As Chairman of the Warren County Board of Recreation Commission, I invite you to join us on a roughly five mile hike on the completed existing section of the Warren Highlands Trail, a trail that when complete will stretch across Warren County to connect with the main branch of the Highlands Trail!
We will be meeting at 4 PM at the Stryker's Crossing mini mall located at the northwest corner of Rt 57 and Stryker Road. Park close to Rt 57 sign. Look for the red Stratus with "Metrotrails" written on the doors.
The hike will be 6 miles, but there may be the possibility of a longer standard night hike that will be a full 15 miles to finish around 10 pm.
We will shuttle in as few cars as possible to the other side of Marble Hill where the trail first enters the preserve.
I laid out the trail system myself, and cleared and blazed the route personally with the help of five volunteers.
The route turns away from a gas pipeline to steadily climb Marble Hill using an old mining road. We'll briefly detour from the WH Trail to visit the old Fulmer Iron Mine, a thirty foot deep mine from the late 1800s.
We'll then pass by an overlook of Little Water Gap, and continue on the trail through woods. I laid out the trail to pass by the largest and loveliest trees in the preserve.
We'll exit the woods into a field section with lovely views of Lopatcong and Harmony Township, and Harker's Hollow. The trail descends to more woods and comes out on a newly completed section to Belvidere Road. It follows the road for a short distance, then turns into more fields in the newest section to Farmer's Fairgrounds.
The trail passes over a little stream and skirts fields to it's end point.
Along the way, we pass through Marble Hill Natural Resource Area, Lopatcong Park, Marble Hill State Park, Geiger Tract County Park, and Farmer's Fairgrounds.
When completed, the Warren Highlands Trail will continue beyond the fairgrounds into the Harker's Hollow State Park piece, then into Merril Creek Reservoir Nature Preserve. It is also proposed to connect from here through to Hoff-Vanetta Farmstead in the future.
The trail continues east on back roads to Roaring Rock Park, followed by more state park land, then West Oxford Mountain County Park. The trail will pass by historic Oxford Furnace and Shippen Manor, then follow the abandoned right of way of the Warren Railroad, part of the Delaware, Lackawanna, and Western Railroad's old main line. It will leave the railroad bed in Buttsville and pass through Pequest Wildlife Management Area, then follow a road walk to an existing section on Jenny Jump Mountain. The trail was completed by NJ/NJ Trail Conference from there to Ghost Lake. From that point, the trail will continue to Allamuchy Township, follow a short section of Lehigh and Hudson River Railroad's right of way, then pass through Allamuchy Township park property to the Panther Valley Private Open Space Land Holdings. The trail will continue from here to more municipal land, then state park land to Rutherford Hall, owned by Allamuchy Board of Education. The trail then piggybacks on existing trails through Allamuchy Mountain to reach existing Highlands Trail near Saxton Falls.
For further questions, contact M'ke Helbing at[masked]