Parking on the NJ Appalachian Trail

Section 4 - NJ 23 to US 206 (Culvers Gap) Displayed from North to South

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Marker
 
Hiker Rated
Parking Safety
Directions Comments Number of Vehicles Map   &  
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0.0
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
askus3 @ optonline.net
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
at @ rohland.org
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. 07/09/10
dlcul @ conncoll.edu
The following is from the ATC web-site. I do not know the status of 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
5.2
Deckertown Turnpike
  Poor            Great




Overnight parking is not permitted. 1/30/2006
From the intersection of NJ 94 and NJ 23 in Hamburg, take NJ 23 north. Continue on NJ 23 through Sussex. Turn left on Rt 650 (Libertyville Road). At Rt 519 continue straight. This becomes Deckertown Turnpike. The parking lot is on the right hand side of the road between mile markers 8 and 7. GPS N41.252436 W074.689575 10/23/07 8 - 10 1
at @ rohland.org
From the parking lot at Culvers Gap, take Sunrise Mountain Road (one way road) north. This becomes Crigger Road. Continue on Crigger until it ends at Deckertown Turnpike. Turn right on Deckertown. The parking log is on the left after mile marker 7. We left a vehicle at Culvers Gap and took this route to Deckertown for a one-way hike from Deckertown to Culvers Gap. It was a beautiful fall day and the views were spectacular. 10/23/07
at @ rohland.org
The attached map has been slightly modified from the one above to provide another view of this area. Rotate the street view to the northwest to see the parking area. The southbound trail crossings the parking lot, bears left on the road for a short distance, then goes right an re-enters the woods. The southbound can be see if the street view is rotated to the southeast. 07/09/10 1
dlcul @ conncoll.edu
8.6
Cartwright Trail
  Poor            Great



 
From Culvers Gap on US 206 (See Mile 14.3) go north on County Road 636. Take the first left onto Sunrise Mountain Road, It is 4.9 miles from US 206 to the crossing of the Cartwright Trail. The crossing is 0.9 miles beyond he point where the road to Sunrise Mountain goes right. Sunrise Mountain road is one-way (from south to north) beyond the AT parking area. Roadside parking is permitted on the right side of the road. That is not to say that there is any possible at this location. I just can't remember. This is probably better as a drop-off point rather than parking. The position of the crossing on the attached map may be only approximate. It was estimated from the map at: http://www.everytrail.com/view_trip.php?trip_id=610971 From the road go right (east) on the brown over red-blazed Cartwright Trail for 0.4 miles to the AT. At the AT, the northbound trail goes left to Deckertown Turnpike, the southbound to Sunrise Mt. goes right. Coordinates at the AT are 41.2215 -74.7145. Note: This access may be of only limited utility. The same point of the AT may be reached from the Sunrise Mt. in a shorter distance and a descent rather than an steep ascent. . 07/08/10 Limited Roadside Parking 1
dlcul @ conncoll.edu
8.8
Sunrise Mountain
  Poor            Great




From US 206, proceed north on Upper North Shore Rd. for .3 miles then turn left on Sunrise Mountain Rd. and continue for 4.8 miles to the parking area at the end of the road. The green arrow indicates the position of the parking lot. Overnight parking is not permitted. 1/30/2006 20-25 1
9.9
Tinsley Trail (Sunrise Mt. Rd. Crossing)
  Poor            Great



 
From Culver's Gap on US 206 (See Mile 14.3) go north on County Road 636. Take the first left onto Sunrise Mountain Road, It is 3.9 miles from US 206 to the crossing of the Tinsley Trail. Sunrise Mountain road is one-way (from south to north) beyond the AT parking area. Roadside parking is permitted on the right side of the road. That is not to say that there is any possible at this location. I just can't remember. This is probably better as a drop-off point rather than parking. The position of the crossing on the attached map may be only approximate. It was estimated from the map at: http://www.everytrail.com/view_trip.php?trip_id=610971 From the road go right (east) on the yellow-blazed Tinsley Trail for 0.1 miles to the AT. At the AT, the northbound trail goes left to Sunrise Mt., the southbound to Culvers Gap goes right. Coordinates at the AT are 41.2109 -7333. 07/06/10 Limited roadside parking if any 1
dlcul @ conncoll.edu
9.9
Tinsley Trail (Skellenger Road Trailhead)
  Poor            Great



