Shady hike in a pretty hemlock forest featuring nice cascades and a cemetery dating to the 1800s.
2.0 miles, dirt and roots, some rocks. A few small wooden bridges. Bit of a hill coming back up from the Lower trail.
- Shorter: Skip hiking to Walpack Cemetery.
- Longer: Add some of the Maple Trail accessed from the upper area of the ravine.
- Optional: Add a 2nd short hike at Van Campens Glen.
- Optional: Stop at Buttermilk Falls too (can be seen from the lot, without a hike).
- Nearby: Blue Mountain Loop – Lower, Culvers Gap to Blue Mountain, Stony Lake Loop, Sunrise Mountain.
Our two cents:
It’s worthwhile and enjoyable to include the hike to Walpack Cemetery – but it can be driven to if you’d like to see it without hiking (and you’ll drive by it depending on how you come in).
Updated: 7/2021 – Page refreshed, not re-hiked. Enhanced parking info. Update log moved to page bottom.
Detail of the area is now on the park map, print ahead or pick up at the office. The trail is on Kittatinny Trails, but it’s small.
GPS: “Tilman Rd, Branchville, NJ 07826” goes a point between the upper and lower parking lots. Google shows the road with only one L in Tillman, but on the park map the road is “Dimon”.
Rustic latrine at each parking lot.
Overview: WHITE – GREEN CIRCLE on WHITE (looks blue on map) – WHITE
This is more of a meander around short hike and it would be overkill to give specific step-by-step directions.
Overall, the area is small and easily navigated with an Upper and Lower WHITE trail, and the Cemetery Trail leading off past the Teacup.
The way the trails are marked makes it difficult to describe as well but to give an idea, we usually do:
From the Upper parking lot, follow WHITE blazed Tillmans trail in the left corner of the lot.
The trail turns RIGHT away from the trailhead for the new Maple Trail.
Follow the Lower trail over bridges and along the stream until it heads back uphill.
Lots of water cascading over rocks all through the ravine.
The trail keeps meandering along Tillman Brook.
Bit of a climb up a crack in a short rock face.
At the sign for the Cemetery trail and the Teacup, check out the Tea Cup first – a swirling cascade.
The “Tea Cup” – Spring of 2019, lots of water.
Close up of the swirling water pooling in the Tea Cup.
The Tea Cup with less water flow, Fall of 2015.
Follow the Cemetery trail until reaching a dirt road.
Turn RIGHT and walk a little bit down the road to the Cemetery.
Headstones date to the 1800s.
Large headstone for Tillman family.
When done at the cemetery, retrace the route back to Tillman Ravine.
Take the trail uphill to the Lower lot, walk through it to pick up the trail at the other end of the lot and head back to the Upper lot.
4/2019 – Re-hiked Tillmans only; added photos after heavy rain; updated description, blazes are all rectangular with no triangles now; added GPX/Interactive Map; archived outdated map photos to 2015 trail blog. Update 8/2017 – New park map link added.