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Lake Hopatcong Trail: Morris Canal to Prospect Point

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 3.5 (2)

A lengthy trail winding through a hilly woodland with an occasional segment using 2-lane roads.


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10.2

Miles

16.4

KM

94%

Runnable

1,252' 382 m

High

928' 283 m

Low

1,183' 360 m

Up

1,085' 331 m

Down

4%

Avg Grade (2°)

37%

Max Grade (21°)

Dogs Leashed

Features Fall Colors · Lake · River/Creek · Wildlife

Need to Know

Please note that part of this trail crosses the Hudson Farm Commercial Hunting Preserve which allows year-round hunting. Please wear bright colors and stay on the trail.

Additionally, the northern end passes near Weldon Quarry which blasts rock on weekdays. There is, of course, no danger, but don't be surprised at an unexpected bang or two.

Description

This is the first completed segment of a planned 40 mile route around Lake Hopatcong. This section begins on the Morris Canal Towpath across from Hopatcong State Park in Landing. It winds through Hopatcong Borough, with several spurs to access the trail, all the way to the Prospect Point Preserve in Jefferson.

A large section of this trail follows the path of The Highlands Trail - NJ Section, and this is the most engaging component. The initial section through Hopatcong has a few portions of trail on a 2-lane road and very wide doubletrack, but once out of this area, the trail is quite serene, even though you are in sight of roadways in many locations.

Highlights of this trail include multiple stream crossings, a lovely swamp, and occasional patches of rhododendron bushes. There are no interesting vistas, but if you enjoy a stroll through quiet woods, then this trail is for you.

Flora & Fauna

Typical northern NJ hardwood forest with sections of rhododendron and swampland. Deer and Bear frequent the area too.

Contacts

Shared By:

Lou Poulas

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The Lake Hopatcong Trail turns into a footpath at the west end of Bear Pond.
Dec 12, 2018 near Hopatco…, NJ
The Morris Canal Toe Path
Dec 12, 2018 near Hopatcong, NJ
The Lake Hopatcong Trail skirts around many interesting rock formations, this one highlighted by green moss, even in December.
Dec 12, 2018 near Hopatco…, NJ
An iced over swamp along the Lake Hopatcong Trail in NJ.
Dec 12, 2018 near Hopatcong, NJ
The Lake Hopatcong Trail turns doubletrack (or wider) in the Hopatcong area.
Dec 12, 2018 near Hopatcong, NJ

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