When you think of taking a vacation to New Jersey, you might picture the shore, Atlantic City, and hopping over to New York City for the day. However, the quaint towns, mountains and forests of the interior and western regions of the state offer great opportunities for hiking and relaxing in the beauty of nature. One place you should check out if you’re an avid hiker and looking for a getaway is Allamuchy Mountain State Park. And with nearby Select Registry properties to experience, Allamuchy Mountain State Park in Sussex County, NJ is an ideal place to get in touch with nature while still having luxurious accommodations to return to.
About Allamuchy Mountain State Park
Allamuchy Mountain State Park is located in Byram Township, which is in Sussex County, New Jersey along the Musconetcong River. The 9,092-acre park encompasses much of Allamuchy Mountain and is home to the 2,400-acre Allamuchy Natural Area. The park has many miles of hiking trails, both marked and unmarked as well as an open air museum called Waterloo Village. The village was once a Lenape Native American village and then transitioned to a port along the Morris Canal with colonization. is home to a 19th-century village with a sawmill, a gristmill, a general store, and a blacksmith shop.
Allamuchy State Park is part of the Northeastern coastal forests ecoregion, which is hallmarked a temperate climate and mixed forests. The forests of Allamuchy Mountain State Park are made up of both hardwoods as well as oak trees.
Allamuchy Mountain State Park Hiking Trails
The miles of hiking trails within Allamuchy Mountain State Park makes it a great destination for hikers and mountain bikers. There are 14 miles of marked trails for visitors to explore, and more than 20 miles of unmarked trails on the mountain. The park is split up into two sections: Deer Park and Allamuchy North. The Deer Park section of the park encompasses the marked trails, which are a network that can be combined to create several different loops. The Allamuchy North area is home to the unmarked wooded trails, that are ideal for hikers with a bit more experience or those looking to explore on their own terms a bit more. There is also a three mile long water trail for kayaking and canoeing within the park.
Accommodations Near Allamuchy Mountain State Park
When you plan which Allamuchy Mountain State Park hiking trails, be sure to take advantage of the Select Registry experience provided at one of the following nearby member inns:
Whistling Swan Inn in Stanhope, NJ is about ten minutes away from Allamuchy State Park. The Inn is housed in a 1905 Queen Anne style Victorian home that features a wraparound porch. The historic charm of the Inn is combine with modern amenities for the utmost in comfort.
The Wooden Duck Bed and Breakfast in Newton, NJ is about twenty minutes from the park and its hiking trails. This traditional country inn is located amongst rolling hills in Sussex County and combines the beauty of the natural surroundings with fantastic service and hospitality to provide a memorable stay.
Photo courtesy Nicholas A. Tonelli.