Best Trails in Abram S. Hewitt State Forest

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Want to find the best trails in Abram S. Hewitt State Forest for an adventurous hike or a family trip? AllTrails has 6 great hiking trails, biking trails, running trails and more. Enjoy hand-curated trail maps, along with reviews and photos from nature lovers like you. Ready for your next hike or bike ride? We've got you covered, with trails ranging from 215 to 445 meters in elevation gain. Whatever you have planned for the day, you can find the perfect trail for your next trip to Abram S. Hewitt State Forest.
Description

A section of Bearfort Ridge reaches into Hewitt State Forest, offering hikers a challenging climb with a rewarding view. The forest is isolated and untouched, accessible only on foot. Marshes and wetlands are scattered throughout the forest with several brooks and streams crisscrossing the lower areas. Hemlock and oak are the dominant species of this relatively undisturbed forest.

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Map of trails in Abram S. Hewitt State Forest, New Jersey
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Area:
810 hectares
Contact
(973) 853-4462
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Top trails (6)
Surprise Lake Loop
#1 - Surprise Lake Loop
Abram S. Hewitt State Forest
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Length: 7.1 km • Est. 2h 25m
Great hike with some scrambling, rocky areas, and awesome views of Greenwood Lake!Show more
Bearfort Ridge and Surprise Lake Loop
#2 - Bearfort Ridge and Surprise Lake Loop
Abram S. Hewitt State Forest
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Length: 12.9 km • Est. 4h 10m
From parking at Warwick Turnpike follow the road for about 0.2 miles and then turn onto the green-blazed Bearfort Ridge Loop trail. Meet the yellow-blazed Ernest Walter trail and follow this to the blue-blazed State Line Trail. From there, continue on to the white-blazed Appalachian Trail, and then turn back onto the yellow-blazed Ernest Walter trail. You'll meet back up with the green-blazed Bearfort Ridge loop, and will follow this back to parking at Warwick Turnpike. Show more
Surprise Lake
#3 - Surprise Lake
Abram S. Hewitt State Forest
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Length: 3.5 km • Est. 1h 22m
Surprise Lake Loop from Longhouse Drive
#4 - Surprise Lake Loop from Longhouse Drive
Abram S. Hewitt State Forest
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Length: 10.9 km • Est. 3h 21m
Surprise Lake and Bellvale Mountain Trail
#5 - Surprise Lake and Bellvale Mountain Trail
Abram S. Hewitt State Forest
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Length: 10.9 km • Est. 3h 43m
This route combines two popular hiking routes into one. First, begin by hiking up and around Surprise Lake. After nearly making a complete loop, begin the trek up to Bellevale Mountain before descending back down to complete the lake loop and heading back down the the trailhead.Show more
Terrace Pond and Bearfort Mountain
#6 - Terrace Pond and Bearfort Mountain
Abram S. Hewitt State Forest
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Length: 8.2 km • Est. 2h 40m