Brendan T. Byrne to Bear Swamp Hill

Total Miles


63.58 ft


3.5 Hours

Technical Rating



Best Time

Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter

Trail Overview

This trail begins in the Brendan T. Byrne State Forest and ends at Bear Swamp Hill Loop. The trail runs northeast, turns south, and transitions southwest. The beginning is located on Route 72, turning into the forest, and ends at the Atsion Ranger Station. It provides a 26-mile ride through the dense forests. The trail is mostly easy, composed of dirt and gravel roads that include water crossings. Along the route, there are also hiking trails, campsite locations, and several smaller trails and connections to other sections. This route can be completed in either direction; be courteous to those traveling in the opposite direction or joining from other parts of the forest. For many parts of the year, this area has water crossings. Stay to the sides or utilize bypasses.

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Brendan T. Byrne to Bear Swamp Hill
Brendan T. Byrne to Bear Swamp Hill
Brendan T. Byrne to Bear Swamp Hill


This trail is intermediate; there's uneven or rutted dirt trail in some places with potential for sandy washes. Water crossings can get as high as 18 inches. There's potential for mud holes and trail obstacles up to 12 inches, including short, steep grades. Roads are typically one vehicle wide with places to pass.

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Access Description

A good meeting spot is the Brendan T. Byrne State Forest Park Office off of NJ Route 72. You can meet the trail by using the Lebanon Loop Trail to meet Norlemon Road or enter the State Forest off Route 72 as indicated by the initial trail marker.

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