hike.]
1.6 – Continue following Blueberry Flats (ORANGE) as it turns RIGHT. [Pine Glen Spur (WHITE) is on the left]
1.8 – Turn LEFT and now follow Old Bridge Sands Trail (BLUE) as it goes over a small bridge. [Blueberry Flats (ORANGE) continues straight, and is a shorter way back. It meets up with this route at 4.1 miles below.]
2.1 – Continuing on Old Bridge Sands Trail (BLUE). [Unmarked Sand Trail is on the left]
2.4 – Cross Pleasant Valley Road, continuing on Old Bridge Sands Trail (BLUE).
2.9 – Turn LEFT and now follow Pleasant Valley Trail (WHITE). [Old Bridge Sands Trail (BLUE) ends. Pleasant Valley Trail (WHITE) also goes right and is a shorter way back.]
[Note: This small loop section of Pleasant Valley Trail (WHITE) is just OK and not as nice as the rest of the hike. It’s also a little confusing to follow. We include it because we like to hike as many miles as we can get at a park. You can bail here by turning RIGHT and continuing on Pleasant Valley Trail (WHITE) and when you arrive at the road again, continue the directions below at 3.9]
According to the map, pass an Unmarked Sand Trail – we did not notice it.
3.0 – The trail splits in a V and markers might hard to spot – veer LEFT to continue on Pleasant Valley Trail (WHITE). [Pleasant Valley Trail (WHITE) also veers right and connects to the loop later, reducing the route a little]
3.3 – Continue following Pleasant Valley Trail (WHITE) as it turns RIGHT. [Unmarked Sand Trail goes to the left]
3.7 – At a torn up, sandy area, where markers may not be obvious… continue straight on Pleasant Valley Trail (WHITE). [Pleasant Valley Trail (WHITE) connector is to the right but not obvious].
Shortly, turn LEFT and continue on Pleasant Valley Trail (WHITE). This intersection is really easy to miss as it’s overgrown and the trail appears to only go right. If you arrive at the BLUE trail again, you missed it.
3.9 – Continue following Pleasant Valley Trail (WHITE) as it crosses Pleasant Valley road.
4.1 – Continue following Pleasant Valley Trail (WHITE) as it turns LEFT. [Blueberry Flats (ORANGE) on the right]
4.5 – Continue following Pleasant Valley Trail (WHITE) until it ends at YELLOW. Turn RIGHT to follow the Nature Trail (YELLOW) back to the trail head. [Nature Trail (YELLOW) also goes left].
Hiked: 2/18/18. Used Orange to cut over; 1″ snow. ~2.7 miles.
Hiked: 3/5/17. Didn’t cross road, backtracked, and used Orange to cut over. ~3.8 miles.
Hiked: 3/15/15. Super soggy and cut it short. ~2.7 miles.
Hiked: 2/21/11. Trail Blog: “John A. Phillips Park – Old Bridge“
Organic, vegan, soy-free “cherries and berries” bar.
Total Value: $50
A mini-newspaper inside has codes for discounts if you are interested in getting more of the products.
The theme of this month’s box are brands that make a positive impact through sustainable practices and the main item is a Lifestraw Universal. This adaptor kit expands on the original Lifestraw filter idea (itself a great emergency item to keep in a pack) and lets you add a filter to almost any water bottle.
The kit comes with the straw and replaceable carbon filter insert (1000 gallon lifespan), 2 screw-on cap sizes, 2 different mouthpieces, and a cap cover:
The wide mouth cap fit perfectly on our Camelback Podium Chills. The instructions list major bottles like Camelback, Nalgene, Hydroflask, and Klean Kanteen but between the two caps it would likely fit anything.
Just push the filter into the cap, screw the cap on the bottle, and optionally add the cover… then safely drink from any fresh water source like streams, rivers, and lakes. Pretty cool.
While I was familiar with Lifestraw, Bee’s Wraps is a clever idea I’d never heard of. Instead of using plastic bags or wrap for sandwiches and snacks, these wax-infused fabric sheets are washable, reusable, and natural.
Wrap around food or cover a bowl then seal with the warmth of your hand. Great for trail food but also for packing lunch or keeping leftovers.
Our two cents: Standard north Jersey hiking. Brookside runs along a brook (but of course!) and is a good short-but-scenic option. The short Solar System trail is neat plus the observatory has the largest working telescope accessible to the public in NJ (info: NJAA). The group picnic area has a nice playground gym. Fun Fact: Voorhees served as a camp for the Civilian Conservation Corps (CCC).
