Parking on the NJ Appalachian Trail

Section 3 - NJ 284 to NJ 23 (High Point) Displayed from North to South

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Marker
 
Hiker Rated
Parking Safety
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0.0
NJ 284
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From the intersection of 23 and 284 in Sussex, go north 6.3 miles on Rt 284 past Quarryville to AT crossing. This is 0.1 miles past the intersection with Oil City Road. Parking is at trail crossing of NJ 94 1/29/2006
GPS N41.28850, W74.55196 The parking area and the southbound trail can be seen by rotating the map to the west. The northbound trail an be seen by rotating the street view to the northeast. 3/17/08 4-5 1
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From the north follow NY 284 south. This becomes NJ 284 once it crosses the state line. The crossing is 0.4 miles past the intersection with State Line Road. The northbound trail (to Section 2) goes east while the southbound trail (to Section 3) goes west just south of the parking area. 07/22/09
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1.0
Lott Road (aka Jersey Avenue)
  Poor            Great



 
GPS N41.29841 W74.56872 10/16/2008
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Head .3 Miles south from route 284, trail is just after a big industrial building. Southbound AT meets Lott Road at the creek bridge. 08/10/08 Pullout for 1 car 1
dhschneider @ yahoo.com
From the intersection of NY 284 and Main St. in Unionville, continue south on NY 284 for about 0.1 mile. Take the second right onto Jersey Avenue. The state line is reached in 0.3 miles. Here bear left on Lott Avenue. The trail crossing is just a short distance down this road. The northbound trail goes right (east) towards NJ 284. The southbound trail goes left (west) towards Unionville Road. 07/14/10
dlcul @ conncoll.edu
1.7
Quarry Road
  Poor            Great



 
GPS N41.30030 W74.57201 10/16/2008 1
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Head south on Quarry from route 36 - parking area is on the left (East) 400 feet or so. Plenty of parking on both sides of the road. 08/10/08 4-5
dhschneider @ yahoo.com
From the intersection of Main Street and NY 284 in Unionville, go west on Main St. for 0.3 miles. Bear left on County Road 36. In 0.2 miles, bear left again onto Quarry Road. The trail crossing is in about 0.1 miles just across the state line. The northbound trail goes left (east) towards NJ 284. The southbound trail goes right (west) towards Unionville Road. 07/14/10
dlcul @ conncoll.edu
1.9
Unionville Road (county 651)
  Poor            Great



 
GPS N41.30227 W74.57582 10/16/2008 2-3 1
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From the intersection of NY 284 and Main Street in Unionville, go west on Main StreetIn 0.3 miles bear left on County Road 36. Very shortly this crosses the state line. Somewhere in this vicinity, this becomes Unionville Road. The trail crossing is 0.3 miles past the state line, Rotate the street view on the attached map to the northwest to see the southbound trail from Unionville Road. A possible pul-off for parking is also visible in this view. The northbound trail is not clearly visible in this particular view. The AT Guide to NY/NJ (16th ed.) says the trail crosses the road diagonally to the left. 07/14/10 few roadside 1
dlcul @ conncoll.edu
2.4
Goldsmith Lane
  Poor            Great



 
No parking on Goldsmith lane, but you can park on Mt. Salem Rd. 08/10/08 2-3 1
dhschneider @ yahoo.com
See Mile 6.0 (Courtwright Raod) for directions to Mt. Salem Road from the east and west. Once on Mt Salem Road go 3.8 miles east from County Road 519, then go left (north) on Goldsmith Lane for a couple of hundred feet to the trail crossing. From Unionville Road go west 0.3 miles, then go right on Goldsmith Lane to the trail crossing. The coordinates for this crossing (41.30445, -74.58173) are from this site maintained by Backpacker magazine: http://bp2.trimbleoutdoors.com/ViewTrip.aspx?tripid=47534 Note the comment in the previous listing about parking. goldsmith Lne is actually a private road into somebody's farm. At the crossing, the southbound trail goes left (west) towards Vernie Swamp, while the northbound goes right towards Unionville Road. 07/14/10 0 at crossing but see previous listing
dlcul @ conncoll.edu
2.7
Goldsmith Road
  Poor            Great



 
See Mile 6.0 (Courtwright Raod) for directions to Mt. Salem Road from the east and west. Once on Mt Salem Road go 3.3 miles east from County Road 519, then go left (north) on Goldsmith Road for 0.3 miles to the trail crossing. From Unionville Road go west 0.6 miles, then go right on Goldsmith Road to the trail crossing. Ther is roadside parking for a few cars. The coordinates for this crossing (41.30778, -74.58645) are from this site maintained by Backpacker magazine: http://bp2.trimbleoutdoors.com/ViewTrip.aspx?tripid=47534 The northbound trail goes right towards Vernie Swamp. The southbound trail goes right towards High Point. 07/13/10 Few roadside 1
dlcul @ conncoll.edy
3.2
Goodrich Road
  Poor            Great



