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Berkshire Valley Wildlife Management Area
|Park Overview:|| |
This wildlife management area in the vicinity of Lake Hopatcong encompasses 2030 acres of wetlands and upland mixed hardwood forest. There are no marked trails.
|Park Acreage:||2030 acres|
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|Trails Overview:|| |
From the second point of access in the directions, go uphill into an upland mixed hardwood forest.
Extending north from the small parking area off Gordon Road (see directions) is the right-of-way of the former Lake Hopatcong Railroad, built in 1882 to connect with the Ogden Mine Railroad and abandoned in 1935. On Google Maps this is shown as the Berkshire Valley Management Area Trail. It may be followed north for 2.5 miles to Minnisink Road (trail enters woods directly behind salt dome at Jefferson Township facility).
There are a number of access points.
From I-80 take Exit 34B to NJ15 [north] then two miles to Berkshire Valley Road, turn right at jughandle, and then turn left and proceed west on Berkshire Valley Road for 0.9 mile. The parking area is on the left, opposite Minnisink Road.
To reach the second point of access, follow the directions above, but from the jughandle, make a U-turn an go south on NJ-15. In about 300 feet, at the crest of the hill turn right at a sign for the Bershire Valley WMA. The dirt road leads into a former gravel pit, with wetlands extending along the Rockaway River.
Another access point is reached by heading west on Berkshire Vally Road from NJ-15 and continuing for 2.2 miles to Gordon Road (just before a white firehouse). Turn right onto Gordon Road and continue for 0.3 mile. Just beyond Country Lane, a hidden gravel driveway on the right leads to a small parking area.
|Contact Information:||NJ DEP, Div of Fish & Wildlife |