Map: Print the map ahead. The park office is closed indefinitely but possibly has maps outside the door… forgot to check.
Books: None that we know of.
Parking:N40° 41.732′ W74° 53.350′
Rt 287 to Rt 78W exit 17. Merge onto Rt 31 N. R on 513 through High Bridge. Follow signs to the park. Entrance on left. Google might direct via exit 17 on Rt 78 and take back roads.
This route starts from the park office lot but you could also start from the Group Picnic lot a bit further down the park road.
Restrooms: At the park office, accessed from outside even though the office is not open; also at the group picnic area.
Hike Directions: Overview: Company Street – Highlands (TEAL Diamond) – Vista (PINK) – Solar System (PURPLE) – Hill Acres (BLUE) – Brookside (ORANGE) – Highlands (TEAL Diamond) – Company Street
Several trails are co-joined with Highlands along the way: Tanglewood, Cross Park, and Vista.
0.0 – Start following Company Street, an unmarked trail that starts at two display signs. If facing the front of the park office, they are off to the right behind the parking area.
Pass the foundation of an old building on the left.
0.1 – Turn LEFT to start following the Highlands (TEAL Diamond) (might not have been blazed here) – and walk along the park road for a bit.
Turn LEFT off of the park road to continue following Highlands (TEAL Diamond) (also Tanglewood at this point). [Brookside and Hollow are across the park road].
0.6 – At the Group Picnic Area, walk on the left side of the playground and cross the paved park road.
Walk across a wooden bridge to an intersection and turn RIGHT then immediately LEFT through an intersection to continue following Highlands (TEAL Diamond).
0.8 – Continue on Highlands (TEAL Diamond) past the end of Brookside (ORANGE) on the left.
1.7 – Just before a power line cut, Highlands (TEAL Diamond) turns right for a bit before crossing the cut.
2.0 – Turn LEFT to cross a park road (Hill Acres/Observatory Rd) to the Vista Trail kiosk. Now follow Vista (PINK) (co-joined with Highlands for a bit).
2.3 – Continue straight on Vista (PINK) where Highlands (TEAL Diamond) veers right to head out of the park.
Head uphill. The park map shows a viewpoint but it is seasonal and partially obscured.
Rock piles on either side of the trail are actually stone chairs – marked “George’s Thrones” on the map – and are a handy break spot after going uphill. Thanks, George!
3.3 – The Vista trail ends. Cross the park road and start following Solar System (PURPLE) on the left of the Observatory. There is a display sign for each planet and placed to scale to show the distance between them.
3.6 – Solar System (PURPLE) ends at a parking lot with a partially obscured viewpoint over Round Valley Reservoir.
Continue out of the parking lot and cross the road to start following Hill Acres (BLUE).
4.5 – Continue following Hill Acres (BLUE) through an intersection with Highlands (TEAL Diamond from earlier. [Option: turn right and take Highlands through the playground to retrace your steps.]
Hill Acres (BLUE) crosses the park road near a pavilion, then crosses it again.
4.6 – Hill Acres (BLUE) ends at Brookside (ORANGE). Turn RIGHT to now follow Brookside (ORANGE). The trail runs along a brook. Pass side trails to parking areas and an intersection with the Hollow trail.
5.1 – Brookside (ORANGE) ends. Turn LEFT and walk down the park road (Highlands) for a bit, then turn RIGHT on Company Street back to the parking lot.
Hiked: 1/21/18. Trailblog: “Icy Trails at Voorhees State Park“
Somehow we’d never gotten around to checking out Voorhees. It’s one of those parks we just kinda skipped due to lack of info waaaay back in the day*, and it just kind of stayed that way.
(*You know, the Hiking Dark Ages before everything was available online… when all you had was a hiking book with not all of the parks and maybe some vague topo maps… with no way of knowing if there was enough trail to be worth driving an hour and a half to a park… using a paper street map to find the trailhead before there was GPS and Google Maps…. the horror…)
At any rate, now with very nice park maps, we could plan a route and finally go check it out. It was “warmer” in the 40s which felt utterly balmy after the cold weather we’d been having.
But two steps onto the trail revealed they were solid ice. Hunh.
I’d checked the snow depth map and expected little if anything. Instead, the remaining spots of snow were packed and frozen solid, mixed with bare dirt that was clear-coated with ice.
