Small park in Hunterdon County with a nice overlook and a trail by the Musconetcong River.
Mileage: 3.0 miles. Steep rocky incline that quickly arrives at the overlook – 180° panorama of the surrounding hills, valleys and farmland (935’ elevation).
This route then follows the ridge, skirts the edge of a wheat field, re-enters the woods and follows the river back to your car.
- Really Short: It’s only about .5 mile up to the overlook… go up and then just come back down for a brisk 1-miler with a great payoff.
- Shorter: The Riverwalk trail (BLUE) follows the river. Could make an under 2 mile scenic loop or so with that.
- Longer: Check our post, “Point Mountain Reservation – Mountain Top Road“, for a 9.7 mile route from Mountain Top Road that goes through the south, central and north sections.
Updated June 2013: Removed the directions for the overgrown section, and updated the trail description in general; which revises this hike from 3.7 miles to 3.
Update August 2012: The Riverwalk trail (BLUE) was overgrown when we hiked this in 2009, and recent reports indicate it’s worse. Best bet is to skip that section.
Can be found on the Hunterdon Park System site, see links above – the resources are in two sections: Central/South and North.
Since we hiked this park originally in early 2009 the maps have been updated to match the colored blazes on the trail. The trail kiosk had a place for maps, but was empty the day we came – best bet is to print it from the site.
A similar route to the one described here can be found in Hiking the Jersey Highlands.
Parking: N40 45.966 W74 54.614
Rt 287 to 78 W to 31 N – visit the park page for detailed directions. There is a small parking lot and a trail kiosk.
None. There are a couple of gas stations on 31 N.
The trail starts from the trail along a rocky path. Not very far in, the trail splits. Follow the ORANGE (Ridge Trail). BLUE goes left (Riverwalk Trail)
The trail is quite rocky and somewhat steep. You can see Point Mountain Road and some homes peek through the trees in spots and there is some slight road noise but otherwise, it’s a very pretty trail.
0.5 – Arrive at the overlook. A large rocky outcrop overlooks the surrounding area.
Shortly after that, the YELLOW Overlook Trail goes down to the right. Continue following the ORANGE Ridge Trail. There are no views along the ridge.
1.6 – A little stream and a wet area.
1.8 – Continue straight on ORANGE at the stone cairn. [WHITE starts to the RIGHT, leading into the northern section]
Arrive at the edge of a field and turn LEFT, following ORANGE markers along the edge of the field. Go through the woods briefly, to a second field.
It is not entirely clear here – turn LEFT and follow the mowed path along the edge of the field.
2.0 – reconnect with the BLUE trail on the left side of the field, in the far corner. It is hard to see until you approach it, and there are no trail markers visible.
2.2 – Start following along the Musconetcong River.
2.6 – Watch for the trail split in a Y – it’s not obvious. There are markers on the right near the water. Veer RIGHT and follow the trail along the river. [Optional: Veering LEFT goes to the parking lot as well – you will miss walking along the river for some, but don’t have to walk down the road]
2.9 – Arrive at Point Mountain Rd. Turn LEFT and walk a short distance down the road to the parking lot.
Hiked: 6/14/09. Trail Blog: “Point Mountain Reservation“