Hacklebarney State Park

119 Hacklebarney Rd, Long Valley, NJ 07853-9525, Morris County


Updated: 2014-07-20 14:24:15 Short URL: gonj.me/380zpt
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, creating picture perfect waterfalls, eventually 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.

Hacklebarney is a hiking only park, no bikes are allowed on any trails.

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Trail & Path Info

The park itself has many trails, all of which have a good bit of elevation change. You start at about 620 feet above sea level and walk down to about 440 near the river. Some spots are steep, some spots are flat. There are 2 main type of trails within the park: (1) wide, crushed rock (2) rocky/rugged. If you grab a park map once you get to the park, you will see they have marked the rugged and smooth trail types as: (1) a solid line or (2) a dashed line.

Our preferred route when visiting the park is to follow the outermost trails, going "clockwise" from the main lot...

We leave the parking lot along the main trail, taking the first left, down the stairs onto the "Upper Trail" (red). This brings you past some picnic benched, past a beautiful waterfall, and eventually winds down to the river. Though this section is completely along the wide, crushed rock trail type, there is a good bit of elevation change.

Once along the river, the trail levels out a good bit. You will find the "wide trail" type also gets a bit more challenging. There are rocks, some downed trees, and some fun sections bringing your feet close to the river itself. You will also pass a few nice places to stop, including a are with picnic tables, a bathroom (that may or may not be open), and a few benches.

Eventually, the trail along the river takes a right, and turns into the "Rhinehart Trail". This will wrap back up the main hill, connect you to the Main Trail, and bring you back to the main parking lot.

The hike mentioned above is just a bit shy of 4 miles, but will certainly get your heart going as it brings up up and down the 150+ elevation change within the park!

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Activities:
  • Fishing
  • Hiking
  • Hunting
  • Jogging / Running
Amenities:
  • Bathrooms
  • Picnic / Sitting Area
  • Playground
Trails:
  • Rugged / Rocky
Parks & Gardens:
  • State Park

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