Terrace Pond Loop via Terrace Pond West and Terrace...

Wawayanda State Park

View of Terrace Pond - Wawayanda State Park - Photo credit: Daniel Chazin View of Terrace Pond - Wawayanda State Park - Photo credit: Daniel Chazin

This loop hike climbs over puddingstone rock outcrops to reach beautiful Terrace Pond and two panoramic viewpoints.

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From the parking area, cross the road and enter the woods at a kiosk. Turn right to follow the yellow-blazed Terrace Pond West Loop in the counter-clockwise direction. You now follow a rocky trail through mountain laurel, hemlock and white pine, crossing several wet areas on puncheons and large rocks.

In about half a mile, the trail goes through a magnificent rhododendron grove, with...

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July 14, 2019
Overall In Good Shape At The Moment
I did this hike on 7-13-19, although I skipped the red trail and stayed on the yellow all the way to the white, and I also did an out and back north on the blue trail to the two viewpoints before taking the blue trail back to the parking lot. All trails were in great shape, easy to follow, and clean. There were a few pieces of trash that I picked up, but it wasn't nearly as bad as other times. I did not stay by the pond long, as there were lots of noisy people blasting radios, but the rest of the hike was quiet and peaceful. The highlight of the hike for me was the swamp along the yellow trail- as beautiful if not even more than the pond itself. When I got to the parking area at 9, there were only a few other cars there, but when I was leaving at 1:30, the lot was jammed, and there were cars parked on the side of the road. The area on the blue trail that passes the outlet for the pond is in need of a bridge or some other type of way to pass. The floating logs that are currently there are not reliable. I ended up getting both legs soaked up to the knees. I think the next time I do this hike I will go in the opposite direction, as I would rather be climbing up the steep rock faces on the blue trail, instead of descending them. I will also be bringing sandals for the water crossings.
Michael K7
December 08, 2017
Such a shame...
We hiked the longer loop last weekend and we were really saddened by the amount of graffiti and garbage as we came upon on the trail, especially around the pond. We love this hike and are very disheartened. Also, FYI, a short portion of the white/blue trail, after you climb down those steep rocks, is very wet and could be difficult to cross. There are limbs to use as a bridge but it can be tricky.
July 31, 2016
Parking area P7 on Clinton Rd - for Terrace Pond trails
<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 problem 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>
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