Explore this Long Valley hike, New York-New Jersey Trail Conference’s Hike of the Week, for a variety of outdoor elements — starting the hiking season off strong!
We partner with a few organizations to feature all that New Jersey brings to the table, and this week we want to introduce the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference.
What You’ll Find at Schooley’s Mountain Park
- Lake George
- Rocky places to adventure
- Forest trails
- Overlook views
- Picnic area
Warmer weather means more Garden State hiking adventures! And the NYNJTC has you covered with this hike of the week, which starts at a lake and loops around to an overlook.
Hiking the Loop
There are few ways to start your trek through Schooley’s Mountain Park, but you can either start along the banks of Lake George, or just walk right through it on the boardwalk/dock!
Along the trail, you’ll find tons of rocks to scramble (be careful in the rain — rocks, leaves and rain don’t mix!) and climb.
Keep an eye out for the two waterfalls on the first part of your trek (the blue trail).
You’ll be able to take pictures of these waterfalls from the many vantage points along the hike.
After you see the last waterfall, the trail takes you up to the overlook! On a clear day, you’d be able to see “over agricultural lands, with some development in the foreground and hills in the background,” according to the NYNJTC trail description.
Your hike back will be through the forest, which will be bursting with spring colors soon. Keep your eye out for signs of spring — some ferns are already peaking through!
What’s your favorite place to go hiking on an NYNJTC-maintained trail? Let us know in the comments!
- NYNJTC for short (follow them on Instagram!)
- Volunteer-powered organization that builds, maintains, and protects public trails
- Strive to ensure that the trails and natural areas we share are sustainable and accessible for all to enjoy for generations to come
- Maintain over 740 miles of public trails in New Jersey available to us all year round! (over 2,000 miles when you include New York)
- Provide public programs and events to educate wilderness stewards on how to protect these open spaces
- Publish maps and guides for purchase
NJspots helps residents and visitors discover cool, unique, and beautiful places to explore in New Jersey. Many adventures land you on trails maintained by the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit, volunteer-powered organization that builds, maintains, and protects public trails. NJspots encourages us to give back to our partner organization who helps us connect with nature.
We’ve set a goal of $1,000 to benefit the trails and the natural areas we share. Help us meet and exceed our goal!
The Trail Conference protects 741 miles of trails in New Jersey through trail maintenance and construction, ecological stewardship, conservation, and advocacy needed to help the Garden State live up to its name. New Jersey has plenty to offer for trail users of all types, and we’re growing new opportunities every year — your support will help our ongoing efforts!