Thursday, August 23, 2007
Although it's less than an hour from Essex County, there are many scenic drives and loop trips to Waywayanda State Park.
Forested hills surround the large lake creating a peaceful backdrop for canoeists, boaters and fisherman, while a variety of trails from old farm roads (dotted with remnants of the old iron mines and Lenape Indian shelters) to steep mountains delight casual as well as serious hikers. A twenty-mile stretch of the Appalachian Trail runs through the park, while the top of Wawayanda Mountain offers sensational views. More than forty miles of trails are marked. If you're desperate for a dip when the beaches close or after Labor Day, you can follow the trail around the south shore of the lake to a refreshing waterfall (at your own risk).