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NJ 284 to
CR 565

Pochuck Mountain,
Wallkill River NWR

 

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This section of the Appalachian Trail features the Wallkill River National Wildlife Refuge and Pochuck Mountain.  The AT briefly enters New York State to cross the Wallkill River along Oil City Road.  There are nice views from Pochuck Mountain as well as the NWR.  There is one shelter available for thru hikers during this section.

A popular loop hike located on the Wallkill River NWR is the 2.5-mile Liberty Loop Trail.  The trail was created on a former sod farm, which before it was manipulated for agricultural use had been a forested wetland. The trail coincides with the Appalachian Trail for one mile. The trail loops around a wetland and grassland areas, providing an excellent opportunity to observe waterfowl and grassland birds. The trail is flat and provides easy walking. The trail parking area is located on the south side of Oil City Road in Pine Island (Warwick), New York.  For more information go to the Wallkill River NWR website.

We suggest buying a copy of the Appalachian Trail Guide to New York-New Jersey for anyone planning a hike on this section of the AT.  We have some info and a map of this section of trail below.

This section of trail begins as the AT crosses NJ 284, heads across a bridge over a brook and follows puncheons through a swampy area.  There is parking available for about eight cars at the trail crossing at NJ 284.  The GPS coordinates are N41 17.301 W74 33.105 for those who have a GPS devise in their vehicle.

View from field along AT near Oil City Road

At 0.5 miles the trail crosses paved Oil City Road. The trail steadily climbs to a field and follows the edge of the field with some nice views. The trail descends and enters New York State at 0.9 miles. The trail continues toward Carnegie Road, reaching road at 1.0 miles. Turn left and follow road. At 1.2 miles turn right on State Line Road. At 1.5 miles cross bridge over the Wallkill River.  Road is now called Oil City Road. At 1.8 miles the trail turns right into a driveway that once lead to an old sod farm. The AT continues to follow dirt road and at 2.5 miles the road veers left. At 2.6 miles the road jogs right and then left. 

At 2.9 miles turn left to follow old railroad bed. This was the former route of the Lehigh and New England Railroad, built in 1888 and abandoned in 1961.  At 3.2 miles the AT turn right and follows puncheons for nearly 0.4 miles across a wet area. At 3.7 miles reach a water pump and then reach the paved Wallkill Road aka Liberty Corners Road. The water pump is the only source for water for the upcoming Pochuck Mountain Shelter. Turn right and follow road for 100 feet, then turn left following posts uphill in overgrown field.

Pochuck Mountain Shelter

At 3.8 miles cross stone wall and across field, then reenter woods.  Begin to ascend Pochuck Mountain on switchbacks.  At 4.1 miles a blue blazed trail in the left leads 0.1 miles to the Pochuck Mountain Shelter.  The Pochuck Mountain Shelter was built in 1989 and sleeps six with a privy nearby.  The word "Pochuck" is Lenape for "out of the way place".

The main AT still ascends and the trail will gain over 500 feet in elevation on this climb of the western ridge of Pochuck Mountain. At 4.3 miles reach the 987 foot western ridge of Pochuck Mountain and then descend.  At 4.6 miles begin a steep ascent along a rocky trail. At 4.8 miles reach the 1135 foot middle ridge of Pochuck Mountain.  At 4.9 miles reach an overlook with spectacular views to the west spanning all the way toward High Point.  Begin a gradual descent.  At 5.4 miles turn left on old woods road.  Soon bear right as old road veers left.

At 5.6 miles reach the main summit of Pochuck Mountain. A side trail on the left leads 40 feet to a view.  Descend.  Cross Lovemma Lane at 6.0 miles.  There is parking for two cars at this trail crossing. The GPS coordinates are N41 15.285 W74 30.008 for those who have a GPS devise in their vehicle. At 6.7 miles reach County Route 565 and the end of this section of the AT.  There is parking for two cars and the GPS coordinates are N41 14.895 W74 29.845 for those who have a GPS devise in their vehicle.

 

Appalachian Trail Hiking Guide
New Jersey
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Hiking guide with descriptions and maps for the Appalachian Trail as it travels in New Jersey. The guide is broken down by 9 sections of the AT. The book comes to you delivered as a pdf file via email. Use the buy now button and we will send you the file via email usually within 24 hours of receiving payment.
Appalachian Trail in New Jersey
NJ 284 to CR 565
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Hiking guide with descriptions and maps for just this section of the Appalachian Trail in New Jersey. The guide comes to you delivered as a pdf file via email. Use the buy now button below and we will send you the file via email usually within 24 hours of receiving payment. Happy Hiking!

 

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