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Rattlesnake Swamp Trail

Intermediate
 4.0 (1)

A quaint trail passing through dense forests, rolling streams, and marshy swamps.


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2.5

Miles

4.0

KM

97%

Runnable

1,371' 418 m

High

1,187' 362 m

Low

256' 78 m

Up

78' 24 m

Down

3%

Avg Grade (1°)

29%

Max Grade (16°)

Dogs Leashed

Features Fall Colors · Lake · River/Creek

Description

Starting at the Rattlesnake Swamp Trail Parking Area, head north along Camp Mohican Road for a few hundred meters before reaching the trailhead. Continue northeast along the trail, veering left at the junction with the Rattlesnake Swamp/AT Connector.

Follow the gently graded trail through mixed hardwood forest to the edge of Catfish Pond. Keep your eyes peeled for beavers at this spot, as their handiwork can be spotted throughout the pond. Continue along the trail, crossing Yards Creek and navigating the swamp from which the trail gets its name.

Once the swamp has been conquered, enjoy a peaceful, flat trail through red maple, white oak, and the occasional hemlock before climbing steeply to the trail's junction with the Appalachian Trail (AT).

For those wishing to return a different way than they came, heading south on the AT to the Rattlesnake Swamp/AT Connector is a potential option. Head west along the connector to reach the Rattlesnake Swamp Trail, at which point head south to return to your car.

Flora & Fauna

Red maple, white oak, and the occasional hemlock are present along this trail.

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Shared By:

Hunter R

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Photos

lower part of the rattlesnake swamp trail
Feb 19, 2018 near Hardwick, NJ
At the start of the hike
Feb 19, 2018 near Hardwick, NJ
Catfish Pond in the fall. with permission from Jean Drescher
Jun 24, 2016 near Hardwick, NJ
Rattlesnake Swamp colors. with permission from Jean Drescher
Jul 14, 2016 near Hardwick, NJ
Do you see the beaver lodge?
Feb 19, 2018 near Hardwick, NJ

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