Hike to the Hidden Lockatong Waterfall

Lockatong Nature Preserve Turnoff

Lockatong is a secluded spot and most of the time there's not many people and a great spot to take a dip during a summer's day. It's also a good spot to go cliff jumping, even though the drop is tiny.

If you're on Kingwood Stockton Road, there will be a dirt road with a Lockatong Nature Preserve sign before it (going north on Kingwood Stockton Road, the sign will be on your left. If you're driving south, the sign will be on your right). Just drive all the way until the end of the dirt road and park where you wish. There will be one trail and you have to follow the trail all the way until you reach your destination. The trail is roughly a mile long, at most a 15-minute walk.

This spot is usually empty, or if not, you shouldn't encounter too many people. Most people go to this waterfall to enjoy the swimming hole and the little (about 10 foot) cliff jump. The water is deep enough to jump in so don't worry. The best things about this spot is how secluded it is, you're basically alone with your friends/ family and nature. Not to mention, the place is beautiful when you get to it. It's truly relaxing and you don't have to swim to enjoy the beauty of this creek. 

The downside of the walk to this creek is that it gets really muddy. Be prepared and it's probably best you shouldn't wear your new shoes when going here. Another downside is that during summer there's a good amount of ticks on the trail. Bug spray wouldn't hurt and I recommend checking yourself when you get home that night. Other than that, go have a  look for yourself what this place is about. Enjoy! 

Pack List

  • Camera
  • Snacks
  • Water
  • Swim suit
  • Towel
  • Bug spray
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RT Distance 2 Miles
Activities Chillin, Photography, Swimming, Hiking
Skill Level Beginner
Season Spring, Summer
Trail Type Out-and-Back
Features
Forest
Picnic Area
Wildlife
Cliff Jumping

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Summer Swim

Amazing little spot. You hike for about 15 to 20 minutes until you end up at the water. The swimming area isn’t huge, but perfect for just a couple friends. The surrounding area has great places to hike and explore, as well as a fire pit.

Unclear Location

This is the bit that I find confusing: "If you're on Kingwood Stockton Road, there will be a dirt road with a Lockatong Nature Preserve sign before it" Kingwood Stockton Road is a VERY long road and I am not sure where on this road to find the preserve sign. GPS coordinates?

Relaxing

Great trip, and peaceful spot. There was some trash along the trail and by the waterfall, and watch out for broken glass.


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