Terrace Pond West Loop from Clinton Road

Wawayanda State Park

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This loop hike goes through dense mountain laurel and rhododendron thickets and climbs over puddingstone rock outcrops to reach beautiful Terrace Pond.

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For its entire length, this hike follows the yellow-blazed Terrace Pond West Trail, which offers a loop hike to the pond and back from Parking Area P7 on Clinton Road. 

From the parking area, cross the road and enter the woods at a kiosk. Turn right to follow the yellow-blazed Terrace Pond West Trail in the counter-clockwise direction. You now follow a rocky trail through mountain...

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September 11, 2016
Miss the early years!
<p>I hiked the terrace pond loop today and I'll tell you what a dump that place has become. Below the second rock outcropping ( off the blue trail ) is loaded with plastic bottles, broken glass and empty cardboard packages. Couldn't get to the pond overlook because of a big party going on. I remember back in the day around 2004-05ish this place was a very less visited spot. I remember there was no trash, graffiti and broken glass along the way. The pond itself was peaceful on a Saturday or sunday. Whatever! I'm done with hiking that place during the summer season.</p>
July 31, 2016
Parking at P7 for on Clinton Rd
<p class="MsoNormal">Take Note:&nbsp; There is new signage in place at Parking P7 used for Terrace Pond Trails.&nbsp; Vehicles parked before 8 a.m. and after 8 p.m. will be towed by West Milford PD and NJ State Park Police.&nbsp; There is continual problems with illegal swimmers, graffiti and mounds of trash left behind.&nbsp; This affects the enjoyment of others who wish to hike to and around the Pond.&nbsp; This requires State employees and NYNJTC volunteers to continually remove mounds of garbage as well as covering graffiti.&nbsp; Not to mention the need for Search &amp; Rescue on a frequent basis.</p> <p>&nbsp;</p> <p class="MsoNormal">Therefore, parking is restricted at P7 to Park hours only.&nbsp; The other parking lot will eventually be completely closed and parking along the road shoulder will be prohibited.&nbsp;&nbsp;</p>
July 01, 2014
Hiking permit is not required
<p>As is made clear in my response to a comment below, Parking Area P-7 is on Wawayanda State Park property. &nbsp;This parking area is not on the property of the Newark Watershed. &nbsp;The hike itself also traverses lands of Wawayanda State Park. &nbsp;Apparently, two years ago, an employee of the Newark Watershed mistakenly placed warning notices on cars parked in Parking Area P-7. &nbsp;When the authorities were contacted, they admitted that this was an error on their part. &nbsp;Hikers may park in this parking area and do this hike without obtaining any permit.</p>
Daniel Chazin
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