Kittatinny Valley State Park: Sussex Branch Trail Professional Review and Guide
"Whether you want to escape everyday stress or simply enjoy fishing, kayaking, mountain biking, and especially hiking, Kittatinny Valley State Park is the place to spend a morning, afternoon, or an entire day. Created in 1994, the 1692 scenic acres include Aeroflex-Andover Airport, Lake Aeroflex, several old logging trails as well as two rail trails. The 27-mile-long Paulinskill Valley Trail was once part of the New York, Susquehanna, and Western Railroad right-of-way that transported agricultural products and Pennsylvania coal to cities in eastern New Jersey as well as New York City.
The 21-mile-long Sussex Branch Trail was a line of the Erie-Lackawanna Railroad that operated from the mid-1800s to the mid-1900s and transported iron ore, agricultural products, freight, and passengers. Hikers will enjoy meandering along densely wooded trails through valleys formed by glaciers and past limestone ridges beneath oak, sugar maple, tulip poplar, and hemlock as well as along wetland areas supporting a huge variety of plant and animal life."