Summary: This is another good after work hike that I like to do. The loop starts out on the Appalachian trail and then takes you onto Sunrise Mt RD. Walk Sunrise Mt Rd a short distance to the Coursen trail. Once on the Coursen Tr. you will pass through a damp and cool forest consisting of Hemlock, Mt Laurel, Rhododendrons, and streams. The forest then turns into a hardwood forest with a swamp and a view of the Kittatinny Ridge. From the Coursen Tr. you will then get on the Tower Tr. At first you will go through a stand of spruce and then you cross a stream and start your rocky climb, through a hardwood Forest, to the top of the Kittatinny Ridge and Culvers fire Tower, were you will be rewarded with some great views of the Poconos and Delaware River Valley. From the top of the ridge you will take the Appalachian Tr. South along the ridge with some limited views and back to the parking area.
Trailhead: From Branchville take Rt. 206 west towards Milford PA. Pass Culvers lake make a right onto upper North shore Rd. There will be a sign for the Appalachian Trail and Sunrise Mt RD. Go on Upper North Shore about .1 mile and make first left. Parking is 100yards ahead. (Lat:41.17965 Lon:-74.78881)
Trail Guides for Tower Loop Stokes SF, NJ:
Kittatinny trails map
by Ny-NJ trail conference ()
Best Seasons: Year-Round
User Groups: Hikers,
Ranger Contact: Stokes State Forest: 973-948-3820
Localhikes Reporter: This hike was submitted by Shawn Viggiano, who has posted 44 other hikes on this site
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Reviewed by Melissa on 5/17/2008
This was a pretty good hike and only took my boyfriend and I about two hours. Helpful tip: the Coursen Trail is marked with Dark Blue and the Tower trail is green (not dark green, that leads to another trail). Nice view at the top, but other than that there wasn't too many scenic areas. The rocky areas made for a great workout and I would do it again.
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