State Line Trail/Ernest Walter Trail/A.T. Loop from...

Abram S. Hewitt State Forest

View of Greenwood Lake - State Line Trail/Ernest Walter Trail/A.T. Loop from Greenwood Lake Marina - Abram Hewitt State Forest - Photo: Daniel Chazin View of Greenwood Lake - State Line Trail/Ernest Walter Trail/A.T. Loop from Greenwood Lake Marina - Abram Hewitt State Forest - Photo: Daniel Chazin

This loop hike traverses the Bearfort Ridge, with its unusual puddingstone conglomerate rock and pitch pines growing out of bedrock, reaches a panoramic viewpoint over Greenwood Lake, goes through a rhododendron tunnel, and passes Surprise Lake and West Pond.

41.18575, -74.33126

This is one of the most spectacular hikes in the New Jersey-New York metropolitan area. Although it begins with a fairly strenuous 600-foot climb, the rest of the hike does not involve any major elevation changes. There are, however, many short, steep ups and downs, some of which require you to use your hands as well as your feet. The estimated time of four hours will allow you plenty of time...

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May 17, 2019
5
Great hike - recommended!
For an update, I just did this trail on May 14, 2019. I highly recommend it in nice weather. It is well marked and well maintained. Unfortunately, it was very cloudy and misty so I was not able to see all of the views, but I enjoyed it very much and look forward to going back in clear weather. It was great exercise, very quiet, surrounded by nature. It took 3 hours as there was no point in stopping to take in the views. However, I expect they would be great as I was still able to see a couple of beautiful, secluded lakes. As it is not a far drive and parking is limited, get there early or go during the week. I had to lift my 45 pound dog a couple of times, but not a big problem.
JY
December 02, 2016
5
Great bang for buck
Has a little bit of everything - Water, several GREAT views, some scrambling. First bit is a bit steep, then it levels off an is pretty great.
wbricker3
August 11, 2016
0
What a hike
The descriptions were great, except that there are several places on the hike that required us lifting our dogs up and over or down some tough trail sections.  Two sixty pounds dogs made this a challenge.  We made the hike in four hours with two dogs and had a great time.  Good hike to bring a sandwich and stop midway for a nice long break.
mkmooreacct
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