Black River Trail

Chester, New Jersey 7930

Black River Trail

Black River Trail Professional Review and Guide

"Take a pinch of iron-mining history, combine that with a highly scenic river, add a few successional fields, a conifer-covered hillside, and the possibility of seeing wildlife, and what do you have? The makings of a tremendous hike along the Black River Trail. This one manages the neat feat of carrying you deep into a wilderness and back in time, all within the confines of a well-populated suburban community. A cabin ruin and hidden cascade add to the fun in a trek you are likely to savor long after its finish."

Black River Trail Reviews

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weekly trailing trail. trail is worth the trip but is broken up with some road walking with vehicle traffic. good deli and pizza place to stop and eat. trail runs past and thru old psychiatric hospital.
The boardwalk was closed on the day we took this trail, because about an inch of snow had fallen the night before and the park officials decided it was too slippery. But no matter - we walked across the parking lots and lawns to where the trail crossed the river, then went past the picnic area and up the hill into the woods. The trail directions got a bit ambiguous at that point, or things have changed a bit, or maybe I just got a bit befuddled, but for whatever reason, we wound up taking the wrong trail from the top of the hill. The one we took led us past St. Johnland, and thence to Old Dock Road, where we were able to pick up the trail at the Inn, and get back on track. Aside from that, it was quite a nice walk. The water views from the bluff (on the way back, when we found the correct trail) were great, even in winter, and the walk through the grounds of the hospital was a bit eerie. Not at all what one expects on a hike.
A great hiking experience. Terrific fews of the sound from the bluff. Great bird watching. Steep parts to the trip. Visting Kings Park Psychiatric Hospital was erie. THis is a must trip

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Trail Information

Nearby City
1,079 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Easy to Moderate
Skill Level
3.5 hours

Activity Feed

Jul 2018