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Paulinskill Valley Trail

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27.4 mile 44.0 kilometer point to point
100% Runnable
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Elevation

Ascent: 927' 283 m
Descent: -638' -195 m
High: 663' 202 m
Low: 297' 90 m

Grade

Avg Grade: 1% (1°)
Max Grade: 8% (4°)

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Trail shared by Breigh Willeford

27+ miles of rural scenery in northern NJ, also known as the Paulinskill Rail Trail.

Breigh Willeford

Features Birding · Fall Colors · River/Creek · Wildlife

Runner Notes

Though popular with other trail users, getting out in the morning makes for a pleasant run.

Description

This trail was once the path of the New York, Susquehanna and Western Railway.

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

Flora & Fauna

All kinds of northern NJ trees including oaks, maples, birch and poplar. Commonly seen wildlife include wild turkeys and white-tail deer.

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Shale removed for the train to pass through when this trail was once a rail bed.
Nov 15, 2016 near Newton, NJ
Power lines.
Nov 15, 2016 near Newton, NJ

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