Stepping-Stone Trail

Branchville, New Jersey 07826

Stepping-Stone Trail

Stepping-Stone Trail Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"The Stepping-Stone Trail parallels a ravine where Stony Brook bounces over stepped waterfalls. The path descends gently through a hemlock forest to a clearing with two barns that were part of the Snook Lumber Mill and Dam circa 1800. The trail does not appear on any map, although it is easily found and followed. Its quiet drama creates a peaceful and distant feeling, as though you and your dog are very far from the crowds.

This trail is especially beautiful in snow when the hemlock and mountain laurel stand sharply against the land, and the edges of the Stony Brook crystallize as it rushes over slabs of red sandstone on its way to the Big Flat Brook. Spike will love the sounds and scents of wildlife here—coyote, fox, deer, porcupine, and a lot of little critters. Being on leash keeps all four-legged animals safe. In winter, animal tracks are readily seen in the untrampled snow for a fascinating glimpse of life in the forest."

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Trail Information

Nearby City
100 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
1 hour
Fall, winter, spring
Stokes State Forest
Local Contacts
USGS Culvers Gap, NJ
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