August 04, 2018
What a beautiful little park!!!
I've lived in NJ for 40 years but never found this wonderful little park. It was hot today - 86 degrees when I left the car - but the trail is very shady. It rained HEAVY yesterday and this morning, so the trails were very wet, but the streams and waterfalls were spectacular. I would definitely recommend doing this hike after there's been a lot of rain, with waterproof/Gortex shoes. I don't think it would be nearly as nice without the raging streams. However, crossing the Apshawa brook near the southern end of the Green Trail loop was a challenge and I was wading up to my knees in the stream.
August 03, 2017
Decent hike, views might be better during the wintertime
I did this hike today and finished it in about 2 and a half hours. I went somewhat slow and took a detour on the white and red outlook trails. The map provided by the Apshawa Preserve marks a viewpoint on the white trail, but during the summer it was mostly obscured by leaves. It was the same on the green trail, although one viewpoint was mostly unobstructed. The views weren't much to write home about, too. Wyanokie high point and the Silas County Park are within a short drive of this park, and they provide much more expansive views.
November 18, 2014
New Apshawa Trail Configuration
Thank you for noting the map discrepancies on our Jersey Highlands map 125. The Apshawa trail system was reconfigured in 2013 with some new trail routes as well as changes to blaze colors, so our 1st edition map (published in 2011) does not show these trails entirely correctly. We will be sure to show the new configuration on the next 2nd edition revision of the maps.A map available on the preserve's website shows the recent changes:http://www.njconservation.org/apshawapreserve.htmIt is great to hear the trails were well-marked, although it is still recommended that one carry a map!~Jeremy, TC Cartographer
November 09, 2014
Hiked this Southern Loop trail today, and completed it in 2 hours flat. I pushed through because of a very late start,1pm. Just wanted to mention this so folks know it is doable in a shorter than listed time. Also, the blue, orange and purple trails are not shown on the Jersey Highlands trail map 125 1st edition but the blazes are clearly marked which makes the map unnecessary.
August 04, 2013
Somewhat of an adventure!!
We attempted to follow the Green Trail today but lost the way several times due to all the blowdowns! The first stream crossing went fine until we found ourselves in front of several downed trees without a clue as to where the markers/trail were. Then we spied a new (?) metal footbridge closer to the dam & were able to re-connect with the Green Trail. The deer fences we found made things more confusing. On our way to the lovely cascades we again encountered a lot of downed trees & needed to wander around a bit til we were back on course on the other side of the brook. Enjoyed seeing the old concrete dam and pond. The rest of the trail was easier to follow . All in all a great trail but one had to proceed slowly & do some back-tracking at times. Think the trail needs some replacement blazes & perhaps a few arrows too!
July 14, 2012
Followed the trail exactly as mentioned here, it was a great experience. The rocky terrain up and down hills makes it a moderately strenuous hike. Very well marked trail. Seems like not much effort has been made to clean the trail path off fallen trees etc, which makes for a true hiking experience. Thanks to the forest cover, we got good shade - important since we started relatively late at 9:45am. The hike took 2.5 hours excluding a short break next to the waterfall. We were the only folks hiking there this Saturday, surprising but made the hike even more enjoyable! Highly recommend this hike for folks in Jersey city and nearabouts because its so close to us - just a 45 minute drive away.
June 10, 2012
NJUrbanForest.com Apshawa Preserve Virtual Tour!
Check out a virtual tour of the Apshawa Preserve! http://njurbanforest.com/2011/08/27/west-milfords-apshawa-preserve/ Plenty of pictures of flora, fauna and views!