Split Rock Loop
ElevationAscent: 1,491' 455 m
Descent: -1,486' -453 m
High: 1,086' 331 m
Low: 840' 256 m
GradeAvg Grade: 5% (3°)
Max Grade: 28% (16°)
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“A long loop around Split Rock Reservoir using a section of the Four Birds Trail and the Split Rock Trail.”— John Maurizi
Features Fall Colors · Lake · Views · Wildlife
Need to Know
Turn right and follow the trail up hill through this rocky section for about one mile. The trail then descends and follows the shoreline while occasionally moving inland a bit. The trail can be difficult to follow at times. After about four miles from the parking lot, you reach a trail junction with the Winnebago Trail and a very rocky section at the north end of the reservoir. The trail moves up and ascends Riley's Rise and meets up with the Split Rock Trail (blue blazes).
Turn right on the Split Rock Trail. The trail descends here to Misty Pond. The terrain is rocky as it leaves Misty Pond. It begins to ascend through glacier erratics to a viewpoint called "Indian Cliffs." The trail follows the ridge and gradually descends rocky terrain as it approaches Split Rock Reservoir. The trail can be difficult to follow at times. Be sure you can spot the next marker.
Around the 7.0 mile mark, the trail begins to follow un-maintained Charlottesburg Road, and around the 7.6 mile mark, watch for the trail to left and back into the woods. The trail crosses the road again about 1.5 miles later, descending toward the reservoir.
The trail exits onto Split Rock Road near a track of power lines. Turn right on Split Rock Road and follow the road a short distance back to the parking lot.
Land Manager: NJ State Parks