 
From the intersection of County Road 636 and US 206 in Culvers Gap, go northwest on US 206 for 2.4 miles, then go right on Flatbrook Road. Go one mile then go right staying on Flatbrook Road. In another 1.4 miles go right on Skellenger Road. The western terminus of the Tinsley Trail is on the right in an additional 0.7 miles. The marker on the attached map shows the approximate position of the trailhead. This was estimated from the map at: http://www.everytrail.com/view_trip.php?trip_id=610971 . I have not hiked this trail or visited the trailhead, but according to 'Kittatinny Trails' by Robert Boysen, there is roadside parking for a few cars at the trailhead, but there are many other parking opportunities within a half mile. It is 1.95 miles from the trailhead to the AT via the yellow-blazed Tinsley Trail which starts on a gravel road. Sunrise Mt. Road is crossed about 0.1 miles from the At. 07/09/10 See directions 1
dlcul @ conncoll.edu
11.3
Stony Brook Trail
  Poor            Great



 
From Culver's Gap on US 206 (See Mile 14.3) go north on County Road 636. Take the first left onto Sunrise Mountain Road, It is 2.6 miles from US 206 to the Stony Brrok Trail crossing. The trail crossing is just after the road crosses Stony Creek. Sunrise Mountain road is one-way (from south to north) beyond the AT parking area. Roadside parking is permitted on the right side of the road. That is not to say that there is any possible at this location. I just can't remember. This is probably better as a drop-off point rather than parking. From the road go right (east) on the brown-blazed Stony Brook Trail. This climbs to the AT in 0.2 miles. Just before reaching the AT the trail coincides with the blue-blazed trail to Anderson Shelter. At the AT, the northbound trail goes left, the southbound goes right. Coordinates at the Tt are 41.1981 -74.7524. 07/05/10 Limited roadside parking if any. 1
dlcul @ conncoll.edu
Parking safety ratings for this mile marker should refer to the trail crossing (previous listing) The parking area at Stony Lake is also the trailhead for the Stony Book Trail. (See mile 12.3). As for the Tower trail, the hiking route starts out on the Station Trail which has blazes on many colors. This time follow the brown blazes. It is 1.3 miles to Sunrise Mt. Road and 1.5 miles to the AT. 07/07/10 Ample at Stony Lake Parking
dlcul @ conncoll.edu
12.3
Tower Trail (Sunrise Mt. Rd. Crossing)
  Poor            Great



 
From Culver's Gap on US 206 (See Mile 14.3) go north on County Road 636. Take the first left onto Sunrise Mountain Road, Go an additional 1.2 miles to the Tower Trail crossing. Sunrise Mountain road is one-way (from south to north) beyond the AT parking area. Roadside parking is permitted on the right side of the road. That is not to say that there is any possible at this location. I just can't remember. This is probably better as a drop-off point rather than parking. From the crossing, go right (east) on the green-blazed Tower Trail. It is 0.3 miles to the intersection with the AT. Go right on the southbound AT to the tower. The northbound trail goes left towards Sunrise Mt. The tower is in the open area in the lower section of the satellite view on the attached map. Coordinates at the AT intersection are 41.1886 -74.7661. 07/05/10 Limited Roadside parking if any 1
dlcul @ conncoll.edu
12.3
Tower Trail (Stony Lake Trailhead)
  Poor            Great



 
The Stony Lake area is the actual trailhead for many trails, including the Tower Trail. From the intersection of US 206 and County Roady 636 in Culver's gap, go northwest on US 206 for 0.6 miles, then turn right on Coursen Road. This would be the second right. Go 2.0 miles, then go right towards Stony Lake, staying on Coursen road. The parking area, marked by the green arrow on the attached map, is on the left in 0.3 miles. Since this is called a day-use area, I don't know if overnight parking is permitted or not. A fee may be charged for parking in the summer. The trailhead is at the far end of the parking lot near a bulletin board. The first part of the hike is actually on the Station Trail. It has many different color blazes. The Tower Trail is blazed win dark green., so watch for those blazes. It crosses Sunrise Mt. Road in 1.2 miles then goes an additional 0.3 miles to the AT (see previous listing). The Stony Brook Trail also begins here and these two trails along with the AT section between them makes a good loop hike. 07/08/10 Ample 1
dlcul @ conncoll.edu
13.9
Sunrise Mountain Road
  Poor            Great




