Hiking in Musconetcong Gorge Preserve
New Jersey › Musconetcong Gorge Preserve
Added by Brian Scott Wiebel
Hike past many small cascades in this green, rocky gorge...the waterfalls are best after a heavy rain, otherwise the rocky stream can be more of a trickle.
Start out on Ridge Trail (yellow blazes), found at the rear of the parking lot. Shortly, you will come to a stream crossing, followed by a set of wooden steps. Just before the next stream, turn left following the white blazes. This section of the trail makes a moderately rocky descent, as it follows the stream downhill.
Around 2 miles in, you will reach a gravel path, where you will turn right as you follow the rail line, no longer in use. There is a waterfall, here, visible from the trail. In about a mile, turn left onto the Railroad Trail (red blazes).
A half-mile later you will reach a somewhat confusing intersection. Follow the orange and blue blazes towards a series of waterfalls. Spend some time exploring this area and taking photos!
When you're ready to head back, cross the stream and follow the blue and orange blazes as they ascend out of the gorge. Keep left at the next two trail splits, continuing on Nature Trail (blue blazes) back to the parking lot.
NOTE: Look out for poison ivy along these trails!
- Trail map (trail markings sometimes unclear)
- Hiking shoes
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Nice Little Spot
Not too scenic but a good variety of terrain and a couple good spots to see. If you want to kill 2 hours on a solid loop hike, give this a try. I went in spring and will return in the fall as it is probably gorgeous when the leaves start changing.
Enjoyable Beginner Hike
Took my dog for a hike here last month, while the gorge was frozen over. Pretty easy for most of the trail. Some of the trails up the hill were challenging for my dog. It was an enjoyable way to get some exercise close to home. Wouldn't recommend coming far out of your way for it though.
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