This park is on the newer Jersey Highlands Trails map but there is also a map on the township web site and a free map on the NY/NJ Trail Conference site. Parking lot coordinates: 40.971152, -74.325497
It's not a very big park with just under 5 miles of trails but since I was going to be 3 miles away for a chiropractor appointment for my dog, figured I had may as well take half a day off and do a little hike there with her before her appointment. Imagine my surprise when we got to the park to find this when the Township of Pequannock web site says dogs are allowed on leash:
The good news was that it is a no hunting park, which I had hoped for on a week day. But it was almost an hour drive back home and I was 3 hours early for Shawnee's appointment so what to do? Well, we went ahead and hiked. More like tiptoed through the woods very, very quietly... Honestly, I would never bring her to a park where dogs are not allowed but the information conflicted. We hiked the western side of the park away from the scenic overlook figuring other people would be on the overlook side of the park. That worked, we ran into nobody else but only hiked 2 miles, the orange and red trails. I was feeling guilty for having broken the law so I cleaned up all the litter in the parking lot as penance, and because we were still an hour early for her appointment. I emailed the Township of Pequannock Director of Parks and Recreation last night about the discrepancy and he responded first thing this morning saying dogs are allowed and he will have the park ranger change the sign. So for those of you who hike with dogs, ignore the sign - you are legal! I'll hike the whole park the next time her appointment falls on a nice day now that I know we can. There is a lot of I-287 traffic noise, not so bad farther out on the trails. Unless you prefer shorter hikes, don't think it is worth a long drive to hike there but it's a good no hunting option if you are in the area. The trails are pretty rugged, some old woods roads, some foot paths, some rock hops across streams and it's hilly so you get a workout. Trails are pretty well marked. Had a little difficulty on the southern part of the orange trail as it doesn't seem to be used much so there were some minor blowdowns and it was sometimes hard to see the trail because of the leaves but just stopping and looking around for the next marker worked.