Paulinskill - Valley & Sussex - Branch - Hiking & Backpacking

Paulinskill - Valley & Sussex - Branch - Hiking & Backpacking


The Paulinskill Valley Trail is a rail trail along the Paulins Kill river in New Jersey. It is the sixth longest trail in the state at 27 miles (43 km). It was originally a right-of-way of the New York, Susquehanna and Western Railway and the Blairstown Railway. Vestiges of the railway remain including several bridges, stations, mileage markers, telegraph poles and other railway artifacts. There are also numerous benches and signs explaining the history of the trail and its artifacts. Over 560 species of birds have been sighted on the trail as well as a multitude of other wildlife. The Paulinskill Valley Trail intersects the Sussex Branch Trail at Warbasse Junction just north of Newton as well as the 3.5-mile Great Valley Rail Trail, along Paulins Kill Lake. The trail is frequented by hikers, bicyclists, joggers and people who are just out for a stroll. Horseback riding is also permitted. Access is denied to motor vehicles, however, although trailheads typically provide some modest amount of parking. Although the trail is generally well-maintained from the Paulinskill Viaduct north, south of that location the quality of the trail is somewhat uneven. Over the years there have been surpringly few encroachments onto the right-of-way. The most notable encroachment is at Blairstown Airport where the trail ceases to exist for about a half-mile (1 km). Signage directs the hiker to where the trail continues.

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Est. time
2 hours 45 minutes
Distance
2.5 km
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