July 2017 (TR#15)
New Jersey have a number of state parks, trails and hikes. No wonder it is called the Garden State ! Thanks to this website – Alltrails – which gives fantastic information on all trails across the world !!
Green Trail of Cheesequake State Park (30th June 2017): This is my first trail in the US ! This is a 4.8 Kms loop trail near Matawan, New Jersey. The park ranger office at the start of the trail was very helpful. They have three trials – Red dot, Blue dot and Green dot with increasing levels of difficulty. I was pleasantly surprised by the way they have maintained it. The trails are well marked and chances of you getting lost is very slim. If you get lost, they have emergency number to call. I completed this trail in close to 1 hour.
Sourland Mountain Ride Loop : This Sourland Mountain Ridge Inner Loop Trail is a 3.8 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Hillsborough Township, New Jersey that features a river and is rated as moderate. More information regarding the Sourland Mountain Preserve can be found out here. There are 3 trails – Circle, Triangle and Square with the increasing order of difficulty.
I really enjoyed this hike. It was quite steep with rocky road. You can hear a lot of birds. I saw a deer and a woodpecker on the way. It took about 1.5 hours. I came across a number of hikers on the way.
Washington Valley Park Trail : Washington Valley Park Trail is a 5.2 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Martinsville, New Jersey that features a lake and is rated as moderate. This has a very nice lake view and you can see a number of water birds. We did the “Red Dot” trail of about 8 Kms in about 2 hours.