Hike to the Hidden Lockatong Waterfall

Stockton, New Jersey

based on 11 reviews



2 miles

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Added by Pawel Bednarski

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! 

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Hike to the Hidden Lockatong Waterfall Reviews

do go there, trash is left everywhere, always tons of people.

trail begins with tall grass- wear bugspray. It's about a 25 minute trail - keep left at the fork in the trail about 5 minutes in... you'll hike downward once you're close to the water. It wasn't too crowded. When we got there there was only one person, but YOU NEED WATER SHOES to swim, as the rocks are very jagged and slippery. By the time we left a few more groups showed up, but nothing crazy. Our kids (10 & 7) loved it, especially the small falls leading up to the swimming hole.

After about 2 days of rain, my boyfriend and I went to check out the falls (best time for viewing a waterfall, after rain of course) and no one else was there. Very quiet spot. Hike to the falls was very muddy, but that’s to be expected after heavy rain and the falls made the trek absolutely worth it! Be sure to go after it rains for a spectacular view of the falls. Relatively easy climb down to a close view and walk along the creek

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