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Hewitt-Butler Trail

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A picturesque out-and-back with views of the NYC skyline, a quaint cascade, and a stone living room.


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6.3

Miles

10.2

KM

84%

Runnable

1,092' 333 m

High

562' 171 m

Low

1,274' 388 m

Up

1,238' 377 m

Down

8%

Avg Grade (4°)

31%

Max Grade (17°)

Dogs Leashed

Features Fall Colors · Spring

The trailhead at Camp Vacamas off Macopin Road is closed. A sign advises to use the parking lot at Glenwild Avenue/Otterhole Road.

Description

The Hewitt-Butler (blue-blazed) Trail in Norvin Green State Forest is one of many popular trails in the 5,400-acre park. This out-and-back style trail features several exciting points of interest including Yoo-Hoo Point, Otter Hole, Torne Mountain, and Osio Rock. It's an out-and back-style trail at 6.4 miles so be sure to plan accordingly for a round-trip of 13 miles. It can easily be combined with other trails is Norvin Green State Forest as well.

The trail is rugged in places and with an elevation gain of 1,400 feet it can be challenging, but well worth your time. Osio Rock has 360-degree panoramic views and even a very distant view of the NYC skyline on a clear day. Otter Hole is a picturesque cascade off Posts Brook (especially in the spring), and there are multiple other points of elevation that have nice views of the surrounding ridges, especially in autumn.

The most interesting portion of the trail is the 'stone living room' near Torne Mountain. Literally a living room made of stone and created by anonymous masons, these stone chairs and tables were built with vigor but also with an unknown purpose in mind. It is one of the more interesting destinations of any New Jersey trail.

Flora & Fauna

Typical northern New Jersey hardwood and deer.

Contacts

Land Manager: NJ State Parks

Shared By:

Lou Poulas with improvements by Franco Fernandez

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Enjoy vibrant autumn views on Norvin Green State Forest's Hewitt-Butler trail.
May 12, 2017 near Wanaque, NJ
Posts Brook waterfall cascades alongside Norvin Green State Forest's Hewitt-Butler trail.
May 12, 2017 near Butler, NJ
If you are lucky and the sky is clear, the New York City skyline is clearly visible from many trails within Norvin Green State Forest.  This view is from Wyanokie High Point on the Wyanokie Circular Trail.
Oct 16, 2017 near Wanaque, NJ
Posts Brook descends down a boulder-laden riverbed.
May 7, 2017 near Wanaque, NJ

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