Hiking The Paulinskill Valley

The 8th most popular hiking trail in New Jersey.

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Northwest of Dover near Andover in Kittatinny Valley State Park, the Paulinskill Valley Trail is a 27 mile hiking route. The trail travels through rural landscapes, northern deciduous forests and wetlands and towns in Warren and Sussex counties. At one point, it cuts under the majestic Hainesburg Viaduct, which was once part of the Erie Lackawanna Railroad system.

To reach the trailhead from US80, head north on SR94 for one mile. Turn right on Brugler Road. Turn right on Warrington Road crossing the Paulinskill River. The small parking area is on the left.

To reach an alternate parking area from US80, head north on SR206 for 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 trail is accessible from Footbridge Lane.

The Paulinskill Valley Trail follows the abandoned New York, Susquehanna, and Western Railroad right-of-way for 27 miles, beginning at Sparta Junction in Sussex County and terminating between Hainesburg and Columbia in Warren County. Mileage information is provided below:

Sparta Junction, Kastern Terminus, Sparta Township; 0.00/27.36

Limecrest Road Parking

Bridge #1, Lafayette Township 0.36/27.00

Bridge #2, Lafayette Township 0.83/26.53

County Route 623, Lafayette Township 0.84/26.52

Garrison Road, Lafayette, Township 1.62/25.74

Bridge #3, Lafayette Township 1.68/25.10

Sussex Branch Trail, Lafayette Township 2.24/25.12

County Route 663, Lafayette Township 2.28/25.08 Parking

Bridge #4, Lafayette Township 2.36/25.00

Route 94, Hampton Township 3.48/23.88

Route 206, Hampton Township 4.11/23.25

County Route 519, Halsey, Hampton Township 5.19/22.17

Downder Road, Hampton Township 5.36/22.00

Plotts Road, Hampton Township 7.26/20.10

County Route 622, Hampton Township 8.21/19.15 Parking

County Route 614, Stillwater/Fredon Township 10.57/16.79

Kohlbocker Road, Stillwater/Fredon Township 10.93/16.43

County Route 610, Stillwater/Fredon Township 11.73/15.63

Stillwater, Station Road, Stillwater/Fredon Township 12.36/15.00

Wall Street, Stillwater/Fredon Township 12.71/14.65

Cedar Ridge Road, Stillwater/Fredon Township 13.29 /14.07

Herfoot Road, Frelinghuysen Township 14.65/12.73

Stillwater Road, Frelinghuysen Township 15.05/12.31

Bridge #5, ,Frelinghuysen/Hardwick Township 16.12/11.24

Spring Valley Road, Hardwick Township 16.83/10.53 Parking

Bridge #6, Frelinghuysen/Hardwick Township 18.03/9.33

Bridge #7, Frelinghuysen/Hardwick Township 18.65/8.71

East Crisman Road, Blairstown Township 19.08/8.20

Bridge #8, Blairstown Township 19.23/8.13

Route 94, Blairstown Township 19.77/7.59 Parking

Foot Bridge Park, Blairstown Township 19.98/7.30

Lambert Road, Blairstown Township 21.94/5.42

Gwinnup Road, Blairstown Township 23.12/4.24

County Route 655, Blairstown Township 23.57/3.79

West Crisman Road, Blairstown Township 24.62/2.74

Bridge #9, Knowlton Township 24.94/2.42

Station Road, Knowlton Township 25.92/1.44

Erie Lackawanna Viaduct, Knowlton Township 26.19/1.17

Brugler Road, Knowlton Township 27.36/0.00

Overall, Paulinskill Valley is the 8th most popular hiking trail of all 29 hikes in New Jersey.


Local Contact(s):  Kittatinny Valley State Park (973) 786-6445; NJ Tourism (800) JERSEY7; Paulinskill Valley Trail Committee, (908) 684-4820.

Recommended Book:  "Hiking New Jersey" from Paul DeCoste

Best Season:  Any

Average Difficulty:  Moderate

Base Camp:  Hunters Lodge (908) 475-5119

Breakfast Restaurant:  Blairstown Diner

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

Date Published:  5/18/2016

Date Updated:  8/5/2016

ID:  6936

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