Jenny Jump State Forest Trails

Hope, New Jersey 07844

Jenny Jump State Forest Trails

Jenny Jump State Forest Trails Professional Guide

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"Legend has it that a girl named Jenny was so engrossed picking berries at the crest of the mountain ridge that she didn’t hear Indians with raised tomahawks creeping toward her. Her father, standing below, saw what was happening and yelled, “Jump, Jenny, jump!” She did—and, unfortunately, was killed by the fall. At least that’s what Swedish missionary Sven Roseen wrote in his diary in 1747 to explain how Jenny Jump Mountain was named.

The Minsi Indians are long gone from the area, although it’s doubtful that they ever menaced Jenny at all. Situated about 12 miles southeast of the Delaware Water Gap, 1090-foot Jenny Jump boasts excellent vistas of the Kittatinny Mountain Ridge, with sweeping expanses of farmland below. If you plan to stay overnight, there are two group sites, six shelters, and sixteen campsites suitable for tents or trailers. Stop at the park office for a map before driving to the first parking lot."

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60 Hikes within 60 Miles: New York City (Menasha Ridge Press)
Christopher & Catherine Brooks
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"A scenic pond, colorfully framed by densely wooded hills, is just one attraction of this lightly trafficked circuit, a mildly arduous uphill–downhill grind into a beautiful forest. Also appealing are the colossal granite boulders and rocky uplift—reminders of the last ice age—that are naturally interwoven with a heavy helping of hardwoods, including oaks, beeches, maples, and tulip poplars. Bears range throughout these hills, as do wild turkeys and other birds."

Jenny Jump State Forest Trails Trip Reports

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We hiked a similar route as outline by (, which took the Summit Trail to the Ghost Lake Trail to is terminus at the lake, and back. It made for a rather difficult hike, but the flora and fauna along the trails were worth it. The vistas are pretty- with views of the Delaware Water Gap and wonderful NJ farmland- but there are definitely better in NJ. Do this hike for the unique forest and interesting finds along the way rather than the views and I promise you won't be disappointed.
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This is a small moderate trail - specifically the Summit Trail (yellow). Not amongst my favorites in NJ. The Ghost Lake trail (blue) was poorly blazed and found myself spending more time looking for blazes - eventually had to double back.

However - driving to Ghost Lake, this will be a nice area to explore on a future trip.

Also - the Blue Dot Jenny Jump trail was also poorly blazed. However did run into a black bear, which was cool.


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Very confusing. There are red, green, yellow, and blue markers. The maps do not show 4 colors.

Trail Information

Nearby City
280 feet
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
Day hike or overnight camping
Dawn to dusk
Jenny Jump State Forest
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