Hike part of the AT through marshlands, forest, and meadow to a beautiful lookout above the mountains and valley.
This popular hike starts out on the Appalachian Trail (AT, white blazes). You begin on a boardwalk that crosses over a marsh, then you leave the boardwalk and enter a forested area. At around 1.4 miles, follow a bicycle path, Canal Road, then turn right, cross over a bridge, and take a left through a gate.
At 2.2 miles you begin the climb up Wawayanda Mountain – to get there, you will need to cross over a number of stiles, as well as the railroad tracks, as you head to a parking lot across Route 94.
Once you enter a large boulder field, the trail becomes more difficult and pick up elevation. When you see the rock steps, you will have reached the “Stairway to Heaven”!
At 3.6 miles, turn left onto the Blue Spur Trail, marked by a “Lookout 100ft” sign. Continue to the Pinwheel Vista, a rock outcropping, where you can enjoy the views.
This hike can also be shortened by driving up to the parking lot on Route 94, to complete only the Stairway of Heaven (2.5 mile roundtrip).
Take a day trip to Warwick NY which is only 18 minutes away from our Vernon, NJ vacation rentals (www.MountainCreekLodging.com) and enjoy quaint shoppes, amazing restaurants, craft beer, music and even a farmers market on Sundays (spring/summer/fall).
We always visit "Frazzelberries" a nice historic country store where my wife and I always find new and exciting decor to add to our vacation rentals at Mountain Creek.
Grab lunch at "Fetch" a bar & grill offering amazing comfort food and craft beer on tap. My favorite entree is their "Turkey Pot" which I can never finish and is comprised of everything one would find spread out on a table at Thanksgiving! Pair it with a tall glass of "Allegash White" beer and your in heaven. My favorite appetizer there is their "pulled port quesadilla." Fetch gives a % of their profits to dog rescue organizations and they will even let you hang a framed picture of your dog on their B & G wall. So cool!
For a nice relaxing dinner we recommend "Grappa" whee you can sit outside on their large patio under an umbrella enjoying fantastic Italian food while sipping wine and sangria (best Sangria) listening to live music preformed by local musicians on some weekend evenings.
The 1.5-mile Pochuck Boardwalk and its 110-foot long wooden suspension bridge elevates this section of the Appalachian Trail over what was once a prehistoric lake between the Pochuck and Wawayanda Mountains near Vernon, New Jersey.
This beautiful walk is full of native cattails, plumed grasses, wildflowers, hemlock, firs, and five species of oak. The National Park Service has designated the low-lying floodplain next to Pochuck Creek one of the most valued wetlands in the country.
The boardwalk puts you on a unique sliver of the historic Appalachian Trail as it crosses northern New Jersey. It draws everyone from locals enjoying a casual walk to the most determined thru-hikers who call the Appalachian Trail home for as long as it takes to hike from Georgia to Maine.
The Pochuck Boardwalk was constructed in 1995 by volunteers under the direction of the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference and the Appalachian Trail Conservancy.
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