Southern Loop at Apshawa Preserve

Apshawa Preserve

Butler Reservoir in the winter - Photo by Daniel Chazin Butler Reservoir in the winter - Photo by Daniel Chazin

This hike follows woods roads and footpaths through the southern area of the preserve, climbing to a viewpoint and passing beautiful cascades and interesting historical remnants of a century-old water purification plant.

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The Apshawa Preserve is a rugged 576-acre tract owned by Passaic County and the New Jersey Conservation Foundation. About seven miles of trails traverse the preserve, and this hike features the trails in the southern section of the preserve. The trails are marked with paint blazes and with colored plastic diamond blazes that incorporate the logo of the New Jersey Conservation Foundation....

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Trip Reports

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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: is great to hear the trails were well-marked, although it is still recommended that one carry a map!~Jeremy, TC Cartographer
Jeremy Apgar
November 09, 2014
Quick hike
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.
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