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Clayton Park Loop

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 4.6 (5) RECOMMENDED ROUTE

This is the main perimeter loop at Clayton Park.


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4.4

Miles

7.1

KM

Loop

312' 95 m

High

142' 43 m

Low

506' 154 m

Up

511' 156 m

Down

4%

Avg Grade (3°)

20%

Max Grade (11°)

Dogs Leashed

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

Open from sunrise to sunset most of the year. The parks department maintains the trails pretty well, and if there are downed trees, they are usually removed within days.

Overview

This loop takes hikers around the perimeter of Clayton Park. There are other trails within this loop for hikers looking for a longer or shorter outing.

Description

The 4-mile perimeter loop is the most used route at Clayton Park. You can find many runners, hikers, and cyclists. There is about 400 ft of total elevation climb with its rolling hills and at points there are many roots and some rocks to jump over. There are a few other trails within the main loop to add about 2 more miles.

To stay on the loop just stay to the right the entire time if you start at the main trailhead. Once you reach the pond, keep the pond on your left and make left turns to bring you back to the parking lot. If you want to extend your hike you can stay right the ENTIRE time and hike around the perimeter of all the farmlands. I call that the 'big loop' and by staying right the entire time it ends up being about 6.8-miles total.

Flora & Fauna

You can find deer and fox.

Contacts

Shared By:

John Beck

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Photos

One of the eponymous bridges
May 8, 2018 near Shrewsbury, NJ
The undergrowth in the woods
May 8, 2018 near Shrewsbury, NJ
A dogwood across a meadow
May 8, 2018 near Shrewsbury, NJ
The trail winding downhill to a bridge
May 8, 2018 near Shrewsbury, NJ
The small lake
May 8, 2018 near Shrewsbury, NJ
A small creek
May 8, 2018 near Shrewsbury, NJ

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Jun 23, 2019
Eric G
1st time at this park -- shaded trail scenery was awesome! Made wrong turn where 2 trails on this route intersect. Duration & mileage are estimates. 4.6mi — 2h 00m
Feb 9, 2019
Dominick Petisco
Dec 30, 2018
Shan Shah
Jul 17, 2018
Craig Kenkelen
Beautifully maintained trails through gorgeous woods! Well worth a visit 1.8mi
Feb 10, 2018
Charles Jayne
Nice trail, roots and a little elevation (for NJ). People very nice. Seems popular with mountain bikes