Hiking The Sussex Branch Trail

The 10th most popular hiking trail in New Jersey.

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Northwest of Dover near Andover in Kittatinny Valley State Park, the Sussex Branch Trail is a 20 mile hiking route shared by hikers, bikers and equestrians. This 20-mile trail skirts swamps, lakes, fields and several small communities. Since the trail's existence is so closely tied to its former use as a railroad, the right-of-way contains significant cultural features including created cuts, fills, grading and bridge abutments. The flat cinder base of the trail permits multiple uses including hiking, horseback riding, biking, cross-country skiing and dog sledding.

To reach the park from Route 80, take Route 206 north approximately 7 miles to Andover Borough and turn right onto County Route 669 (Limecrest Road). Park entrance is 1.1 miles ahead on the left.

The 21.2 mile Sussex Branch Trail begins at Waterloo Road, one mile west of Route 206 in Byram, and intersects with the Paulinskill Valley Trail at Warbasse Junction turn just north of Newton before terminating further north in Branchville. Heading southwest through Fredon, Stillwater, and Blairstown, the 26 mile Paulinskill Trail ends near the Delaware River at the Columbia Lake Wildlife Management Area in Knowlton Township.

Overall, Sussex Branch Trail is the 10th most popular hiking trail of all 29 hikes in New Jersey.

Sussex Branch Trail Hiking Map



Local Contact(s):  Kittatinny Valley State Park (973) 786-6445; NJ Tourism (800) JERSEY7.

Recommended Book:  "Hiking New Jersey" from Paul DeCoste

Best Season:  Any

Average Difficulty:  Easy

Base Camp:  Hunters Lodge (908) 475-5119

Breakfast Restaurant:  Blairstown Diner

Reference Source:  click here http://www.state.nj.us/dep/parksandforests/

GPS:  40.98, -74.96

Date Published:  5/18/2016

Date Updated:  7/31/2016

ID:  14018

Sussex Branch Trail Hiking Map


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