 
GPS N41.31492 W74.60247 10/16/2008
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.2 miles north of Mt. Salem Rd No obvious parking, but no obvious restrictions against it. 08/10/08 1-2 1
dhschneider @ yahoo.com
See Mile 6.0 (Courtwright Raod) for directions to Mt. Salem Road from the east and west. Once on Mt Salem Road go 2.8 miles east from County Road 519, then go left (north) on Goodrich Road for 0.2 miles to the trail crossing. From Unionville Road go west 1.1 miles, then go right on Goodrich Road to the trail crossing. There is roadside parking for a few cars. The green arrow indicates the trail crossing. The northbound trail goes right (east) while the southbound goes left (west). 07/14/10 Few roadside 1
dlcul @ conncoll.edu
4.2
Gemmer Road
  Poor            Great



 
GPS N41.31636 W74.60789 10/16/2008 2-3 1
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See Mile 6.0 (Courtwright Raod) for directions to Mt. Salem Road from the east and west. Once on Mt Salem Road go 2.1 miles east from County Road 519, then go left (north) on Gemmer Road for 0.3 miles to the trail crossing. From Unionville Road go west 1.8 miles, then go right on Gemmer Road to the trail crossing. According to the NY/NJ AT Trail Guide (16th edition) the northbound trail reaches the road, goes right for 200 feet, then goes left into the woods. I just can't remember this jog from when I hiked the section 07/13/10
dlcul @ conncoll.edu
4.8
Ferguson Road
  Poor            Great



 
GPS N41.32153 W74.61651 When we hiked through here, the road sign said Ferguson Road in NJ and Mt Salem Rd in NY. We later saw a sign at High Point State Park office that said "Absolutely no AT parking anywhere on Ferguson Rd". 10/16/2008 ??? 1
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See Mile 6.0 (Courtwright Raod) for directions to Mt. Salem Road from the east and west. Once on Mt Salem Road go 1.5 miles east from County Road 519, then go left (north) on Ferguson Road for 0.5 miles to the trail crossing, whichis just south of the state line. From Unionville Road go west 2.3 miles, then go right on Ferguson Road to the trail crossing. The trail west (trail south) of Ferguson Road can be clearly bee seen as it crosses a pasture on the satellite view of the map attached above. According to the NY/NJ AT Trail Guide (16th edition) the northbound trail reaches the road, goes right for 120 feet, then goes left into the woods. I just can't remember this jog from when I hiked the section. 07/13/10
dlcul @ conncoll.edu
6.0
Courtwright Road
  Poor            Great



 
GPS N41.32465 W74.63145 The green arrow on the attached map indicates the trail crossing. 10/16/2008 Possibly 2-3 on the shoulder. This is a gravel road. 1
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From the north: Take Exit 2 off I-84 in New york. Go south on Mountain Road, soon crossing US 6. In 3 miles cross the state line. The road becomes County Road 519 in New Jersey. Continue another 1.1 miles to the intersection with Mt. Salem Road. Go left onto Mt. Salem Road.
From the south: Go north on County Road 519 from the intersection with NJ 23 7 miles west of Sussex and 0.9 miles east of the High Point State Park headquarters. In 1.5 miles, go right on Mt. Salem Road. .

Once on Mt. Salem Road, go east 0.6 miles, then go left on Courtwright Road. The trail crossing is 0.7 miles further.
The northbound trail goes right (east) while the southbound trail goes left (west). 07/13/10
dlcul @ conncoll.edu
The previous listing gives directions from the west. Here is a route from the east. From the intersection of NY 284 and Main Street in Unionville, go west on Main StreetIn 0.3 miles bear left on County Road 36. Very shortly this crosses the state line. Somewhere in this vicinity, this becomes Unionville Road. A half mile past the state line, go right on Mt. Salem Road. Go west for 3.3 miles, then go north on Courtwright Road for 0.7 miles. 07/13/10 1
dlcul @ conncoll.edu
6.8
County Route 519
  Poor            Great




