Short hike with a butterfly garden plus a side trip for viewpoints over pretty marshland.
2.5 miles, roots and a little hilly but mostly easy. The WHITE Trail is the only bike trail in the park, so you may be sharing the trail. Arrowsmith add-on section is easy.
- Shorter: Only do the WHITE Trail: 1.7 miles or Arrowsmith: 0.8
- Longer: Drive to the New Landing and Sandpit picnic areas for unmarked trails to more marshy viewpoints. Adds about 0.8 each.
- Longer: Head over to the hikers parking lot and add in another hike such as the Green Trail or a loop with Yellow, Blue, and Green.
Our two cents:
Nice short hike with some minor hills to keep it interesting. This is multi-use but we didn’t run into bikes.
Arrowpoint has a few pretty views over the marshes and is very short and easy. Downside: prominent road noise due to the proximity to the Parkway.
Ranger station and interpretive center should have park maps or print it out ahead from the park site.
Note: The WHITE trail is slightly longer on older maps. The trail kiosk at the trailhead showed the longer version but the trail is blazed for the shorter version.
The longer loop can be followed if you are comfortable following a map and going without blazes. The GPX file contains both routes, as well as unmarked trails at two other picnic areas.
These trails aren’t in any book we know of.
Parking: N40° 26.311′ W74° 15.651′ [WHITE trail lot]
From the Garden State Parkway, take exit 120, follow brown state park signs. Or take Rt 34 to Cheesequake-Morristown Road and turn onto Gordon Rd, and follow into park.
Pass the gate and the ranger station, then the hikers parking on the left. At the T, turn right and the small WHITE trail lot will be on the right shortly. It holds about 7-8 cars.
Arrowsmith lot: N40° 26.573′ W74° 15.686′
For the 2nd hike, Turn RIGHT out of the WHITE trailhead lot and follow the park road around, following signs for Spring Hill picnic area. The parking area is on the right side just past a restroom building and the trail is at the far right corner of the lot.
Restrooms at ranger station at park entrance, and at picnic areas like Spring Hill.
WHITE trail – There is only one trail in this area, follow the WHITE blazes. Shortly after starting, the trail splits left and right but it’s a loop so either way is fine. The butterfly garden requires a side trip off the trail.
Arrowsmith Viewing Area – Drive to the Spring Hill picnic area parking. The trail starts at the far end of the parking lot. The wide easy path has views over the marsh.
At the end, it branches off left and right – both are short dead-ends to more viewing areas. Retrace when done.
Optional if you want to explore more of the park:
New Landing picnic area – an unmarked trail leads past the bathroom towards picnic areas and a pavilion for more marsh views.
Sandpit picnic area – another short unmarked trail past picnic areas for more marsh views.