Terrace Pond

Butler, New Jersey

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Twelve thousand years ago, a tundra environment of lichen, moss, dwarf birch, and Arctic willow existed around the pond. Browsing mastodon and caribou may have drunk from its waters, while saber-toothed tigers, dire wolves, and Paleo Native Americans may have hunted herbivores from the crags above. The climatic warming trend eventually brought the return of boreal spruce and fir forest, then deciduous forest resembling today’s woodlands. This rugged, 4.0-mile loop takes walkers to Terrace Pond, one of the most pristine of New Jersey’s glacial lakes, and provides ample evidence of the Highlands’s glacial past.
Nature Walks in New Jersey

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Nature Walks in New Jersey

by Glenn Scherer (Appalachian Mountain Club Books)

Twelve thousand years ago, a tundra environment of lichen, moss, dwarf birch, and Arctic willow existed around the pond. Browsing mastodon and caribou may have drunk from its waters, while saber-toothed tigers, dire wolves, and Paleo Native Americans may have hunted herbivores from the crags above.

The climatic warming trend eventually brought the return of boreal spruce and fir forest, then deciduous forest resembling today’s woodlands. This rugged, 4.0-mile loop takes walkers to Terrace Pond, one of the most pristine of New Jersey’s glacial lakes, and provides ample evidence of the Highlands’s glacial past.

©  Glenn Scherer/Appalachian Mountain Club Books. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Butler
Distance: 4
Elevation Gain: 400 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Difficult
Duration: 4 hours
Season: Year-round
Local Contacts: Wawayanda State Park
Topo Map: Terrace Pond Topographic Map
Guide Book: Nature Walks in New Jersey Guide Book
Driving Directions: View Directions
Trail Directions: View Guide

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Recent Trail Reviews

9/28/2015

A really fantastic and surprisingly challenging hike. I was surprised that nobody has mentioned that the actual trail starts on the opposite side of the road from the 'P-7' parking area which the directions take you to. There were (2!) buses blocking our view from the lot so maybe it would have been obvious otherwise. Two experienced hikers here and we were surprised at the ruggedness of the terrain and a little dubious that it was only 4 miles to go up the yellow trail and back on the blue. A surprising hike in so many ways and a delight. Saw a lot of people doing it in sneakers but there are MANY places where ankle support is a big plus so I'd bring my best boots for sure.

6/7/2009

This trail had everything. Lots of challenging parts. Some rock climbing. Some bushwhacking. Parts of the trail looked like not many people went through in a while. Very cool trail. Took 3 hours.

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