The Highlands Trail | Long Distance Trail


The Highlands trail is over one hundred miles of trail maintained by 16 Trail Conference volunteers and member groups. When complete, the Highlands Trail will extend from the Delaware River in New Jersey, across the Hudson River in New York, to the Connecticut border. Most recently, we've re-reouted a section in the West Hudson Region. 


While there is no single map of the Highlands Trail, portions of it appear on the West Hudson, Sterling Forest, and North Jersey Trails map sets.


The Highlands Trail Guide is your resource for detailed trail descriptions, mileage, updates and available maps. 

The Highlands Trail

Highlands Trail Region logo

The Highlands Trail highlights the natural beauty of the New Jersey and New York Highlands region, and draws the public's attention to this endangered resource. It is a cooperative effort of the New York - New Jersey Trail Conference, conservation organizations, state and local governments, and local businesses. When completed, it will extend over 150 miles from the Connecticut border south to Riegelsville, New Jersey, on the Delaware River. The route will connect major scenic attractions in both states. Ultimately, a network of trails including alternate routes and multi-use paths is envisioned.

The Highlands Trail is a combination of co-alignment on established trails, new trails, and road walking. The co-aligned sections bear both trails' blazes, except for the Appalachian, Sterling Ridge, and Allis Trails, which have plastic Highlands Trail logos at critical points. Hikers must pay attention at intersections as the Highlands Trail often leaves one trail to join another. The Highlands Trail blaze is a teal-colored diamond.

Camping is not permitted along the Highlands Trail. Thru-hikers must stay at bed-and-breakfast facilities along the route, or at established State Park camp grounds. For more information, call the Trail Conference Office. No fires, horses, bikes, or motorized vehicles are permitted on the Highlands Trail unless specifically allowed by local regulations.


The Highlands Trail Guide is your resource for detailed trail descriptions, mileage, updates and available maps. 




Diagram of the Highlands Trail Region

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Northbound, make a right onto Route 511 from the terminus of the Butler Hewitt and walk 3/4 mile to Beech Road.  Make left onto Beech Road and you will enter Tranquility Ridge County Park. Before the gate at the end of the road, make a left onto the green blazed Monks Connector trail.  Then proceed about 100 yards to the end of the green trail, where you should go straight onto the yellow blazed Hasenclever Iron Trail. After about a mile, this ends at the blue blazed Sterling Ridge Trail, where you should turn right.'s picture

After a multi-year process of approvals, fundraising, and construction, the bridge over the Wanaque River at Long Pond Ironworks has been restored. Enjoy your safe crossing over this 60' marvel!