Kittatiny State Park
Glacial lakes, limestone outcroppings, former railroads, and a small airport are features of Kittatinny Valley State Park. Lake Aeroflex and Gardner’s Pond form part of the headwaters of the Pequest River and are excellent for fishing and boating. This scenic property is home to a variety of wildlife such as whitetail deer, wild turkey, a variety of songbirds, beaver, muskrats, and squirrels.
Hunting, hiking, mountain biking, birding, and horseback riding are popular activities. The four lakes offer fishing, boating, and kayaking opportunities.
The Paulinskill Valley Trail and the Sussex Branch Trail are former railroads that have been converted for use as multiple use trails. Both railroads were critical to the development of Sussex County through the late 1800’s and early 1900’s. The wide cinder surface is ideal for walking, running, mountain biking, and horseback riding. When snow conditions are abundant, these trails provide and excellent opportunity for cross-country skiing, and snowshoeing. You might even see a musher and his dogsled team running down the trail!
Trails in the park vary in difficulty and terrain from the gravel roads that are walked and biked by many to the technical terrain enjoyed by hard-core mountain bikers. Single track trails and gravel roads are suitable for hiking, mountain biking, cross-country skiing, snowshoeing, and horseback riding.
- White – Starts from the parking lot on Goodale Road; the section is also called “switch” for reasons that will be very clear when you enter it; one of the longer trails in the park that winds around to the “fisherman’s path” section which runs along the lake. Consists of a moderate climb at the beginning, some double track, some single track downhills and a fireroad section that leads to the twisty fisherman’s path. Clipping a bar in this section is almost mandatory.
- Red – If the park has any “techical” trails, this is one of them. It features three short, steep rocky climbs as well as a loop up and around the “horseshoe”. This section of trail is typically used in the race.
- Blue – The other “technical” trail. With a three moderately steep climbs, the trail has enough rocks to keep things interesting. This trail has also been used in the race in the past.