Terrace Pond West Loop from Clinton Road

Wawayanda State Park

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This loop hike goes through dense mountain laurel and rhododendron thickets and climbs over puddingstone rock outcrops to reach beautiful Terrace Pond.

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For its entire length, this hike follows the yellow-blazed Terrace Pond West Trail, which offers a loop hike to the pond and back from Parking Area P7 on Clinton Road. 

From the parking area, cross the road and enter the woods at a kiosk. Turn right to follow the yellow-blazed Terrace Pond West Trail in the counter-clockwise direction. You now follow a rocky trail through mountain...

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September 11, 2016
Miss the early years!
I hiked the terrace pond loop today and I'll tell you what a dump that place has become. Below the second rock outcropping ( off the blue trail ) is loaded with plastic bottles, broken glass and empty cardboard packages. Couldn't get to the pond overlook because of a big party going on. I remember back in the day around 2004-05ish this place was a very less visited spot. I remember there was no trash, graffiti and broken glass along the way. The pond itself was peaceful on a Saturday or sunday. Whatever! I'm done with hiking that place during the summer season.
July 31, 2016
Parking at P7 for on Clinton Rd
Take Note:  There is new signage in place at Parking P7 used for Terrace Pond Trails.  Vehicles parked before 8 a.m. and after 8 p.m. will be towed by West Milford PD and NJ State Park Police.  There is continual problems with illegal swimmers, graffiti and mounds of trash left behind.  This affects the enjoyment of others who wish to hike to and around the Pond.  This requires State employees and NYNJTC volunteers to continually remove mounds of garbage as well as covering graffiti.  Not to mention the need for Search & Rescue on a frequent basis.   Therefore, parking is restricted at P7 to Park hours only.  The other parking lot will eventually be completely closed and parking along the road shoulder will be prohibited.  
July 01, 2014
Hiking permit is not required
As is made clear in my response to a comment below, Parking Area P-7 is on Wawayanda State Park property.  This parking area is not on the property of the Newark Watershed.  The hike itself also traverses lands of Wawayanda State Park.  Apparently, two years ago, an employee of the Newark Watershed mistakenly placed warning notices on cars parked in Parking Area P-7.  When the authorities were contacted, they admitted that this was an error on their part.  Hikers may park in this parking area and do this hike without obtaining any permit.
Daniel Chazin
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