“This is a challenging run with boulders to climb up to the valley view.”
— Mirek Wierzbicki
Birding · Fall Colors · River/Creek · Spring · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife
This run takes a pairing of paths to forest, farmlands, songbirds, and the fast-flowing Musconetcong River. Along the way, take your time and enjoy your beautiful Northern New Jersey surroundings!
Need to Know
Enjoy good food at the Country Corner Store & Cafe, located at 726-744 NJ-57, Port Murray, NJ 07865. Unfortunately, they're closed on Sunday, so know before you go.
From the kiosk near the entrance to the parking area, take the Blue Trail
along a rocky path for a very short distance. Soon, the trail splits, and you'll want to follow the orange blaze. Quickly, the trail changes from gentle grades to a steep and rocky incline.
After sweating your way to the summit, enjoy fantastic panoramic views of the surrounding hills, valleys, and verdant farmlands. Point Mountain is one of the highest elevations in the county, at 935 feet above sea level. When you've gotten your fill of the view, continue along the forested ridge path to gently descend and cross a stream drainage.
Shortly after the drainage, the Orange Trail
skirts gorgeous farmland (providing access to the Orange Trail - North
trail along the fields) before reaching a junction with the Blue Trail
at an information post.
From the junction with the Orange Trail
, the Blue Trail
leaves the fields to make a westerly journey through wild, fairly unmaintained country rife with tall grass, spiky bushes, and thickets. After fighting the undergrowth for a few minutes, the trail finally pops through the dense forest to reach the Musconetcong River. From the river, enjoy gorgeous views along this peaceful, majestic waterway as you reap your reward.
Upon reaching the junction with Point Mountain Road, turn left (south) to follow the road a short ways to reach the parking lot and the end of the run.