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Hike the Coppermines Trail

Hardwick, New Jersey

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Distance: 10.2 miles roundtrip. Streams, small waterfalls, and green, swampy landscape. Ridgeline views of the Delaware Water Gap area.

Start out on the Coppermines Trail (red blazes), across Old Mine Road. For a short excursion, head left on an unmarked trail for 0.2 mile to see a few small waterfalls, then turn around when the trail ends at a closed mine entrance.

Continue on Coppermines Trail. The trail will eventually turn to switchbacks, leading to a number of waterfalls in an open area. When you come to a junction with the Kaiser Spur Upper Trail, continue on Coppermines by turning left. At the next junction, turn left onto the Appalachian Trail (AT, white blazes).

At 4.7 miles you will reach the Catfish Fire Tower. You can stop here for lunch, or at any of the many viewpoints along the way. In about 0.2 mile, the AT will turn left.

Shortly afterwards, you will turn left, off the AT, onto a gravel road, heading towards Rattlesnake Swamp Trail. Turn left at a signpost marking this trail (orange blazes). At a T-intersection, turn right to Camp Mohican. When you reach the camp, keep left on a gravel road, passing through camp and by a parking lot, to eventually rejoin with the AT.

Finally, turn right onto the Coppermines Trail to head back to the car.

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