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Kittatinny Valley State Park
|Park Overview:|| |
An oasis along the spine of the Kittatinny mountains with glacial lakes and madows filled with seasonal wild flowers.
|Trail Uses:||Hiking, Mountain biking, Bridle path, X-C skiing|
|Trail Miles:||75 miles|
|Park Acreage:||5656 acres|
|Web Map:||NJ State Park Service map -- Main Section|
|Buy Book:||Kittatinny Trails - Hiking Guide Book |
|Park Description:|| |
Within the Kittatinny Valley State Park there are four lakes, extensive wetlands, and limestone ridges. The Aeroflex-Andover Airport, operated by the NJ Forest Fire Service, is also within its boundaries but not open to the public.
Scattered throughout are numerous wetlands that are of considerable biological interest. They are open marshes, typically with a few scattered shrubs [including poison sumac, a relative of poison ivy]. The limestone rock found in the area has created an alkaline soil in which only specially adapted species of plants can grow. Fortunately, many plants have thrived, and these marshes are considered to be places of unusually high natural diversity.
|Trails Overview:|| |
The 20-mile Sussex Branch rail trail passes through the park, in addition to an extensive network of seven blazed trails within the park. The 27-mile Paulinskill Valley rail trail is also administered by the Kittatinny Valley State Park.
Click for a trail map of the Mount Paul Area with 10 blazed trails ranging from 0.3 to 1.7 miles.
To get to the park office from Route 80, take Exit 25 and follow Route 206 north for approximately eight miles through Andover Borough. Turn right onto Goodale Road and follow it approximately one mile to the park entrance on the right. See park's web page under Contact Information below for parking areas.
|Contact Information:||NJ DEP, Division of Parks and Forestry |