Vernon Township: Pochuck Creek Trail Professional Guide
Detailed Trail Description from our Guidebook
"Plans to acquire the land necessary to build the Appalachian Scenic Trail mile-long boardwalk and a 110-foot suspension bridge began in 1978. In 2002, twenty-four years later, the work was completed—thanks to the hundreds of volunteers who donated approximately 9000 hours of time, talent, and sweat to this fantastic project that now joins part of the white-blazed Appalachian Trail between Pochuck and the Wawayanda Mountains.
Today, hikers of all ages and abilities can enjoy this unique, scenic, and safe off-road alternative to the previous 2.2-mile narrow, winding—and sometimes hazardous— path along local CR 517. Classified as an Exceptional Resource Value Wetland, by the National Park Service, Pochuck consists of 240 acres and a 3000-foot-wide floodplain crisscrossed by tributaries. Actually, this is a non-delineated river with a 60-foot-wide stream channel that is capable of rising 6 feet or more during heavy rains, with a flow so fast that it can carry trees downstream! But there’s no need to worry—for you’ll be safe and dry during the entire hike—and depending on the season, you’ll see excellent specimens of native and endangered plants and animals, plus the state’s largest area of native cattails."