Black River Wildlife Management Area Trail

Trail Map

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This trail goes through the Black River Wildlife Management area along streambeds and forest. Equestrians must have a NJ Wildlife Permit, which is available from NJ DEP for a fee.

The trail follows the right-of-way of the former Chester Branch of the Delaware, Lackawanna, and Western Railroad, from Chester Station to Ironia. The main spine of the Patriot's Path (white blazes), as well as the Liberty-Water Gap Trail, also follows much of this route.

The trail leads from west to east through Black River WMA on the south side of an extensive wetland sorrounding the Black River. The white blazes of the Patriot's Path depart to the right and ascend to the community of Ironia. Patriot's Path continues east to terminate in West Essex Park in Livingston, and east to Stephens State Park in Hackettstown area. Plans are under way to open the rail bed to Horseshoe Lake Park in Succasunna across water authority property.

Parking and Trail Access

Take route 206 to County Road 513 to Main Street. Go west on Oakdale Road. Then right on Pleasant Hill Road. The trailhead is on the left after the driveway of the Hermits of Behlehem.


Trail Name Confusing

   October, 2016 by apiercex3

Sunday, Oct. 23, 2016, had a beautiful bike ride with family. Perfect for young and old. However, signage is different than published information. No sign of Black River WMA Trail, but Patriots Path sign is clearly posted at Start, 0 miles. Trail markers more

   October, 2015 by brianlevibowman

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A Good Quiet Ride

   August, 2015 by joeg05

We started at the west end parking aera. The first mile or so there was some rocks and roots to watch out for. The trail was a fairly easy ride, with no traffic. read more