Short, pleasant loop through pinelands along the bluffs by the Maurice River.
2.6 miles. Easy. Trail surface is soft, pine needle covered, rock free, and somewhat sandy.
We did this trail in about an hour and that was with stopping for photos and video, and you don’t need any hiking gear with this trail except maybe a bottle of water.
*Update Nov 2010 – There is a new trail added to the system here, that is not on the map provided here or is included in the description below.
Map: The Nature Conservancy manages this park and was nice enough to email us a trail map.
Books: Relatively new trail – haven’t seen this in any book yet.
Parking: N39 21.187 W75 02.206
Directions can be found here. From central Jersey, this is about a 2-hr drive. It’s a super short trail, so keep that in mind and perhaps combine it with another trail in the area such as Peek’s Preserve or Parvins State Park.
Restrooms: None. This is a rural area and services like gas stations are a little spread out… so plan ahead.
Hike Directions: Head into the woods from the lot, and almost immediately take a LEFT at the T-intersection, which is BLUE.
.1 miles – Take the RED trail straight. BLUE goes to the right.
.6 miles – Turn RIGHT onto a woods road, which also continues to the left and will end up at the road.
.8 miles – Go straight to WHITE trail for a loop by the river. The RED trail goes to the right. Follow WHITE around, down a small hill, to where there is just strip of land with water on both sides, then turn back and loop around.
1.3 miles - End up where you picked up the WHITE to start with, at the junction with RED. Turn LEFT onto RED, head down a slight hill and make a quick RIGHT.
1.7 miles – RED trail ends at the BLUE trail. Turn LEFT onto BLUE (it also goes straight)
2.0 miles – Follow the BLUE trail straight down some wooden stairs. It also goes right here, believe that it an alternate route.
2.2 miles - Follow the trail down and go out on the floating dock. You can get a nice view of the river from there.
Follow the BLUE trail from the dock along a woods road. Be sure to keep off the private residence, it’s posted. The woods road is not marked BLUE much, and passes an old truck, the remains of a building, and a field before arriving back at the lot.
Hiked: 11/15/09. Trail Blog: “Maurice River Bluffs and Parvins State Park“