Pochuck Boardwalk Trail

McAfee, New Jersey 7428

Pochuck Boardwalk Trail

Pochuck Boardwalk Trail Professional Guide

Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook

"On this short section of the Appalachian Trail between Pochuck and Wawayanda Mountains in the Vernon Valley, you and your dog can immerse yourselves in the life of a freshwater marsh without getting wet. From the safety of a mile-long, sunny boardwalk, you both can see and sniff marsh critters like turtles and water snakes and a plethora of wild flowers and cattails.

The trail offers an expansive view of the valley. The boardwalk traverses the 3000-foot-wide floodplain of 60-footwide (at times) Pochuck Creek. The National Park Service classifies the floodplain as an “Exceptional Resource Value Wetland” with its tributaries and quagmire. When the creek floods, so does the floodplain, forming an image of the ancient glacial lake it once was. A 110-foot-long wooden suspension bridge crosses the stream, providing a different experience for hiker and dog."

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Detailed Trail Descriptions from Our Guidebooks

Best of the Appalachian Trail Day Hikes (Menasha Ridge Press)
Leonard M. Adkins & Victoria and Frank Logue
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"It took 24 years of discussions, planning, and hard work among a coalition of many organizations and hundreds of volunteers to enable you to cross what was once known as the “Pochuck Quagmire.” A boardwalk—completed in 2002 and nearly a mile in length, with a 100-foot suspension bridge in the middle of it—allows you to cross the fields, swamps, and marshes of Pochuck Creek without getting wet. In dry weather, the creek is not much more than a trickle. In wet weather, it easily overflows its channel, flooding the land and turning it into a half-mile-wide lake. Handicap accessible, the boardwalk takes visitors into a land rich with cardinal flowers, goldenrod, thistle, cattails, marsh hawks, black bears, and limestone formations rising dozens of feet above the floodplain. The open views from the boardwalk include Pochuck Mountain to the west and Wawayanda Mountain to the east."
Best Hikes of the Appalachian Trail Mid-Atlantic (Menasha Ridge Press)
Matt Willen
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"From the Appalachian Trail (A.T.) parking lot on NJ 94, you’ll follow the trail through a pasture and over some old moraines out to the wetlands surrounding Wawayanda Creek. The Pochuck Boardwalk winds its way through the wetlands for a mile to NJ 517."

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Trail Information

Nearby City
Elevation Gain
Trail Type
Skill Level
1.5 hours
Views, Wildflowers, Waterfalls
Wawayanda State Park
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USGS Wawayanda, NJ
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