Paulinskill Valley Trail
|Paulinskill Valley Trail|
The trail passing through the site of the Marksboro station site in Frelinghuysen Township, New Jersey
|Length||27 mi (43 km)|
|Location||Sussex / Warren counties, New Jersey, USA|
|Trailheads||Knowlton, NJ to Sparta, NJ|
|Use||Hiking, Horseback Riding, Cross Country Skiing, and Mountain Biking|
|Surface||Ballast, dirt, cinder|
|Right of way||New York, Susquehanna and Western Railway|
The Paulinskill Valley Trail is a rail trail along the Paulins Kill river in New Jersey. It is the sixth longest trail in the state at 27 miles (43 km). It was originally a right-of-way of the New York, Susquehanna and Western Railroad and the Blairstown Railway. Vestiges of the railroad remain including several bridges, stations, mileage markers, telegraph poles and other railway artifacts. There are also numerous benches and signs explaining the history of the trail and its artifacts. Over 560 species of birds have been sighted on the trail as well as a multitude of other wildlife.
The trail is frequented by hikers, bicyclists, joggers and people who are just out for a stroll. Horseback riding is also permitted. Access is denied to motor vehicles, however, although trailheads typically provide some modest amount of parking. Although the trail is generally well-maintained from the Paulinskill Viaduct north, south of that location the quality of the trail is somewhat uneven. Over the years there have been surpringly few encroachments onto the right-of-way. The most notable encroachment is at Blairstown Airport where the trail ceases to exist for about a half-mile (1 km). Signage directs the hiker to where the trail continues.
In 1886, the New York, Susquehanna and Western Railroad built the first part of the railway tracks that is now the trail. In 1962 the railroad ceased its operations on this line, and the tracks were removed. In 1985 the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection organized a meeting in Blairstown to decide what should be done with the intention of buying the land. A year later, in 1986, the NJDEP bought the land.
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