Orchard/Pioneer Trails and Van Campens Glen Loop from Millbrook Village

Overview

This loop hike passes an old limekiln and an historic cemetery and winds through the scenic Van Campens Glen.

Details
Time:
4 hours
Difficulty:
Easy to Moderate
Length:
6 miles
Route Type:
Circuit
Dogs:
Allowed on leash
Features:
Views, Waterfall, Historic feature
Location
Park:
Region:
County:
Warren
State:
NJ
Maps/Books
Buy Book:
Publication
First Published:
08/27/2009
Submitter:
Daniel Chazin

Photo

Van Campens Glen Trail

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See also
Trailhead GPS Coordinates
41.073815,-74.963268
Driving Directions

Take I-80 west to Exit 12 (Hope/Blairstown). At the bottom of the ramp, turn right and continue for 4.7 miles on County Route 521 north. When the road ends at a T-intersection with Route 94, turn left and continue for 0.2 mile to the next traffic light. Turn right at the light and proceed straight ahead (do not bear sharply right onto Route 521 north). At the top of the hill, turn sharply right, then make the first left onto Millbrook Road. Proceed for 7.0 miles to an intersection at Millbrook Village, turn right, and park in the parking area to the right.

Description

Cross the road at the northern end of the parking area. On the opposite side, enter the woods at a sign for the Orchard Trail and follow this orange-blazed trail uphill, passing abandoned fields now starting to regenerate.

In 0.6 mile, the Orchard Trail ends at a junction with the Hamilton Ridge Trail. Turn left and follow the Hamilton Ridge Trail - a paved road, now closed to vehicular traffic and largely covered with moss - for 0.8 mile. As the road begins to descend, look carefully for a sign on the right, which marks the start of the orange-blazed Pioneer Trail.

Turn right onto the Pioneer Trail and follow the orange blazes downhill on an old woods road. In 0.1 mile, the trail turns right and continues on a footpath. Just beyond, an old stone limekiln may be seen about 50 feet to the right.

Soon, the trail turns sharply left and levels off, paralleling an old stone wall to the right. After a while, it resumes its descent and begins to parallel a ravine on the left. Near the base of the descent, it bears right, levels off, then turns left and continues to descend.

A mile from its start, the Pioneer Trail turns left and heads south along a bluff that overlooks the Delaware River below. It follows the crest of the bluff for a quarter mile, then swings left and climbs gradually on an old woods road, largely overgrown with vegetation (from here on, the trail is unmarked). After crossing under power lines, the road levels off and reaches a branch road that descends to the right. Continue straight ahead on a well-used gravel road, passing several abandoned farmhouses.

In two-thirds of a mile, where the Hamilton Ridge Trail comes in from the left, continue straight ahead on the gravel road. In another 500 feet, you'll notice a guardrail on the right side of the road. Just before the start of the guardrail, a path leads to the right. Follow this path a short distance to the historic Depue Cemetery, where some graves are over 200 years old.

Return to the road, turn right, and proceed a short distance to the paved Old Mine Road. Turn left and follow the road for 500 feet, then turn right into the Van Campens Glen Recreation Site. At the northwest corner of the parking area, turn left onto the yellow-blazed Van Campens Glen Trail.

The trail winds through the magnificent Van Campens Glen under towering hemlocks and past overhanging rhododendron. Use caution, as this trail section can be slippery when wet. In half a mile, you'll cross a footbridge over the brook, pass a scenic waterfall, and continue past more cascades.

When you reach the abandoned Cutoff Road, turn left and follow the road for about 500 feet. Just before a bridge over the brook, turn right and follow the trail along the brook. The terrain now becomes flatter, and the trail moves away from the brook. It soon returns to the brook, crosses an abandoned road and goes under power lines. It recrosses the brook on a footbridge and emerges at the grassy Watergate Picnic Area.

Proceed straight ahead through the grassy area, then bear right onto a gravel road that curves left and parallels the brook. Follow this road for half a mile, passing various historic buildings, to Millbrook Village, where the hike began.


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Beautiful hike!

This was a beautiful hike, well marked and maintained. Thank you to the previous reviewer for the alternate path. 

Update - Must take alternative path

This trail is open well maintained, however, the bridge connecting the end of the Van Campens Glen Trail to the Watergate Picnic Area has been washed out. The trail now slowly closes off into a thicket of thorn bushes and the footbridge is no longer there. Use the following adaptation: When you reach the abandoned Cutoff Road, turn left and follow the road for about 500 feet. Just before a bridge over the brook, turn right and follow the trail along the brook. The terrain now becomes flatter, and the trail moves away from the brook. Just before crossing under large powerlines, there is a small service  road, turn left on this road, cross an old slatted brdige and continue about 100 feet to Old Mine Road. Turn right and continue along the paved road about 500 feet until you see the entrance to grassy Watergate Picnic Area on your right. Turn right into the picnic are and proceed straight ahead, folloing the grassy area as it curves through the far end of the park. Follow this road for half a mile as it curves left and parallels the brook passing various historic buildings, to Millbrook Village, where the hike began.

Is the Glen still closed?

Anyone know the status of hiking through the glen?

Van Campens Glenn

Hilking tthru Van Campens Glenn  area is closed. I soke to the ranger worlking at Millbrook that area has been over used and and they have issues with people obeying park rules. thus the closer. No timetable as to when it will be reopnen.

Great Hike

Great hike, great directions, thank you. Van Campens Glens is beautiful, but the bridge that leads into the Watergate Picinc Area is washed out so we turned left and went over the brook, onto Old Mine Rd and walked along it,  until we came to the Water Gate picnic area and followed the directions from there. The road along the brook to Millbrook Village is washed out, but walkable. 

Millbrook Village closed due to storm damage

Millbrook Village is CLOSED until further notice due to flooding from Hurricane Irene. For updates see http://www.nps.gov/dewa/parknews/irene-updates.htm.

Excellent Hike

We did the hike on the 2nd Sunday of October, weather was great and so was the autumn foliage.  We used the coordinates on our GPS and we got to the trailhead with no problems.  The trial instructions were very well written, we printed them out before leaving and followed them throughout the entire hike.  My favourite part was the Van Campen Glen trail, there we came across awesome waterfalls and cascades, we even took a couple of dips albeit short ones given that the water was near freezy.  Thanks Daniel for the submission.

Sounds like quite a hike to

Sounds like quite a hike to get there! (pardon the pun) I think it would be worth it though, to get the full experience. beckham england manager

This hike is really great!

I did this hike again last weekend with a group of Scouts and adults spending the weekend at the nearby Camp No-Be-Bo-Sco.  It is really a fabulous hike -- many participants commented that the hike was even nicer than they had anticipated.

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This hike appears to be quite fun. A nice leisurely walk that takes about four hours and produces some wonderful scenic landscapes can be just the ticket for those wanting to get away for an afternoon. The landscape, the fresh air, the unhurried pace of it all works for me. How often do we talk about this kind of activity and then not follow through? This hike would be just what the doctor ordered. I'm sure it would do wonders for the spirit and energize one's outlook. casino en ligne

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