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Hiking New Jersey: Split Rock Reservoir Loop

On a recent search for hikes within two to two and a half hours from Philadelphia, I stumbled upon a description for one long loop that, in part, read, "this trail is seldom done." And that's all I needed to add it to my to-do list. The promise of some solitude within close driving distance of two of the largest cities in the country - Philadelphia and New York City - sounded too good to be true.


Fortunately, the trail description I read proved to be rights. Friends and I headed up to Wildcat Ridge/Farny State Park area on a chilly Sunday in February and saw a total of three people, two of them trail runners. It was also a beautiful, interesting, and challenging trail.
Getting to the Trailhead The route we chose around the Split Rock Reservoir starts here, at the Split Rock Reservoir boat launch in a large gravel parking lot. The last 0.25 miles of road before arriving at the parking lot weren't paved. After parking, we read numerous signs detailing the multitude of …

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