From Culver's Gap on US 206 (See Mile 14.3) go north on County Road 636. Take the first left onto Sunrise Mountain Road, Go an additional 0.3 miles to the AT crossing. Sunrise Mountain road is one-way (from south to north) beyond the AT parking area. Roadside parking is permitted on the right side of the road. That is not to say that there is any possible at this location. I just can't remember. This is probably better as a drop-off point rather than parking. Far better parking is available in the AT lot 0.2 miles away (See Mile 14.1). The green arrow on the attached map shows the approximate position of the trail crossing. At the intersection the southbound AT goes left towards the parking area and Culver's Gap, The northbound trail goes right towards Sunrise Mountain. 03/27/10 Limited roadside parking if any. 1
dlcul @ conncoll.edu
14.1
Culvers Gap Parking Area
  Poor            Great




The parking area is .3 mile north of where the trail crosses 206 - on Sunrise Mountain Rd. Registration is required for overnight parking at the park office just north of the intersection with Upper North Shore Rd. 1/30/2006 20
askus3 @ optonline.net
From Branchville take US 206 north. After NJ 521 comes in from the left, go approximately 0.2 miles. Turn right onto NJ 636. We did not see a sign for NJ 636 on 206 but did see one immediately after turning. Take the first left onto Sunrise Mountain Road. Right after turning on Sunrise Mountain Road turn left into the parking log. GPS N41.10.812 W074.47.280 10/23/07 At least 30
at @ rohland.org
To get to Culvers Gap from Deckertown Turnpike, Turn left onto Deckertown out of the parking lot. Turn left on Rt 519. When 519 turns to the left, turn right onto Neilson Road. Follow Neilson (bearing right at the Y) until it becomes Mattison Reservoir Ave. Follow Mattison Reservoir Ave until it meets NJ 636. Turn right on NJ 636. Turn right on Sunrise Mountain Road before you reach US 206. On the attached map, the parking area is indicated by the green arrow. 10/23/07 1
at @ rohland.org
14.4
Culvers Gap (US 206)
  Poor            Great




From Branchville take US 206 north for about 3.5 miles to Culvers Gap and the trail crossing. 07/05/10
at @ rohland.org
Here is a route that I used from I-84 if coming from the east. Google Maps will not give it unless forced. Take Exit 2 off I-84 in New York. Follow Mountain Road south about 3 miles to the state line where the road becomes County Road 519. Stay on this route for the next 17 miles. It makes a number of turns which are usually well-marked. Turn right onto County Road 636 (Upper North Shore Road). Go about 3 miles to US 206. Turn right at US 206 an go 0.2 miles to the top of the climb at Culvers Gap and the trail crossing.
This area on US 206 is built up and parking right there seems very limited at best. Use the AT parking area (Mile 14.1).
The attached map indicates the approximate AT crossing of US 206 in Culvers Gap. This is the official southern end of Section 4 and northern end of Section 5. The street view to the north shows the northbound trail to Section 4 on the left side of County Road 636. If hiking, follow the trail in this direction for 0.3 miles to reach the parking area. The southbound trail to Section 5 goes east on the highway for a short distance then goes right (south) and starts to ascend. 07/05/10 See directions 1
dlcul @ conncoll.edu
Here is a route to Culvers Gap from I-84 if coming from the west. Take Exit 46 off I-84 In PA. Go east on US 6 for about 2.5 miles to Milford. At the intersection with US 209 continue south on US 209. In 0.9 miles go left on US 206. This crosses into New Jersey and reaches Culvers Gap in 10 miles. 07/05/10
dlcul @ conncoll.edu

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