Stokes Select

Branchville, New Jersey

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For fear of overselling a park, we normally resist assigning it too many superlatives. But in Stokes, we’re stumped: this solitary, mountainous jaunt is so darn beautiful we can’t help but beat the drum for it. It’s a strenuous outing that alternates between lowland bogs and highcountry terrain, providing several hours’ communion with an extended patch of unspoiled nature. In spring, Kittatinny Mountain Ridge brims with wildflowers, while the autumn display of colors seen from this, New Jersey’s highest natural point, is pure hiker heaven.
60 Hikes within 60 Miles: New York City

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60 Hikes within 60 Miles: New York City

by Christopher & Catherine Brooks (Menasha Ridge Press)

For fear of overselling a park, we normally resist assigning it too many superlatives. But in Stokes, we’re stumped: this solitary, mountainous jaunt is so darn beautiful we can’t help but beat the drum for it.

It’s a strenuous outing that alternates between lowland bogs and highcountry terrain, providing several hours’ communion with an extended patch of unspoiled nature. In spring, Kittatinny Mountain Ridge brims with wildflowers, while the autumn display of colors seen from this, New Jersey’s highest natural point, is pure hiker heaven.

© 2013 Christopher & Catherine Brooks/Menasha Ridge Press. All Rights Reserved.

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Branchville
Distance: 9.5
Elevation Gain: 1,587 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Moderate to Difficult
Duration: 5 hours
Season: Year-round
Local Contacts: Stokes State Forest
Topo Map: Stokes Select Topographic Map
Guide Book: 60 Hikes within 60 Miles: New York City Guide Book
Driving Directions: View Directions
Trail Directions: View Guide

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Recent Trail Reviews

3/25/2010

I was stuck car-less at my parent's house in suburban NJ for a week (a prescription for boredom) and I finally convinced a friend of mine to drive up to this park in Somerset County and take a hike with me. I was very pleasantly surprised. The hike was a workout but not too strenuous of one. As far as the sights go, the boulder-field known as the Devil's Half Acre was fun to climb and otherwise explore and Roaring Brook was worth the longer hike to see the dozens of tiny mountain stream tributaries all meet up. Ideally I would have waited until a bit later into the year to make the hike as the foliage was just barely starting to blossom, but the scenery was still nice and, as some slight compensation, it may have contributed to the park being as deserted as it was (there were only four cars in the lot excluding ours). My only complaint about the trail was how wet and muddy a lot of the path was, however it's been an irregularly rainy past month or so and so that may not be the norm. All in all I would definitely recommend this hike for anyone located in central Jersey who needs a quick day trip or an escape from the day-to-day.

9/12/2009

The trail was easy to follow, a little muddy and slippery in several places due to the rain today. Very well marked and easy to follow. The trail to the north at marker 1 is very rocky compared to the rest of the loop. I would definitely recommend it.

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