Highlands Trail Region | Hike the Highlands Trail in NY and NJ

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Coaligned Highlands Trail,  Jessup Trail on Schunemunk. Photo by Georgette Weir.
DescriptionWhen complete the Highlands Trail will extend from the Delaware River in New Jersey, across the Hudson River in New York, to the Connecticut border.
Facts/Resources

Over one hundred miles of trail maintained by 16 Trail Conference volunteers and member groups.

There is no single map of the HT; portions of it appear on the West Hudson, Sterling Forest, and North Jersey Trails map sets.

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Online Highlands Trail Guide  Click for Highlands Trail descriptions, maps and photos. (updated 8/3/14)

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The Highlands Trail highlights the natural beauty of the New Jersey and New York Highlands region, and draws the public's attention to this endangered resource. It is a cooperative effort of the New York - New Jersey Trail Conference, conservation organizations, state and local governments, and local businesses. When completed, it will extend over 150 miles from Storm King Mountain on the Hudson River in New York south to Riegelsville, New Jersey, on the Delaware River. The route will connect major scenic attractions in both states. Ultimately, a network of trails including alternate routes and multi-use paths is envisioned.

The Highlands Trail is a combination of co-alignment on established trails, new trails, and road walking. The co-aligned sections bear both trails' blazes, except for the Appalachian, Sterling Ridge, and Allis Trails, which have plastic Highlands Trail logos at critical points. Hikers must pay attention at intersections as the Highlands Trail often leaves one trail to join another. The Highlands Trail blaze is a teal-colored diamond.

Camping is not permitted along the Highlands Trail. Thru-hikers must stay at bed-and-breakfast facilities along the route, or at established State Park camp grounds. For more information, call the Trail Conference Office. No fires, horses, bikes, or motorized vehicles are permitted on the Highlands Trail unless specifically allowed by local regulations.

Comment: Please be relevant, civil, non-commercial.

No bridge at Long Pond Ironworks State Park over Wanaque River

Northbound, make a right onto Route 511 from the terminus of the Butler Hewitt and walk 3/4 mile to Beech Road.  Make left onto Beech Road and you will enter Tranquility Ridge County Park.

Before the gate at the end of the road, make a left onto the green blazed Monks Connector trail.  Then proceed about 100 yards to the end of the green trail, where you should go straight onto the yellow blazed Hasenclever Iron Trail. After about a mile, this ends at the blue blazed Sterling Ridge Trail, where you should turn right.