Lafayette, Sussex County is indeed bestowed with the supreme love of nature. It is a beautiful countryside very popular for hiking and trailing, loved by visitors and locals alike. The Sussex Skylands is a spectacle with miles of hiking trails here.
There are hikes to state parks, waterfalls, family-friendly strolls (mostly flat) on rail trails, and climbs that bring you to New Jersey’s highest point, located in the aptly named High Point State Park. The Stairway to Heaven is a gorgeous trail that is a part of the 45 mile Appalachian Trail. It’s one of the most beautiful views in NJ, strolling through which a suspension bridge and a cow pasture to climb to what we think is the best view in NJ.
The Appalachian Trail runs through two state parks, (High Point and Stokes State Forest), with country roads meeting the trail every few miles of the entire stretch so you can undertake short day hikes. Or take a couple of days to walk the whole distance. As the elevation in this section ranges from 350 to 1,685 feet, hike north to south if you like to walk downhill.
The Paulinskill Valley Rail Trail runs for 27 miles, all along the Paulins Kill River. There are numerous parking areas along the trail where you can conveniently park your vehicle and start walking. The trail offers many amenities to hikers with restrooms located at various trailheads, and portions of the trail being wheelchair accessible. The Main Parking Area is at Warbasse Junction. You can pursue activities like hiking, biking, fishing, horseriding, cross country skiing, biking, and more while exploring this lovely trail. Please see the Sussex Skylands Trail Map for other parking areas along the trail.
The Sussex Branch Trail is a 14.8-kilometer trail with moderate traffic and back trail located near Lafayette Township, New Jersey. This relatively flat trail is endowed with beautiful wildflowers and hikers of all skill levels can access this trail. The trail offers several activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are allowed on this trail and you can always stop at the Mill for a bite of the popular warm blueberry pie.
Some other hiking trails in and around Lafayette that are worth mentioning are the Sparta Glen, Stokes State Forest, High Point State Park, Kittatinny Valley State Park, Wallkill River National Wildlife Refugee, and so on. They offer comfortable amenities for tourists to ensure that their trail and hiking experience is a memorable one.
These hiking trails in and around Lafayette township are a delight for nature lovers, hikers, mountaineers, and explorers. Unleash your adventure spirit by visiting these amazing trails that depict pristine nature, just the way god developed it. Visitors can enjoy scenic views and gaze at the plentiful wildlife, such as bears, bobcats, mink, and deer, along the path. This is also a paradise for birds as sightings of more than 100 species of birds have been documented.