The Appalachian Trail along the Kittatinny Range in New Jersey is rugged and more remote than one might expect considering its proximity to large population centers, with abundant wildlife, including an active bear population.
Elevation changes are generally moderate and vary from relatively flat and gentle to short, steep, rocky pitches. Other sections cross bogs and wetlands, including a wildlife sanctuary that features a wide spectrum of bird species. The Trail crosses the Delaware River at the picturesque Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area.
A highlight of the southern section is glacial Sunfish Pond, but you’ll want to hike mid-week or off-season to avoid crowds.
A.T. mileage 72 miles
Difficulty rating 2-5 (rating scale explained)
Elevation 350—1,685 feet
Guidebook Appalachian Trail Guide to New York-New Jersey
When to go Late April through early June. September and October.
The beautiful states of New Jersey and New York. The terrain begins to become less flat in these states, no matter what the guidebooks say. You’ll see some different animals that I filmed both in the wild and at the Bear Mountain Zoo. That was an amazing place. I recommend it even if you’re not hiking the trail.
Video Trail Report from Thru-Hiker Tutts99