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Sterling Forest – Bare Rock and Fire Tower

Sterling Forest - Bare Rock

This loop takes in the Bare Rock Trail, an overlook of Greenwood Lake, 360 degree views from a fire tower, plus a few other viewpoints. You can also check out the remains of the Sterling Furnace.

Delaware Water Gap: Coppermines – Rattlesnake Swamp


Detailed hike info and directions on our Coppermines – Rattlesnake Swamp page. For summer holiday weekends, we prefer to head away from the shore and the associated crowds/traffic. After poking around our stack of maps, Rattlesnake Swamp caught my eye. We’d done the trail probably a good 6 or 7 yrs ago, maybe more, and [...]

Stephens State Park

Stephens State Park

A long route on mostly woods roads to a fire tower, or take it easy with short trails, picnic tables and playgrounds.

Stephens State Park – White Loop and Fire Tower


Detailed hike info and directions on our Stephens State Park page. Decided to check out Stephens State Park once we stumbled on a trail map that showed the potential for long loops here. This park is located right next to Allamuchy State Park, which we’d been to before, but we’d skipped Stephens because the official [...]

Hank’s Pond – Bearfort Fire Tower

Hank's Pond

Moderate trail surface, some woods road, some rocky outcrops. Minor elevation change in a couple spots, minor scrambles.

Hanks Pond – Bearfort Fire Tower

Hank's Pond

Hike to Hanks Pond and Bearfort Fire Tower in the Pequannock Watershed, passing some interesting rocky outcrops along the Fire Ridge Trail.

Apple Pie Hill – Wharton State Forest

View from Apple Pie Hill Fire Tower

For detailed hike directions, maps, photos and GPS coordinates, visit our Apple Pie Hill page. 8.4 miles. Easy, level trail surface through the Pine Barrens in Wharton State Forest. Follow the Batona Trail (PINK blazes) from the Carranza Memorial to Apple Pie Hill and back. Was warm and sunny, upper 80′s. This hike has strong [...]

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