Allamuchy Pond Trail

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Allamuchy Pond
Short out-and-back hike through a pretty forest along Allamuchy Pond.

2.8 miles, surface ranges from easy to some rocks and roots. Very slight uphill grade.

Our two cents:

Enjoyable short hike that is easily accessed from Rt. 80. Bonus: After, stop at the scenic overlook about a mile further east on Rt 80 for a view of the Water Gap in the distance.
View of the Gap from Overlook

We hiked the full trail loop around the pond but don’t recommend this as it requires a long road walk on the shoulder of busy Rt 517.

Map:

Jersey Highlands Trails or the park map. Follow along on your smartphone with our Interactive Map linked above.

Books:

None that we know of. Other routes in Allamuchy can be found in 60 Hikes Within 60 Miles: New York City, Hiking the Jersey Highlands, and the 1998/2006 version of 50 Hikes in New Jersey.

Parking: N40.91377° W74.81599°

Rt 80 West to Exit 19. L on Rt 517. Straight through the light. L into the driveway for Mountain Villa/Rutherfurd Hall (large sign). Quick R on a narrow driveway to a small dirt lot.

Restrooms:

None. Continue on Rt 517 a bit past the turn for the trailhead to stores and a gas station on the right side.

Hike Directions:

Overview: Allamuchy Pond (SILVER w/Rutherfurd Hall line drawing)

0.0 – Facing the pond and trail kiosk, turn LEFT to start following Allamuchy Pond (SILVER).
Allamuchy Pond trailhead
View of Allamuchy Pond from the trailhead
Allamuch Pond Trail marker
The trail exits the woods and crosses a lawn behind Rutherfurd House. Pass a boat dock and bench.
Grassy area long Allamuchy Pond
Rutherfurd House
Bench along the pond
Dock at the pond
0.4 – Cross a wooden bridge.
Bridge
View of the pond from the bridge
Fall foliage in full swing
Where the trail splits – keep LEFT to start heading gently uphill.

[The nature trail to the right runs closer to the pond but eventually becomes too overgrown to follow.]

The trail is pleasant with some very large old trees. Eventually the trail moves away from the pond.
Bridge on Allamuchy Pond
Pretty trail
Tree with center hollowed out
1.4 – The T-intersection is the turnaround point – retrace the route back to the parking lot. (We noticed no markers).

To extend the hike:
–LEFT at this intersection leads to the Allamuchy – Deer Park section.

–RIGHT at this intersection is the continuation of the Allamuchy Pond Trail – not recommended.
Beautiful foliage
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Hiked: 10/26/19.