Berkshire Valley Management Area Trail

New Jersey

Berkshire Valley Management Area Trail Facts

States: New Jersey
Counties: Morris
Length: 2.1 miles
Trail end points: Roxbury (Gordon Road) and Roxbury (Minnisink Road)
Trail surfaces: Ballast, Cinder
Trail category: Rail-Trail
ID: 6016542
Trail activities: Fishing, Horseback Riding, Mountain Biking, Walking, Cross Country Skiing

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Berkshire Valley Management Area Trail Description

The Berkshire Valley Management Area Trail passes through hardwood forests and affords views of the valley below to the right. Equestrians must have a NJ Wildlife Permit, which is available from NJ DEP for a fee.

What is now the trail was once a connector to the Ogden Mine Railroad, which originally terminated at Nolan's Point on Lake Hopatcong from its journey from Edison (formerly Ogden) and the mines. From Nolan's Point, the ore was shipped via boat across Lake Hopatcong to the Morris Canal then shipped to points east.

Following the advent of the railroad, the canal connection became obsolete, and an extension, called the Hopatcong Railroad, was constructed southbound from Nolan's Point to near Lake Junction, connecting with the Wharton and Northern Railroad.

Parking and Trail Access

Take Route 15 west to Berkshire Valley Road and follow for 2.3 miles to Gordon Road. Take a right on Gordon Road and just past the intersection of Country Road the trail begins on the right. Just past the trail is a small access road that leads to the parking lot.

Berkshire Valley Management Area Trail Reviews

I had a lot of fun walking this trail, but I got a little lost on the return trip. My one complaint about this trail is that it is not mapped or marked anywhere.

"It's Wharton, NJ 07885 "

"If you’ve recently purchased a mountain bike equipped with either front or dual suspension and have been searching for a location to test its shock absorption capabilities, look no further!

The surface on this trail was the roughest I’ve encountered on any rail trail to date. And I don’t mean coarse gravel; the surface here was littered with large, softball-sized rocks from almost one end to the other! And to make matters worse, there was much evidence that ATVs are being unlawfully operated here on a very frequent basis. The ATVs have loosened much of the fine ballast, which makes peddling a bicycle very perilous.

Gordon Road is the only true access point for trail users. This is a very quiet residential neighborhood with no services of any sort available nearby. There’s a small parking area off of Gordon Road just large enough for 3 or 4 cars. The trail starts its long uphill climb from this point.

Expect to see nothing but heavy foliage, rocks, and a large pipeline, which parallels the trail right-of-way, until you reach the trail’s northern terminus at Minnisink Road. The Minnisink Road trailhead is located near the Roxbury Township Animal Shelter and an old landfill. There is literally nothing much to see here either.

If you enjoy solitude and don’t mind biking on very technical surfaces, then by all means check this trail out. If flat trails with few if any obstacles are more your cup of tea, this trail isn’t for you."

Accordion

" This trail is another segment of the Ogden Mine RR (the other useable section is in Mahlon Dickerson Reservation about 5 miles further north). From Gorden Road, the trail rises gently, then rather steeply for a railroad ROW, with the valley on the right and the hill on the left. For most of the route, the left side of the trail is occupied by a 30 inch steel pipeline. The area is attractive and peaceful. Near the top of it's rise, the trail tends to be wet, and just before the end there appears a fork in the trail. The right fork is the original ROW, but is very wet. The left fork is a path worn by trail users that passes above the wet areas and reaches Minnisink Rd.
This is a good trail for a fair workout.

Rates a 6 out of 10!

Fred"

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