Getting to Terrace Pond is half the fun of this hike, but be forewarned: kids can’t resist stopping dozens of times along the way to launch leaf boats down a brook, climb huge boulders, or admire the tiny waterfalls. At several points along the trail, you’ll have a good chance of finding the rare, pink lady’s slipper, and if you’re hiking in May or June you’ll be treated to the vibrant blooms of wildflowers.
Hold out for lunch until you reach the granite ledge overlooking the pond, where you can gaze down upon this sparkling jewel. Plan on starting early so you can spend a lot of time enjoying Terrace Pond, which is one of the loveliest places in northern New Jersey. Although the trail is easy most of the way, sturdy shoes are recommended for negotiating a few of the rocky, sometimes slippery, areas.
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