Tripod Rock

Taylortown, New Jersey

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This extraordinary jaunt takes you through Pyramid Mountain Natural Historical Area’s natural sculpture garden. We pass amazing erratics: Bear Rock, possibly New Jersey’s largest, and Tripod Rock, a balanced pedestal rock claimed by some to have links to the solstice and prehistoric sun worship. Along with views of the Newark Basin and the New York City skyline, there are side trips to the Morgan Place foundations, Cole Farm Mine, and Lucy’s Overlook. The outstanding features of this hike are Bear Rock and Tripod Rock, must-sees on any visit here. Both are amazing but in different ways. Any way you look at it, a hike here is like a hike through a geological sculpture garden. Bear Rock is alleged to be the largest boulder in New Jersey. Known early on as “Bare” rock, some say it looks like a bear, or perhaps it was bare. Whatever the case, Native Americans found a use for this colossal rock next to a stream and a swamp. Ancient rock shelters existed on both sides of it, used as transient camps by hunting and foraging parties.

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"This extraordinary jaunt takes you through Pyramid Mountain Natural Historical Area’s natural sculpture garden. We pass amazing erratics: Bear Rock, possibly New Jersey’s largest, and Tripod Rock, a balanced pedestal rock claimed by some to have links to the solstice and prehistoric sun worship. Along with views of the Newark Basin and the New York City skyline, there are side trips to the Morgan Place foundations, Cole Farm Mine, and Lucy’s Overlook.

The outstanding features of this hike are Bear Rock and Tripod Rock, must-sees on any visit here. Both are amazing but in different ways. Any way you look at it, a hike here is like a hike through a geological sculpture garden. Bear Rock is alleged to be the largest boulder in New Jersey. Known early on as “Bare” rock, some say it looks like a bear, or perhaps it was bare. Whatever the case, Native Americans found a use for this colossal rock next to a stream and a swamp. Ancient rock shelters existed on both sides of it, used as transient camps by hunting and foraging parties."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Taylortown
Distance: 5
Trail Type: Out-and-back
Skill Level: Easy to Moderate
Duration: 2.5 hours
Season: Year-round
Local Contacts: Pyramid Mountain Natural Historical Area
Local Maps: DeLorme New Jersey Atlas & Gazetteer
Driving Directions: Directions to Tripod Rock

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May 2018