Black River Wildlife Management Area Trail

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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.


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

You know is a WMA right?

   January, 2015 by mikelodeon

I don't want to offend, but I have heard some complaints (not here btw) about how hunters take the place and don't let hikers or people walk, they feel unsafe they say. But you have to remember a WMA was purchased for hunting with money from hunters (taxes, more

West Morris Greenway to Black River Wildlife Management Trail

   April, 2014 by back2bikes

Today my wife and I road the West Morris Greenway (starting at Horseshoe Lake in Roxbury) to the Black River Wildlife Management Area Trail, ending at Pleasant Hill Rd in Chester. It was 6 miles one way. Surface was good with just 2 muddy spots. read more