Hiking Project Logo

Appalachian Trail Boardwalk to Warwick Turnpike Shuttle

Intermediate/Difficult
 4.6 (10) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

A route using the Appalachian Trail and featuring a boardwalk & the Stairway to Heaven, leading to Wawayanda State Park.


Your Rating:      Clear Rating
Your Difficulty:
Your Favorites: Add to Favorites · Your List
Zoom in to see details
Map Key

8.8

Miles

14.1

KM

Point to Point

1,397' 426 m

High

390' 119 m

Low

1,784' 544 m

Up

1,030' 314 m

Down

6%

Avg Grade (3°)

41%

Max Grade (22°)

Dogs Unknown

Features Fall Colors · Lake · River/Creek · Views · Wildflowers · Wildlife

Family Friendly There are portions of this that are hugely family friendly but the Stairway to Heaven portion may be challenging for smaller children.

Overview

This is a 9+ mile route along the Appalachian trail that includes the boardwalk and Stairway to Heaven portions of the route as it travels through Vernon, NJ.

Need to Know

We staged cars at either end of the trail since there is parking at both locations, albeit limited on the Hewitt, NJ end. If you do not stage cars or arrange for a shuttle, you'll have to reverse your steps to return to your vehicle.

Description

This is a great day trip that starts at the Appalachian Trail (AT) Boardwalk in Vernon, NJ, goes up the Stairway to Heaven Overlook and ends in Wawayanda State Park. The beginning of this hike had very little elevation gain. The majority of the gain starts around mile 2, after crossing an active cow pasture and continues for roughly 1.5 miles up a very steep climb to the Stairway to Heaven Overlook which is slightly off of the Appalachian trail. The trail to the overlook is marked with a large pile of stones and a small sign.

There is a second overlook that is shown as a trail off of the Appalachian Trail (AT) which is marked by a mailbox in a tree designed for Through-Hikers. This lesser traveled trail begins as a right turn, and is an out and back trail that adds about 1.5 miles to our planned journey of 7+ miles.

Overall, this was an incredible outing with some challenging elevation changes and an incredible view from the top of the Stairway to Heaven. Once you leave the more traveled sections, there are a couple of spots to sit and take in views over small lakes in the area along the Appalachian Trail (AT) .

Contacts

Land Manager: NJ State Parks

Shared By:

Robert Hanson II

Trail Ratings

  4.6 from 10 votes

#936

Overall
  4.6 from 10 votes
5 Star
60%
4 Star
40%
3 Star
0%
2 Star
0%
1 Star
0%
Recommended Route Rankings

#5

in New Jersey

#936

Overall
127 Views Last Month
5,249 Since Oct 15, 2016
Intermediate/Difficult

0%
0%
40%
0%
60%
0%

Photos

A few steps onto the Appalachian Trail Boardwalk and this view already makes it a perfect morning.
Mar 30, 2017 near Vernon…, NJ
On the Appalachian Trail Boardwalk, enjoy views of Wawayanda Mountain in the distance.
Mar 30, 2017 near Vernon…, NJ
The boardwalk section of the Appalachian Trail.
Nov 28, 2016 near Vernon…, NJ
A view from the top of the Stairway to Heaven Section of the Appalachian Trail.
Nov 28, 2016 near Highlan…, NJ
Crossing the cow pasture section of the hike.
Nov 28, 2016 near Vernon…, NJ
A staircase over a cattle fence. There are several of these along this section of the trail.
Nov 28, 2016 near Vernon…, NJ

Weather


Current Trail Conditions

Update Conditions
Unknown See History
Add Your Check-In

Check-Ins

Jul 14, 2019
Thai Nguyen
8.8mi
Jun 21, 2019
Peri S
Sep 9, 2017
Andrew Aldridge
Aug 19, 2017
Gurel Karadag
Jun 10, 2017
Kay Rahi
8.8mi
Apr 19, 2017
Dabloo Dabloo
Great hike on a cool spring day 8mi — 4h 30m
Jul 27, 2014
Karl W
Jun 9, 2014
Joseph Last Name
8.8mi