Stokes State Forest: Hiking - See 61 traveler reviews, 57 candid photos, and great deals for Branchville, NJ, at Tripadvisor. Stokes State Forest is a park for all those looking for a quick weekend getaway. The park has 24 official trails with the shortest one being less than half a mile and the longest one close to thirteen miles of breathtaking natural terrain. Whether you plan spending one day here or several, you’ll find plenty of ways to fill your hours with fun, memorable activities. This is my 1st time visiting this trail system. The crest of Sunrise Mountain is one of the most popular landmarks to visit at Stokes State Forest. 12.5 miles of the Appalachian Trail follows the Kittatinny Mountain Ridge through Stokes State Forest. Stokes State Forest 9.65 miles Branchville, Sussex County, NJ. Stokes State Forest is a great alternative and offers many more trails that cover a greater area. 4K likes. Although this is a beautiful (and quite popular) spot, you don’t have to be a hiker to enjoy Stokes State Forest. ... but it was worth it for a great view from Sunrise Mountain and just some nice thick, secluded forest hiking. With tall trees making the area cool, shaded woods, you can come here with the entire family to spend a day of hiking, picnicking and exploring! Join up with the trail in New Jersey, through rugged and remote wilderness, varied elevation and more … This majestic cascade is easily accessible. 34 reviews of Stokes State Forest "I've been coming to stokes about twice a year for the past 4 years. The sign at the entrance to the trail in the parking lot says 50ft off the trail, 150ft from a road. Buttermilk Falls, located inside Stokes State Forest, is one of the most beautiful. The crest of Sunrise Mountain in Stokes State Forest offers a breathtaking view of pastoral farmlands and thick forests from the Appalachian Trail, which runs through New Jersey’s Kittatinny Range. Last weekend we took a drive to Stokes State Forest in the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area of New Jersey. There are 25 named and marked trails in Stokes State Forest including the Appalachian Trail (hiking only) which traverses the eastern edge of the forest for more than 9 miles. Stokes State Forest offers marked hiking trails, multiple fishing locations and camping all year long. Young men in the Civilian Conservation Corps constructed the road to the summit as well as a pavilion in the 1930s. And the best part? The Ann Stokes Loop is a 2 mile hike (1.5 hours) featuring varied terrain, rugged slopes and a stand of large hemlocks. Stokes State Forest is the hiker's paradise. East Hill provides exceptional views of the town of Chesterfield and Indian Pond. This trail's designated use is restricted to hiking only for its entire length from Maine to Georgia. Campsites: 122 tent and trailer sites and group sites with fire rings and picnic tables and furnished cabins. They also developed Lake Ocquittunk, Kittle Field, and Shotwell areas, and built the forest's extensive trail system. Great for picnics, nature photography, bird watching. I've been to other parts of Stokes State Forest before, but I just discovered peaceful, beautiful Lake Ocquittunk. The first viewpoint on the Cartwright trail - as the trail starts to head steeply up - is fantastic. Hiking Trails are abundant in Stokes State Forest Things to See around Stokes State Forest. Hiking Trails. Stony Lake is one such area with 6 accessible trails that link with other others to form loops of varying length, letting you choose the trail or loop that suits your hiking preference and ability. Stokes State Forest bottom of Buttermilk Falls—Nikon D5100 + 11-16 mm f/2.8 @ 16 mm, f/9.0. After hiking around Tillman Ravine, with the risk of another downpour clouding our decisions, we decided to drive to Buttermilk Falls. One of the USA’s most renowned scenic hiking trails, the AT has been around since 1937, wowing anyone who embarks on its picturesque path up the East Coast. Stokes State Forest is a hot spot for hiking enthusiasts. Part of the Appalachian Trail, Sunrise Mountain boasts views of scenic New Jersey farmland as well as an evergreen forest. The Indian Pond Trail is a easy 45 minutes round trip hike to the secluded, beautiful mountain lake.. Stokes State Forest – Sussex County Stokes State Forest is 15,482 acres of fun and exploration. Great 7-mile hike in Stokes State Forest. Tillman Ravine, Stokes State Forest Tillman Ravine is "flat out gorgeous,'' reports njhiking.com. It is patrolled by park rangers, but they seem to leave hikers alone after dusk. Stokes State Forest in Branchville, ... 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