Musconetcong Gorge Preserve


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Park Overview:

This 500-acre park features a deep gorge and signs of historical timber-related activities. Hiking is the primary recreational use today.

Trail Uses:Hiking, Mountain biking, Bridle path
Dogs:Dogs on leash
Trail Miles:3.1 miles
Park Acreage:501 acres
Web Map:Trail map
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Trail Conference volunteers maintain trails in this park.
Park Description:

Rising in Lake Hopatcong in Morris County, the Musconetcong River flows 44 miles to the Delaware River.  It is a trout stream, with forests buffeting large segments.  In its lower reaches, the river slices through a deep limestone valley, shadowed by 1,000-foot ridges.  Two widely separated sections of the river are protected as part of the Hunterdon County park system.  The Musconetcong Gorge section and the Point Mountain section each offer the opportunity for hikers to combine an easy stroll along the scenic river with a more strenuous route along the ridge.

Trails Overview:

 Bisected by two creeks, this is a long, narrow park that slopes down to the Musconetcong River. 

Five trails traverse the park, including a 0.6-mile nature trail, a rail bed trail, a very short waterfall trail [0.1 mile] and switchbacks for loop trails. Total miles: 3.1 The first 1.4 miles of the white-blazed trail is co-aligned with the Highlands Trail [teal blaze]. Click here to go directly to information about the Highlands Trail in the Preserve.

Click for a detailed description of a hike in the preserve, including GPS trailhead coordinates.




Take I-78 to Exit 7 [West Portal/Bloomsbury] and proceed to NJ 173 West. 


Contact Information:Hunterdon County Department of Parks and Recreation
Region:Central Jersey