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Sterling Forest – Bare Rock and Fire Tower

Sterling Forest - Bare Rock

Enjoy big views of Greenwood Lake from Bare Rock and a 360° panorama from Sterling Forest’s fire tower.

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 Fire Tower and the Batona Trail

View from Apple Pie Hill Fire Tower

The view from the fire tower makes this pine barrens hike very unique.

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