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Long Valley - Hacklebarney State Park

119 Hacklebarney Road

The freshwater Black River briskly cuts its way through rocky Hacklebarney State Park, cascading around boulders in the hemlock-lined ravine. Two tributaries, Rinehart and Trout Brooks, also course their way through this glacial valley, feeding the Black River. Even in the heat of midsummer, the temperature of Black River gorge is cool and refreshing.

Today Hacklebarney is a favorite place for avid anglers, hikers and picnickers, yet in the 19th century the park was a mined iron ore site. The gushing river against the grey boulders and dark green hemlocks creates a majestic beauty in any season.

Three rare and endangered plant species exist within the park: American ginseng, leatherwood and Virginia pennywort. Over a hundred bird species and wildlife such as black bear, woodchuck, deer and fox live in the park.

Horseback riding is not permitted in the park.


Alan Quayle

Monday, Jan. 15, 2018
Interesting park with walks through woods, next to the Black River, and up / down hillsides. There is a children's play set near the car park. The walk next to the river is a little rocky, but great fun. We last went over New Year's Eve when it was about 10F. Cold but and interesting and enjoyable walk. In the summer it's great to have lunch at the picnic tables by the river.

David Conover

Wednesday, Feb. 14, 2018
Sort of small but it's a nice park by NJ standards. It is usually busy for a hike in the woods but there is lots of cool things to see like waterfalls and large boulders. The creek is also nice. You can go fishing there

Pallavi Bhasker

Thursday, April 12, 2018
Trails r easy and well mantained, so the whole family can cover them. Plenty of grills and picnic tables, some even close to a play ground. We went with a bunch of frinds and my kids played in the playground while we did our bbq.All in all, a perfect place to hav picnic with friends

Ted Rempe

Wednesday, Jan. 3, 2018
A really great state park, the trails are well maintained and marked, a really great find for me here in New Jersey! I saw people of all ages enjoying the park and the trails.

Racquel Gilpin

Tuesday, Aug. 8, 2017
Love this place! It has become a part of our summer tradition, hiking the trails and just enjoying nature & beautiful scenery. We always bring a picnic lunch& a group of friends which equals a great time. The trails are clearly marked. Wear comfortable but sensible walking shoes and don't forget the bug spray.

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