GPS N41.32856 W74.64314 10/16/2008 4-5 just west of the trail crossing 1
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From the north: Take Exit 2 off I-84 in New york. Go south on Mountain Road, soon crossing US 6. In 3 miles cross the state line. The road becomes County Road 519 in New Jersey. The trail crossing is 0.3 miles further.
From the south: Go north on County Road 519 from the intersection with NJ 23 7 miles west of Sussex and 0.9 miles east of the High Point State Park headquarters. The trail crossing is is 2.3 miles further on County Road 519.
There is a parking pull-off to the north on the west side of the road.
The northbound trail comes in from the west to meet County Road 519. Click on the camera icon by B and rotate to the west to see the trail at this point. The trail turns left along the road, then goes right and enters a field. Click on the camera icon by B and rotate to the east to see the trail at this point. The parking area can be seen by rotating to the north on either view. Note the position of the overlay is off from the actual position of the road. 07/12/10 4-5 1
dlcul @ conncoll.edu
The marker on the map attached here shows the parking area. Rotate the street view to the west to northwest to see it. 07/12/10 1
dlcul @ conncoll.edu
8.6
Monument Trail
  Poor            Great



 
From NJ 23 near the High Point State park Headquarters (See Mile 9.8), go north on Scenic Drive. follow th signs to the High Point Monument. Total distance is about a mile and a half. There is a huge parking lot for the monument. The red/green blazed Monument Trail runs along the west side of the parking lot and just west of the monument. Follow this trail south. The Monument Trail crosses the park road and meets the AT about a quarter mile from the obelisk. Here the northbound AT goes right towards NJ 519 while the southbound goes straight ahead (south) towards NJ 23. The Monument Trail goes right (west) here. Coordinates zt the intersection are 41,3187 -74.8833 . 07/12/10 Ample 1
dlcul @ conncoll.edu
There are several parking areas in the vicinity of Lake Marcia. Park roads and the Monument Trail may be follow east to the intersection with the AT. Attempting to describe all the possibilities here would be a complex process. See the AT map that accompanies the ATC TRail Guide to NY/NJ or refer to 'Kittatinny Trails' by Robert Boysen. Any parking safety ratings should refer to the parking area near the monument. 07/12/10
dlcul @ conncoll.edu
8.8
Observation Tower (Scenic Drive)
  Poor            Great



 
From NJ 23 near the High Point State park Headquarters (See Mile 9.8), follow Scenic Drive north for 0.2 miles. Go right. I believe the the road becomes one-way here. It goes along the east shore of Lake Marcia. In 0.9 miles there should be a side trail to the right which leads to the Observation Tower on the AT. I have not checked out this trailhead, but according to 'Kittatinny Trails' by Robert Boysen, thee is parking for a few cars roadside here. According to 'Kittatinny Trails', a 100 foot long side trail leads from the road east to the observation tower. The B marker on the attached map shows the approximate location of the trailhead. The observation tower itself can be seen just to the east of the marker. 07/11/10 Few at Roadside 1
dlcul @ conncoll.edu
8.8
Observation Tower (Lake Marcia Dam Parking)
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Go north from near the headquarters of the High Point Statte Park along Scenic Drive towards Lake Marcia. I know part of the route is one-way , but according to the Google Map, one can go 0.5 miles directly to the parking area at the south end of Lake Marcia. There is a large parking lot on the right (east) and a smaller one on the west (left). The entrance to the lot is indicated by Marker B on the map attached above. According to 'Kittatinny Trails', by Robert Boysen, there is a trail which leads from the southeast corner of the east parking lot north along the east shore of Lake Marcia. The distance to the observation tower trail is estimated to be 0.3 miles using the map of the area in that book. 07/11/10 Ample 1
dlcul @ conncoll.edu
9.8
NJ 23
  Poor            Great




From I-84 (exit 1) in NY, take NJ 23 south to southern driveway of High Point State Park Headquarters. 1/29/2006 20
GPS N41.30452 W74.67039 . This would be for the approximate location of the trail crossing of NJ 23. The designated AT parking lot is no longer adjacent to the trail (See below). Rotate the street view on the attached map to the north to see the northbound trail to Section 3 leaving NJ 23. The southbound trail to NJ Section 4 goes south on the other side of the highway. 07/09/10 1
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The following is from the ATC web-site. The previous listings all refer to the old parking area right next to the AT near the High Point Park headquarters.
High Point State Park has moved the overnight hiker parking area to a larger and flatter paved lot 0.2 mile further east on NJ Rt. 23. The new parking area, marked by a sign, is on the south side of Rt. 23 and is connected to the A.T. via a 0.25 mile side trail, a portion of which utilizes the red-blazed Iris Trail. A free permit from the High Point SP office is required for overnight parking. 07/09/10

dlcul @ conncoll.edu
This route is more convenient if coming from the east on I-84. Take exit 2 off I-84 in New York. Go south on Mountain Road, soon crossing US 6. In approximately 3 miles, the road crosses into New Jersey and becomes County Road 519. At 5.5 miles from I-85, go right on NJ 23. The new AT parking area (see below) is approximately 0.7 miles further while the headquarters of High Point State Park is 0.9 miles. 07/12/10
dlcul @ conncoll.edu

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