Paulinskill Valley Trail
ElevationAscent: 927' 283 m
Descent: -638' -195 m
High: 663' 202 m
Low: 297' 90 m
GradeAvg Grade: 1% (1°)
Max Grade: 8% (4°)
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“27+ miles of rural scenery in northern NJ, also known as the Paulinskill Rail Trail.”— Breigh Willeford
Parts of the railway are still around, including several bridges, mileage markers and other railway artifacts. This trail is used by a number of different recreational visiters like runners, bicyclists, joggers and people who are just out for a leisurely walk. Equestrian use is also permitted.
Lots of wildlife can also be observed including wild turkeys, white tail dear, and many different bird species. Along the way, you'll be treated to a multitude of trail types, ranging from well-maintained singletrack to wider gravel paths.
Just before Paulinskill Lake, the route is interrupted by a missing bridge. A side path descends from the corridor to the road below. After crossing Sussex County Route 614, the path ascends back to the railroad grade.
Back on the trail, you get an elevated view of the long, skinny lake and the cottages that line its shores. Another bridge has been removed 2.25 miles farther at NJ Route 622. As before, you must descend from the trail to the road and then climb back up to the elevated rail corridor
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Land Manager: The State of New Jersey - Division of Parks and Forestry