Summary: Enter woods on white trail. After about 5 minutes you will see the green trail come in from the left, going down hill. Turn left here. Trail soon ascends on a woods road, then levels out for about a mile. You'll come to a pond and a large dam. Turn left staying on the green trail as it descends, follows a stream, passes some ruins and huge, rusted tanks, then crosses stream and continues on a woods road. Waterfalls on left. Pay attention here as trail leaves road to right and begins a steep climb, eventually reaching some outstanding overlooks. A short bushwack brings even more views.
Trail then descends gradually, reaches a gravel road then turns back into the woods after a short distance, then crosses a stream. Eventually you come to an intersection with a yello trail. Stay left on the green, follow it to the white trail, turn right on the white and back to your car.
Trailhead: Route 287 to exit 53 (Bloomingdale). Go west on Hamburg Turnpike. Follow through town and just before small bridge make a right onto Macopin Rd.
Follow Macopin up hill for approximately 2 miles and make a left onto Northwood Drive. Parking is to the right.
Facing the Kiosk, trailhead is to left (Lat:41.02534 Lon:-74.37393)
Trail Guides for Apshawa Preserve - Green Loop:
New Jersey Walk Book
by NY/NJ Trail Conference (NY/NJ Trail Conference)
Best Seasons: Year-Round
User Groups: Hikers,
Ranger Contact: Passaic County and New Jersey Conservation Foundation (1-888-526-3728)
Localhikes Reporter: This hike was submitted by Brian Sniatkowski, who has posted 50 other hikes on this site
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Reviewed by NJUrbanForest on 1/27/2013
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Reviewed by Mike on 11/21/2011
Trail was well/freshly marked - even has some "Wrong Way" signs which I have never seen before on other trails. We encountered some traffic noise, and in few spots on the trails you are practically in people's backyards. The trail is a really good combination - streams, waterfalls, a dam, ponds, a reservoir, scenic views and ruins. Some of the trail follows Apshawa Brook, which flows through the preserve to the Pequannock River. The ruins included four huge metal tanks (one of which, upended, was about 15 feet in diameter and about 40 feet long/high!). It seems the dam and the ruins were part of a water purification system constructed in the early 1900s and the tanks had contained chlorine.
Reviewed by Aditya Datey on 7/23/2010
Followed the Green trail for the most part. Very good saturday morning hike (7/10/10), i started hiking at about 7:30am. Did not see any bears, snakes or people. The trail is well marked for the most part. Had a bit of a difficult time finding the green trail marker after the 2nd stream crossing (not the one which is beside a small pond). The main track at this point continues on and comes out onto some major road with a gas station. Had to retrace and look around to find the green trail marker again. Great view from the banks of the serene lake at the top (which supplied water to the town of Butler at some point). There are some houses around the lake area as well. Followed the red, green & white trail markers to get back.
Reviewed by Wayne R on 9/6/2009
Trail was easy to follow and pretty scenic. There is now an aluminum bridge crossing the stream - so you don't have to worry about falling in...!
Reviewed by Mike on 3/28/2009
Hiked there today and was very pleased. Did not see another person until I returned from the green loop to the parking lot. The views are spectacular for this part of NJ, the water falls are small but beautiful and the green loop will definitely work the cardio.
Reviewed by tdh on 2/25/2009
took the green trail and eventually the white. The damn and the ruins were really nice. Kind of steep climb after the ruins, but was rewarded with view of the city. Had trouble as well crossing the stream ford, and fell in. Top of white trail is nice with interesting trees and underbrush
Reviewed by chuck on 2/7/2009
The hike was good. Once passing the dam and crossing the stream you climb, easily the hardest part of the hike, you reach a scenic overlook, very nice, but it's by far the best look you will get on this hike, other than butler reservoir in the fall. If they had a three and a half rating I would take it.
Reviewed by Chris A. on 1/2/2009
Not a bad hike. The views are nice, but there was nothing spectacular on this loop. Also, on the return trip on the green trail, you need to cross a swiftly flowing stream. Fairly dangerous especially with all the ice capped rocks in the water - and there's no other way to get across.
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