Lake Marguerite–Griffith Woods Loop Trail

Cornish, New Jersey

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The 22-acre Lake Marguerite Wildlife Refuge and 44-acre Griffith Woods Natural Area, both once private estates, are true gifts to human and canine hikers to be kept in their natural states in perpetuity. You and your dog will enjoy a short trip around a lake and a hike through almost-pristine woods. A number of streams crisscross the woods with wooden bridges—some on trails and some as side excursions just for fun. Your dog can keep his feet moist and stay cool here during our hot summers. Also superb when the ground is covered in snow, this hike is far from the crowds for a venture in quiet nature. These are very sweet woods.
Best Hikes with Dogs: New Jersey

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Best Hikes with Dogs: New Jersey

by Mary Jasch (The Mountaineers Books)

The 22-acre Lake Marguerite Wildlife Refuge and 44-acre Griffith Woods Natural Area, both once private estates, are true gifts to human and canine hikers to be kept in their natural states in perpetuity.

You and your dog will enjoy a short trip around a lake and a hike through almost-pristine woods. A number of streams crisscross the woods with wooden bridges—some on trails and some as side excursions just for fun. Your dog can keep his feet moist and stay cool here during our hot summers. Also superb when the ground is covered in snow, this hike is far from the crowds for a venture in quiet nature. These are very sweet woods.

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Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Cornish
Length: 2.5
Elevation Gain: 80 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy
Duration: 1.5 hours
Season: Year-round
Accessibility: Dog-friendly
Local Contacts: Washington Township, Warren County
Local Maps: USGS Belvidere, NJ
Topo Map: Lake Marguerite–Griffith Woods Loop Trail Topographic Map
Guide Book: Best Hikes with Dogs: New Jersey Guide Book
Driving Directions: View Directions
Trail Directions: View Guide

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11/15/2009

It's very pretty, and once past the small lake, very private. Our dog had a blast. This is NOT an easy hike. The trail is rougher and quite a bit longer than the Trail Guide states. It took us a little over 4 hours to complete the Red Trail and that's without the recommended White Trail side trip. Once past the lake, there are no obvious paths, so you need to rely on the trail markers. Expect to do a lot of scrambling because the trails are poorly maintained, heavily overgrown and many trail markers are missing. There are a couple of spots where you have to be very careful crossing streams, (including one derelict bridge). One more note about the driving directions. When you turn on to Jonestown Road, the entrance to the park is about 150 feet on the left. It's a gravel road that's easy to miss.

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