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The New Jersey Appalachian Trail

The Appalachian Trail (the A.T.), is a hiking trail extending almost 2,200 miles (3,540 km) between Springer Mountain in Georgia and Mount Katahdin in Maine in the Eastern United States. It passes through fourteen states including New Jersey. More than three million people are known to hike through various areas of this trail every year. The Appalachian Trail Conservancy claims the Appalachian Trail to be the longest hiking-only trail in the world.

The New Jersey portion of the Appalachian Trail covers 72.2 miles winding through various towns in this Northeastern state. This magnificent walking trail runs through Worthington State Forest, High Point State Park, Stokes State Park, and Wawayanda State Park. No motorized vehicles, except for those in emergency situations, are permitted for the entire length of the trail. Dogs are permitted on leashes throughout the experience. Overnight shelters are permitted for camping experiences of 10 people or less for one night only. These areas are closely monitored by New Jersey Park Rangers both day and night, rain, snow, or shine. The sites can be found via the internet, trail maps, and with the clear, white, painted markings along the way.

As of May 21, 2022, the Brink Road Shelter at northbound mile 1321.8 in Stokes State Forest, New Jersey has been closed temporarily due to a bear attempting to enter a tented area. Bears occupy the length of the Appalachian Trail in New Jersey. Although bears are quite a common occurrence, being prepared and aware can signify the difference between the bears being a nuisance or a threat. Information along the trail and significant details online assist the wary hiker in understanding this incredible wild animal.

Walking on the trail requires a bit of proactive participation. Having proper clothing, walking shoes, a charged cell phone, and adequate hydration will ensure a safe, fun experience. A few trail snacks for the day will enhance the day. There is water along most routes, however, it is not potable for drinking. If absolutely necessary the water can be chemically treated and/or boiled for 5 minutes or more for safety precautions. It is important to remember to stay on the trail itself and read the directional postings along the way to further ensure positive travel. In addition, all trash brought in needs to be carried out as well.

The wildlife experience along the 72.2 miles of the New Jersey portion of The Appalachian Trail includes Black Bear, White-tailed Deer, Eastern Cottontails, Porcupine, and Eastern Grey Squirrel. Red Squirrel, Eastern Chipmunk, and White-footed Mice. Respect for the environment and wildlife is paramount for any traveler along nature trails.

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