Thankfully we keep our MICROspikes in our boot bag in the car. It would have been utterly miserable or not safe to hike without traction. I don’t know how many times the spikes have saved the day (or me from being sprawled on the ground) at this point.
The park is standard Jersey hiking and pleasant but without any big “destinations”. The viewpoints are partially-obscured, but you can sit in George’s Thrones (chairs made out of stone slabs). The Solar System trail is nifty and passes by an observatory.
We didn’t see anyone on the trail until coming back on Brookside. Even though it was softening up by then, people were still walking hesitantly so we might have a confused glance or two as we nonchalantly click-clicked on ice past them.
Route: Company Street – Highlands (TEAL Diamond) – Vista (PINK) – Solar System (PURPLE) – Hill Acres (BLUE) – Brookside (ORANGE) – Highlands (TEAL Diamond) – Company Street
Post-hike: Caramel macchiato – but with toffee nut instead of vanilla syrup – and an extra shot. Magic.
Short: 1.5 miles round trip (roughly). Coventry Pond trailhead is located at a smaller parking area just south of here. (We have not hiked this)
Updates 1/29/18 – Minor route updates at 3.7 and 5.6, thanks to Shelby M. for the info. 1/14/16 – minor updates to the description, park links, only Van Campens area re-hiked. 1/4/13 – The Pioneer trail was affected by construction, and the old houses shown in the photos and video along that trail been demolished. We’ve left the mile marker in the description, but it might not be obvious they were even there.
Map: Get the Kittatinny Trails. There is also a not-so-hot map at the link above. The GPX and Google Map don’t reflect the change at 5.6 miles below.
Parking:N41 04.449 W74 57.805 From Interstate 80 westbound take NJ Exit 1 and bear right to a 3-minute light which controls one-way alternating traffic. From this point, Millbrook Village is 12 miles north on a scenic route with views of the river.
Restrooms: Building located in the parking lot; also have seen porta-johns sometimes. The parking area for Van Campens Glen had a composting toilet as well. [See image gallery at www.njhiking.com]
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Hike Directions: Overview: Orchard (Orange) – Hamilton Ridge (Blue) – Pioneer (Orange) – Hamilton (Blue) – side trail to DePue Cemetery and return – YELLOW through Van Campens Glen – Unmarked trails
0.0 – The Orchard (ORANGE) trailhead is across the road from the driveway to the parking lot and is a little hard to spot. The trail heads uphill a bit, going through some fields being taken over by forest.
0.5 – Turn LEFT onto Hamilton Ridge (BLUE), now following BLUE. [Orchard (ORANGE) ends here] BLUE is a woods road with remnants of pavement.
1.3 – Turn RIGHT and now follow Pioneer (ORANGE). [Hamilton Ridge (BLUE) continues straight]
1.4 – Pass the remnants of a lime kiln on the right.
2.1 – The Delaware River is below, visible through the trees (with leaf cover… maybe not so much). Keep following Pioneer (ORANGE) as it turns left, following the river.
2.7 – Keep following Pioneer (ORANGE), a woods road. [This is where the abandoned buildings and vehicles used to be.]
3.5 – Continue straight but it is now blazed BLUE: The Hamilton Ridge (BLUE) comes in from the LEFT while Pioneer (ORANGE) ends here.
3.7 – Optional: Turn RIGHT for an easy-to-miss short spur trail to the tiny DePue Cemetery. Watch on the right for it where the gravel road bends left. The spur trail is at the start of a row of cement columns. [Update 1/2018: The cement columns replace a guardrail that is now gone. The turn is before the guard rail and had a rock by it but is still easy to miss.]
4.0 – The Hamilton Ridge (BLUE) ends at Old Mine Road. Cross the road, turn LEFT and walk down the shoulder until you arrive at the Van Campens Glen parking area on the RIGHT.
4.1 – Find the Van Campens Glen (YELLOW) trailhead at the end of the small parking lot by the trail kiosk and start following it as it hugs the side of the water. Pass pools of water and falls, climbing wooden stairs a few times. Very cool and shady.
The trail runs along the top of the gorge, with drops to the water below. Watch your step. At the end of the gorge, watch for YELLOW blazes that veer to the RIGHT, as the trail heads uphill and away from the water.
