Trail Run Project Logo

South Stokes Loop

  4.0 ( 2 ) Favorite


10.7 mile 17.2 kilometer loop
94% Runnable


Ascent: 1,226' 374 m
Descent: -1,225' -373 m
High: 1,417' 432 m
Low: 785' 239 m


Avg Grade: 4% (2°)
Max Grade: 29% (16°)


Driving directions Take a virtual tour
Zoom in to see details
Map Key

Trail shared by Charles Behnken

Run through the south section of Stokes State Forest on several trails with view from the AT at the end.

Charles Behnken

Features Fall Colors · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife


This is a nice loop which gets you back into the less traveled southern section of Stokes State Forest. This run takes you through the woods below the ridge until it meets Brinks Rd. where it picks up the AT for the return. The AT heads along the ridge with some great views of Culver's lake. Most of the trail is on old woods roads and the climbs are gradual, but some of the sections are lightly used singletrack.

Need to Know

A very large beaver pond has submerged Brinks Rd. and you have to bushwhack around it.


Run from Strubbles Rd. on Steffen Trail to just before Woods Road, taking Criss Rd. instead to the northwest away from the Appalachian Trail. Hook up with Stoll Trail for a short run through an old pine forest (there may be many blow downs on this trail) to Diamon Rd. Run a short distance to the southwest along the road where you pick up the Shay Trail.

The Shay Trail is not marked by a sign and the trail markers are behind leaves, but it is a gated old wood road. Follow Shay Trail uphill for about a mile to where it meats Brinks Rd. Follow Brinks Rd. to the left for a short while where it dead ends at a beaver pond which has submerged the road. Go below the pond and find away across the outlet stream looking for Woods Road on the other side.

Head back to the pond on the Red Maple Trail (Woods Road) until you find the intersection where Brinks Rd. comes out of the pond. Head up Brinks Rd. past the AT shelter to find the AT. Go north on the AT back to Rt 206 (visit the Acropolis on the way via a short pass on Acropolis Trail).

Once at Rt. 206 you have two options. As mapped, follow the shoulder of 206 north to Struble Rd. and take a left to head back to the parking lot. BE CAUTIOUS OF TRAFFIC! This road is very busy so use your best judgement here. Alternatively, if you don't want to deal with the traffic, leave a second car at the AT parking lot. At 206, cross the road and follow the trail to the AT parking lot.

Flora & Fauna

Beaver, pines, hemlock

Run this trail?

We need help with the following missing trail information:

Dogs Allowed, Runner Notes, History & Background


Rate This Featured Run

Rate Quality

   Clear Rating

Rate Difficulty

Share This Run

Check In



Trail Ratings

  4.0 from 2 votes


  4.0 from 2 votes
5 Star
4 Star
3 Star
2 Star
1 Star
Featured Run Rankings


in New Jersey


31 Views Last Month
1,147 Since May 24, 2018



View of Culver Lake from AT
Apr 23, 2018 near Crandon…, NJ
View of Culver Lake from AT
Apr 23, 2018 near Crandon…, NJ
View of Culver Lake from Appalachian Trail (May)
Jul 8, 2018 near Crandon…, NJ
Box turle cossing Steffen trail
Jul 8, 2018 near Crandon…, NJ
Steffen Trail
Apr 23, 2018 near Crandon…, NJ
Steffen Trail
Apr 23, 2018 near Crandon…, NJ


Trail Run Project is part of the REI Co-op family,
where a life outdoors is a life well lived.

Shop REI Running