Friday, August 19, 2016

Hacklebarney State Park

Hacklebarney State Park is a small but beautiful park located in Chester, Morris County, New Jersey.

For more information about the park and to get a trail map, visit the New Jersey Division of Parks and Forestry here.

The trails here are quite short; the longest trail is the Riverside Trail at 1.8 miles, but all the rest are less than a mile.  We started our hike on the Main Trail and then veered off onto the Riverside Trail, which travels along the edge of the park and down along the Black River.  Before getting down near the river, the trails are semi-paved and gravel.

Trout Brook
Once you get down to the Black River, much of the trail is large rocks and we really had to slow down and watch our footing.  The area is so pretty, though!

Black River

Rocky trail along the Riverside Trail
Once we reached the end of the Riverside Trail, we got onto the Windy Ridge Trail, which, coming up from the river, is a pretty steep climb in some places.  This trail was really quiet and tucked into the woods.

Windy Ridge Trail

This park had some cool features; there were picnic tables at many places along the trail, including down by the river.  It would be a beautiful place to have lunch.  There are also benches at various scenic locations. 

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