5.2 – Arrive at a “T” with a woods road. Turn LEFT. There were no markings when we hiked it. [the road is marked “Cut Off Road” on most maps]
Walk down the woods road until just before a bridge where you make a sharp RIGHT back onto the trail. Keep following the unblazed trail.
5.6 – Turn left and heads toward Old Mine Road, turn right onto the road, then walk down the road to the Watergate picnic area.
[1/2018 – The trail is too overgrown to continue under the power line cut, so we’ve changed the directions but have not re-hiked this ourselves. Walk under a power line cut. There may be a closure reroute due to a washed out bridge; if so, you should be able to turn left and heads toward Old Mine Road, turn right onto the road, then walk down the road to Watergate. Go over a small bridge and head into the grassy area of the Watergate Picnic Area. Walk straight into the picnic area and pick up the gravel path. ]
In the Watergate picnic area, pick up the gravel path. This will lead to the buildings of Millbrook Village. Continue following the path through the village and back to the parking lot.
Hiked: 10/18/15. Van Campens only.
Hiked: 5/1/11. Trail blog: “Millbrook and Van Campens Glen in Spring“
For detailed hike directions, maps, GPX, and more photos, visit our Perrineville Lake page.
Another frigid morning with temps in the teens so we headed over to the trails at Perrineville Lake Park so to bang out a quick 6.5 miles. We expected the trails to be muddy and wore our mid-cut waterproof boots but everything was frozen solid until the last bit of the hike.
The pond on Rocky Brook trail was all ice. With the sun blaring down on it, the ice started to crack and creak and pop. We stood listening for a few minutes because the noise was so odd – a cross between frogs and twanging metal wires.
Randomness: As we neared the turnaround point at the N. Rochelle lot, a truck that was parked in the lot suddenly decided to start driving on to the field. Because… why not. Assuming it was the owner.
Post-hike: We had to detour our the way home for a blonde vanilla latte. Kinda digging the new blonde espresso roast.
Forests, fields, and Perrineville Lake along two easy trails.
Our two cents: Nice to get a decent length hike in a relatively remote feeling area, but not something to drive real far for.
The fishing pond on Rocky Brook is more scenic since you can get to the edge of it (photo at top of this page). Perrineville Lake is seasonally visible. Trails skirt several fields which, while pretty, are not everyone’s idea of “hiking”.
6.5 miles, dirt, a few minor hills on Rocky Brook.
Shorter: Just do Lakeside Loop (1.5) or Rocky Brook (4.8 RT) or do less of Rocky Brook
Shorter: A separate 1-mile trail off of Baird Ave (did not do this)
Longer: Out-and-back on Quail Trail adds 1-mile but the trail was hard to spot in the snow so we removed our attempts at following it from the GPS data
Longer: Rocky Brook Trail has a link to Assunpink WMA
Restrooms: Porta-john in the Agress Rd. lot; none in the N. Rochelle lot.
Hike Directions: Trails in Monmouth County are marked by difficulty and not by color blazes, and all trails here are BLUE SQUARES. With just two trails it’s easy to follow.
The trails leave in different directions from this lot. We did the Lakeside Loop first and then Rocky Brook. I’ve split the directions up as many people will do one or the other and not both.
[See image gallery at www.njhiking.com]
Lakeside Loop: 0.0 – The trail starts at the kiosk. Follow the trail along the field.
0.1 – Splits; turn LEFT. Keep following the direction of the arrow on the marker posts.
0.6 – The trail turns right and heads into the woods. Perrineville Lake comes into view but may be harder to see when leaves are on the trees. The trail is above the lake and does not get right to the water’s edge.
1.4 – Follow the arrows to turn right, away from the water, and back along fields to the parking lot.
0.0 – From the parking lot, facing the road, walk RIGHT through the fencing into the field toward a hike post. Walk along the field to a fenced area to cross Agress Road. The trail runs near a house for just a bit.
1.6 – After entering the woods again from a field, pass the faint Quail Trail on the right.
[Well… we think it’s the Quail Trail – it was marked by orange thumbtacks we didn’t spot any markings this time so there is a good chance you’ll miss it. We didn’t hike it this time – last time we hiked it on the way back but the trail was not marked much and hard to follow in the snow so we bailed on it and removed the track from the GPS.]
1.8 – Pass a marker on the left for a side trail that leads to Assunpink WMA.
2.4 – Hike at the edge of a farm field before arriving at the parking area on N. Rochelle Road. Retrace the route back to the Agress lot.
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