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NJ Hacklebarney State Park Trails - Hiking

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Lat: 40.749176
Lng: -74.730034

Marker owner: audisnapr

Average user rating for this marker: 5

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NJ Hacklebarney State Park Trails
Marker Description: The freshwater Black River briskly cuts its way through rocky Hacklebarney State Park, cascading around boulders in the hemlock-lined ravine. Two tributaries, Rinehart and Trout Brooks, also course their way through this glacial valley, feeding the Black River. Even in the heat of midsummer, the temperature of Black River gorge is cool and refreshing.

Today Hacklebarney is a favorite place for avid anglers, hikers and picnickers, yet in the 19th century the park was a mined iron ore site. The gushing river against the grey boulders and dark green hemlocks creates a majestic beauty in any season.

Three rare and endangered plant species exist within the park: American ginseng, leatherwood and Virginia pennywort. Over a hundred bird species and wildlife such as black bear, woodchuck, deer and fox live in the park.

Visitor Comments

Re: NJ Hacklebarney State Park Trails Posted by audisnapr Tue. October 22, 2013 03:00 am
Clearly I like this area. Wife, daughter and I took a stroll through the park late Jan. 2013. Access to the river and picnic areas made easy by parking off of Hacklebarney Rd at the Park's office. There are two trails down to the river - the easy, longer route (stay to the right) or the direct, more difficult route. When going fishing, I choose the latter. There are two trails, one on either side of the river which provide a nice day hike for the after church goers and the like. Don't be surprised if you see 1, 2 or 10 fisherman though. Be kind, don't ask them how many fish they've caught. They are trying to pretend you aren't there.
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