Appalachian Trail

Short Walks on the Long Trail

Ready for a short walk (sneakers only). Photo by Frank Bell.

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.

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 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.

The Trail lifts near Sunrise Mountain then peaks over the top. Photos by Frank Bell.

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.

Sunfish Pond. (Wikipedia)

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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20 Nov 2015, 04:26
I'm interested in section hiking this summer for completion of the AT this summer. I'm from NJ. Any takers?
19 Sep 2015, 12:56
Parked on 565 today went north on da AT crossed a dirt road near a day camp then went up&up, did not want it to end but getting OLD! We'll pick up where we left off.
09 Jul 2015, 12:53
Bears are a problem on the AT in NJ. I ran into two of them in Wawayanda. They were not Yogi and Boo Boo.
25 Jun 2015, 05:40
Anyone can suggest a moderate to strenuous trail in northern n.j. for a full one day hike, (being on trail for 5-7 hours) one way travel only.
Art Brennan
28 Nov 2014, 16:48
Michael Boron
Where in New Jersey?
Have you walked the NJ part yet?
Let me know
Charles Klemka
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 thanks kidding and please be sincere.
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!
Michael Boron
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 it is for people who hike or want to hike the AT- a lot of good info. there. I hope that helps.\r\n\r\nHappy Trails!
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.
Mark Rooney
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 below to maps \r\n\r\nRegards and Peace...
Jimmy Daniele
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 wonderful. \r\nSolo
Kate McLaughlin
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 notebooks.\r\n\r\nThanks.\r\nBrian
rao kasinadhuni
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 @
ted streba
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 Trail)\r\n
Mike Wright
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\ 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.
Jay Elkins
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.
Rhyan Nelson
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!
Jay Elkins
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.
Mary Jasch
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.
Len Nowak
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 - - they have excellent maps too.
Ana Beltran
31 Jul 2009, 12:23
Can I bring my dog along with me? Can I have a phone number where to call?\r\n
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 please/
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\
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 & rates.\r\nJohn
Jay E.
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
Michael Gooch
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
Michael Mattern
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
Matt K.
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.
Joshua Lwftwich
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 Thanks,\r\n Josh.L
Marge Dunnican
19 Mar 2008, 14:04
Is the trail safe for mother and 16 and 17 yr old girls in July for 7 days
rocio andrade
05 Feb 2008, 05:26
I am looking for hiking instructions for my family and I.
Hank Schoeffel
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!
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