Hike that includes a view of the Delaware River and passes old farm buildings and the Kuser Estate House.
8.1 miles. Easy to moderate trail surface; minor elevation change. Some muddy/rutted trail sections due to use by bikes/horses. The trail is mostly hard packed earth, with some rocky areas.
- Shorter: Lots of options to cut this shorter by doing small loops in the main part of the park.
- Medium: A nice 4.2 mile loop – turn around at the farm buildings and then skip ahead; noted in the description below.
- Nearby: Fiddlers Creek Preserve is also from this lot and Goat Hill Overlook is 1 mile round trip to a scenic view. (About 10-15 min. away by car).
Our two cents:
This park is more suited for shorter loops from one of the many parking areas; we stitched a bunch of trails together in order to see most of the park.Updates: 6/2018 – Added link to a map on park site that wasn’t there before (Map 1) and updated Map 2 link. These versions show fewer trails in Honey Hollow area than older maps (map 3,4) so the description below may be affected.
11/9/15 – Directions revised and route modified slightly; photos added; revised GPX. Note: Some of the farm buildings have been demolished since the video was taken.
Print out the trail map(s) ahead. Not sure if the visitor center has maps, we’ve never seen it open. If you use a smartphone, try the handy georeferenced PDF map created by Hidden Trenton.
Different routes are in 60 Hikes Within 60 Miles: Philadelphia and Best Day Hikes Near Philadelphia. Some info and history of the area can be found on njskylands.com. (scroll down a bit for Baldpate).
Parking: N40 19.094 W74 53.425
There are 5 access points listed on the map, which are described on the park page. 95S to Exit 1 for 29N/River Road. This route uses the first lot on Fiddlers Creek Road off of Rt 29.
There is signage for the lot; ignore the main driveway to the park right before it. This lot is also for Fiddlers Creek Preserve.
None in the parking lot. The map shows restrooms at the visitor center, which is 1.3 miles up the blue trail or if you park at the main lot instead. Unsure of their availability – we’ve run into them open only once.
A somewhat nearby alternative is to use the restroom at Washington Crossing Park: N40 17.915 W74 52.127 This is passed on Route 29N/River Rd. on the way.
At the intersection of Route 29N/River Rd. and Washington Crossing Pennington Rd, turn LEFT onto Washington Crossing Pennington Rd. Then a very quick RIGHT onto River Dr. and another RIGHT into the parking area – there is a restroom building at the end of the lot.
0.0 – Start following BLUE (Summit) just beyond the trail kiosk. Trail is immediately very pleasant, level at first and then heads up through dense forest with very tall trees.
0.4 – Climb steeply up stone “steps”.
0.8 – Cross the park road and and jog slightly left to continue on BLUE (Summit) which may not be marked at this intersection. The park buildings are ahead on the left.
[Optional: check out the buildings, and perhaps the visitor center and restrooms will be open. Return to this spot to continue. This will affect the mileage in the description depending on how much you wander around.]
Veer RIGHT to follow BLUE (Summit) along a mowed path. Once down the mowed path a bit, there should be a BLUE marker.
1.0 – BLUE (Summit) ends, turn LEFT and start following WHITE (Ridge). [WHITE (Ridge) also goes right].
1.1 – There are several picnic tables and a viewing scope in a mowed grassy area, overlooking the Kuser Mansion and orchard. The Delaware River can be seen on a clear day.
Continue following WHITE (Ridge), veering to the right across the open grassy area towards the woods. There may not be markers until back into the woods.
1.2 – Turn RIGHT to start following RED (NW Loop). Shortly, Pass YELLOW (Switchback) on the left.
1.6 – At an unmarked junction, turn RIGHT and continue following RED (NW Loop), though there may not be a lot of blazes. [The trail goes straight also, but there are “this is not a trail” signs posted.]
2.2 – Turn RIGHT and continue following RED (NW Loop). [WHITE (Pleasant Valley) continues and leads to another parking area.]
2.4 – Turn LEFT and start following WHITE (Ridge Trail). [RED (NW Loop) ends.]
2.5 – Old farm buildings and a nice place for a break. Some of the buildings have been demolished since we last were here. There is a little pond that is not really visible until you walk over to it, it’s by the old well and a little building.
When done with the buildings, continue on the WHITE (Ridge). This trail is mostly easy and level with some wide muddy spots if it’s rained a lot.
[Shorter 4.2-mile option: stop here and start to head back, picking up the description where the farm buildings are passed, just below 7.2 below]
3.6 – Turn RIGHT and now follow ORANGE (Copper Hill). [WHITE (Ridge) continues straight]. The ORANGE trail heads steeply downhill over some loose rocks, then levels off and is muddy in sections.
3.9 – The remains of a house’s stone chimney are off to the right. Continue on ORANGE (Copper Hill).
Shortly, pass BLUE (Creek Spur) on the right (leads to a parking lot on Fiddlers Creek Rd).
4.2 – At the junction of RED (Honey Hollow) and ORANGE (Copper Hill), turn RIGHT and start following RED (Honey Hollow). Note: the network of trails in the “Honey Hollow” area can be confusing.
4.4 – Continue following RED (Honey Hollow). Pass BLUE (Kuser) on the left, and in just a bit again on the right.
4.6 – Continue on RED (Honey Hollow) past ORANGE (Stone Bridges) on the left, and then past the overgrown ORANGE (Cedar Grove) on the right. There is an unmarked trail in there too. The trail is co-joined RED and ORANGE for a bit.
Turn RIGHT and continue following RED (Honey Hollow). [ORANGE (Cedar Grove) continues straight].
RED (Honey Hollow) follows along a small stream area and loops around.
4.8 – Turn RIGHT to start following ORANGE (Cedar Grove). There may not be an obvious marker here. If you get to a bridge, you missed the turn. [RED (Honey Hollow) continues over the stream on a bridge and leads to a parking area on Church Rd.]
5.0 – Start following BLUE (Kuser) straight. [Orange (Cedar Grove) is to the right.] BLUE (Kuser) had a LOT of tree blowdowns to clamber around and through.
5.1 – Turn LEFT and now follow RED (Honey Hollow). [BLUE (Kuser) continues]
5.3 – Turn RIGHT and start following ORANGE (Copper Hill) back uphill. [ORANGE (Copper Hill) also goes left and is the way you came down.]
6.0 – Arrive at a parking area for Pleasant Valley Rd. Turn LEFT and now follow WHITE (Ridge). [WHITE (Ridge) also goes right.] There may not be white markers anywhere or even much along the trail.
Retrace the route on WHITE (Ridge), passing the farm buildings again and the RED (NW Loop) on the right.
7.2 – Turn LEFT to follow the gravel road around. [WHITE (Ridge) continues straight].
7.3 – Turn LEFT and now follow BLUE (Summit), retracing the route downhill to the parking lot.
Hiked: 5/26/12. Trail Blog: “Baldpate Mountain – Summit, Ridge, and Honey Hollow“
Hiked: 8/16/09. Trail Blog: “Baldpate Mountain in August“