South Stokes Loop
ElevationAscent: 1,226' 374 m
Descent: -1,225' -373 m
High: 1,417' 432 m
Low: 785' 239 m
GradeAvg Grade: 4% (2°)
Max Grade: 29% (16°)
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“Run through the south section of Stokes State Forest on several trails with view from the AT at the end.”— Charles Behnken
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.
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Land Manager: NJ DEP - Stokes State Forest