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New Jersey The Appalachian Trail

Overview

The Appalachian Trail is a non-governmental, independently managed recreation facility of the national park system and is the nation’s longest marked hiking trail at 2,180 miles. It traverses 14 states from Maine’s Mount Katahdin to Georgia’s Springer Mountain over scenic, wooded, pastoral and rugged terrain. The «AT» as it’s called by hikers, is maintained by 30 trail clubs and multiple partnerships

The New Jersey stretch of the Appalachian Trail is 74 miles long and begins at Abram S. Hewitt State Forest in the northern most point and runs west and south through Wawayanda State Park, High Point State Park, Stokes State Forest, ending at Worthington State Forest.

The NJ stretch of the Appalachian Trail can range from very flat and easy to very rugged, rocky trails ascending to elevations from 350 to 1,803 feet. In addition to heavily wooded and rocky surfaces, the terrain also includes bogs and wetlands with plenty of wildlife, including an active bear population, deer herds, and many species of birds.

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