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Ken Lockwood Gorge, near Highbridge (Lebanon Twp) NJ
Posted by: Groundspeak Regular Member scornell1
N 40° 41.859 W 074° 52.340
18T E 510786 N 4505202
Quick Description: Considered by many to be one of the top ten beautiful places in the state, Ken Lockwood Gorge is an oasis from the frenetic pace of NJ.
Location: New Jersey, United States
Date Posted: 10/8/2009 10:02:22 PM
Waymark Code: WM7DCX
Published By: Groundspeak Regular Member Rayman
Views: 3

Long Description:
Raritan River Road
Off Route 639
High Bridge, NJ 08829

Open Year-Round No Entry Fee Charged

The Ken Lockwood Gorge, north of High Bridge, is one of the state's most picturesque wildlife management areas. It's popular among birdwatchers, hikers and photographers.

It straddles the South Branch of the Raritan River for about 2.5 miles, covering 260 acres. The Raritan River Road follows the gorge, but can be hazardous at certain times of the year.

The gorge is open for trout fishing year-round. The river supports trout, smallmouth bass, rock bass and sunfish.

The Columbia Trail runs the length of the gorge which was once the a railroad line. The views of the gorge from the trestle are breathtaking. This is truly a special place. Always beautiful, it is especially so in autumn.

A marker leading to the trestle recounts the story of a train wreck which occurred at the site.
Estimated size of the public land (in regional measurement standard: hectares, acres, kms, etc.): 260 Acres

Is there a trail system?: Yes

If there is a trail system, please describe length, terrain, etc.:
The Columbia Trail runs the length of the gorge and connects to the Highlands Trail.

What points of interest are there?:
The 290 foot long trestle bridge which crosses the South Branch of the Raritan River 80 feet above Ken Lockwood Gorge. From the center of the bridge, the views of the gorge and the river tumbling over the boulders and ledges below are outstanding.

What activities are available?:
Hiking/backpacking, fishing, kayaking, mountain biking, bike touring, hunting, bird watching and nature viewing. Many scenic vistas.

Hours of accessibility?: Dawn to Dusk

List of known hazards (cliffs, snakes, poison plants, etc.):
There are many slippery and rocky areas within the gorge.

Dogs Allowed?: Yes

Is a permit/fee required?: No

If a permit/fee is required please describe in detail how to get one, how much, etc.:
Only strandard fishing and hunting licenses are required for those wishing to do so. There are no fees to the WMA itself.

Please supply the website of the land if available: [Web Link]

Visit Instructions:
Visitors are encouraged to supply a picture of either themselves or their GPS at the trailhead and/or signage of the public access lands - describe your experience there and what you saw - tell us why other folks should come visit!

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