Stony Brook Falls

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Hike to two pretty waterfalls – one stepped and the other angled – along Stony Brook.

1.0 or 3.8 miles. Directions for both below. Surface is easy to just the falls. Silver Mine loop has a very rocky section.

Our two cents:

Short, easy hike to beautiful stepped waterfall (also known as “Stepping Stone Falls”), a sloped waterfall, with several nearby cascades.

Extend the hike using the Silver Mine trail with the directions below (generally moderate except for a super rocky section), Blue Mountain Loop, or one of many other trails in Stokes.

As with all waterfalls, flow will be best in Spring or after a lot of rain.

Map:

Use the Kittatinny Trails or the map on the park site.

Books:

None that we know other than individual trail descriptions in Kittatinny Trails… which is outdated as the Stokes trail system has been changed quite a bit.

Parking: N41.20638° W74.77501°

Kittle Field parking lot. 206 North until you enter Stokes, pass Rt 636 and then turn right for the park entrance.

Drive down Coursen Rd and make a left at the end for the Kittle Field lot.

Fee:

Charged from Memorial to Labor day. Info on the NJ State Park Pass.

Restrooms:

Bathroom building is across the road from the parking lot, in a picnic area. Also at the visitor center.

Hike Directions:

Overview 1 mile hike: Stony Brook (BROWN)

Overview – 3.8 mile hike: Stony Brook (BROWN) – Silver Mine (ORANGE) – Blue Mountain Loop (BLUE) – Stony Brook (BROWN]

Cross the park road to start following Stony Brook (BROWN) at the trail kiosk.

Continue past the bathroom building. The trail also goes right, which you’ll hit on the way back.

Stony Brook (BROWN) is a wide easy woods road.

0.3 – Near the start of the Silver Mine (ORANGE) trail, turn LEFT away from that and walk towards the stream. There’s a path but we didn’t spot any markers.

A cascade tumbles over rocks near the remnants of a stone wall from an old sawmill site.

Remnants of a stone wall as part of an old sawmill site.

Walk along Stony Brook to get different views of the cascades.

A little further down from the stone walls the fall appear to cascade over short steps. Stony Brook Falls is also known as “Stepping Stone Falls”.

Stepping Stone Falls

With less flow the steps are much more pronounced (October 2020).

Stepping Stone falls with light water flow

If there’s been a lot of recent rain there might be another cascade coming down the hill and spilling into the stream.

Cascade on a hill

This is a pretty little cascade that slides over roots and rocks and then falls into a pool in the stream below.

Cascade spilling down a hill

It’s not always flowing though, when we hiked here in October 2020 it was totally dry.

Return to Stony Brook (BROWN) and turn RIGHT to head back.

* Longer Variation – continue below then return here * 

0.6 – Once back near bathroom building, turn LEFT and follow Stony Brook (BROWN). a short distance to the second falls.

This waterfall cascades down a short sharp angle that is slightly stepped.

Waterfall over stepped rock face

Standing closer and to the side shows the angle better.

The angled rock face is visible during less water flow (October 2020).

Retrace the trail a short distance to the parking lot.


Stony Brook Falls / Silver Mine Loop:

From the waterfall area, return to Stony Brook (BROWN) and pick up Silver Mine (ORANGE).

Silver Mine trail

Continue following Silver Mine (ORANGE).

0.7 – Turn RIGHT at the sign to take a short side trail to the Silver Mine,

Sign for silver mine

The mine is just a small hole with a fence over it but it’s in a nice setting.

Small mine pit

Yup this is all there is to the mine. Possibly not quite what you were expecting?

Grated remains of silver mine

Retrace and turn RIGHT to continue on Silver Mine (ORANGE).

1.6 – The long concrete wall is the remains of a dam and is marked Dry Lake on the park map.

Remains of a dam wall, with a dry pond beyond

Continue following Silver Mine (ORANGE) through a very rocky area.

Silver Mine gets rocky for a bit

2.0 – Turn LEFT to now follow Blue Mountain Loop (BLUE). [Silver Mine (ORANGE) ends, Blue Mountain Loop (BLUE) also goes right]

Blue Mountain trail marker

2.7 – Pass BLUE/BLACK on the right.

2.9 – Start following Stony Brook (BROWN) straight. Don’t go over the bridge.

[Blue Mountain Loop (BLUE) leaves to the right, over the bridge].

Bridge over stream

Pass the waterfall from earlier, seen from above.

Overview of the first falls on the wall back on Stony Brook

3.2 – Continue on Stony Brook (BROWN) passing the Silver Mine (ORANGE) trail from earlier, on the left.

Continue Stony Brook (BROWN) until back at the bathroom building.

* Return to the description above at 0.6 to continue to the other waterfall. *


Hiked: 10/18/20. w/Stony Lake Loop + Culvers Gap to Culvers Tower.
Hiked: 4/13/19.