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Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, New Jersey

Distance1.3mi
Elevation Gain1,171ft
Trailhead Elevation424ft
Top1,552ft
Elevation Min/Max424/1552ft
Elevation Start/End424/424ft

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Buttermilk Falls Trail (blue) is a hiking trail in Sussex County, New Jersey. It is within Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area. It is 1.3 miles long and begins at 424 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 2.7 miles with a total elevation gain of 1,171 feet. This trail connects with the following: Appalachian Trail.

Buttermilk Falls Trail (blue) Professional Reviews and Guides

"This hike offers as close to a wilderness experience as possible for Fido and companion in New Jersey, for few people climb beyond the falls and this section of the Appalachian Trail (AT) is far from any crossroad. Fido will enjoy the falls, woods, meadows, ridge-top breeze, and the cooling walk back on the moist Woods Trail.

In spring and after heavy rains, the 204-foot Buttermilk Falls is spectacular. This rugged trail is for dogs and people with hiking experience only. Carry at least 3 liters of drinking water for Fido and 3 liters for you."

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7/16/2018
The trail is definitely a workout going up on the stairs so you need to be in good shape to get up to them. The falls themselves are really nice but definitely try to go after it rains for maximum effect. They're are times like in the summer where they're not as impressive. There's a way to see the falls without the hike but the road isn't well maintained.
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8/26/2012
Trail guide very helpful and accurate. The location is much more remote than I anticipated for the middle of New Jersey. The ascent is quite challenging, but the rest of the trail is a gradual descent back to the top of the falls. Took my dog, we enjoyed it thoroughly! Lots of off-leash time for her. It was a gorgeous day yet the only other person we saw the whole hike (besides at the parking lot / initial falls area) was one guy who was walking the whole AT. We will be back for sure.
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5/14/2010
I like big hikes, rock scrambles, great views, etc.... This is not that kind of hike, however, it is an excellent medium difficulty hike for beginning of season or in between the tough longer hikes. When we were there, the falls had a low volume of water, need to go back after a good rain. Trail is well worth it, the description here is on the money.
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4/1/2009
Had a good time. The first portion of the trail, once you're over the falls, is very steep and strenuous. It gets milder the further you go. There are some very nice views about a mile (or so) up. We only went to the Appalachian trail connection and then headed back. It's a nice hike.
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7/25/2008
I was only interesed in photographing Buttermilk. I did not do the loop. I did climb the stairs to see if a better photo could be obtained. If the rest of the loop is as challenging as the stairs, it should be worth ones efforts.
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5/11/2008
We went on this hike with my 7 and 9 year old kids and they loved it. The falls themselves are beautiful and the trail up is steep and strenuous. It is very well marked and was a great challenge. We did not follow the rest of the trail because of time constraints but I look forward to coming back and completing it at a later date.
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Trail Information

Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area
Nearby City
Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area
Parks
Dog-friendly
Accessibility
Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area headquarters
Local Contacts
USGS Lake Maskenozha, PA and Flatbrookville, Newton West, and Culvers Gap, NJ s
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Nov 2018