Friday, October 22, 2010

Liberty Water Gap Trail

The Liberty Water Gap Trail is a work-in-progress in New Jersey. It's a unique trail in that it connects two national landmarks at each end: the Delaware Water Gap at the Delaware River and the Statue of Liberty at the Hudson River - and it passes through a third, the Morristown National Historical Park.

It can be seen as a 130 mile "linear park" that runs the width of New Jersey that gives you a cross-section of forest, rural, suburban, and urban life across our state.

There are six distinct trail segments:
  1. Hudson River Waterfront Walkway - Liberty State Park, Jersey City
  2. East Coast Greenway - Jersey City to Newark
  3. Lenape Trail - Essex County
  4. Patriots' Path - Morris County
  5. Sussex Branch Trail - Sussex County
  6. Paulinskill Valley Trail - Sussex & Warren Counties

The idea for the trail originated with the indefatigable Al Kent back in 1999 who wanted to link trails in the state and create the first walking path across New Jersey.

My own hiking days have greatly diminished and my dream of walking the entire Appalachian Trail are pretty much gone - but I think this trail is still a possibility.

A reporter, Brian Kladko, did it in 2002 and wrote about it in The Record. I saved the series of articles and I have penciled the trail in on the retirement list.

Trail Marker

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