Pequest Wildlife Management Area

Park Overview:

Three short blazed nature trails, two abandoned railbeds, and a trout hatchery, plus opportunities to bushwhack in this wildlife management area paralleling the Pequest River.

Trail Uses:Hiking
Trail Miles:
Park Acreage:4000 acres
Trail Conference volunteers maintain trails in this park.
Park Description:

Paralleling the Pequest River east of the intersection of US 46 and NJ 31 in Warren County, the approximately 4,000-acre Pequest WMA is managed for upland game hunting and trout fishing.  A unique facility is the Trout Hatchery and Natural Resource Education Center

Trails Overview:
  • Three  short marked trails are located in the trout hatchery area.  The Red Trail is an interpretative trail.  All three trails may be combined for form a 1.2 mile loop hike.  Follow the "Pequest Trails Guide" link near the bottom of the wildlife area's web page [below under Contact Information].
  • Two abandoned railbeds pass through Pequest wildlife management area; most of the ties have been replaced with a cinder surface.  One access point is via the trout hatchery entrance road.
  • Hikers who wish to explore the area off trail should obtain the Washington USGS topographic quadrangle map;  or free scanned copies are available at the USGS web site  

West US 46 from Hackettstown for roughly nine miles.  For written directions click on the wildlife management area's web page in Contact Information below and follow the "Directions" link

Contact Information:NJ DEP, Division of Fish & Wildlife