Without a doubt, one of Hacklebarney State Parks most admirable features is the Black River. The river runs through most of the park and there is a very easy trail that goes along side the river allowing the visitor to explor the many curves, bends, and drops of the Black River. The river gets it's name from it's dark water which is actually just...more
I like to assign the name, the Trout Brook Waterfall, to this one particular waterfall because it is the most impressive of the several waterfalls that comprise the Trout Brook. Being the most impressive, and also because none of the falls are named, I have singled this one at as 'the falls". As you make your way down to the Black River from the...more
Aside from the Rhinehart Brook, the Trout Brook also feeds into the Black River. This brook however, is much more frequented as a number of the trails head down past this brook. Scattered along the way down-stream to the river, you'll find a number of waterfalls amongst all the boulders. Elisabeth and I like to hike the Trout Brook upstream for a...more
Aside from the Cider Mill on Hacklebarney Farm, there are no restaurants in the immediate vicinity of the park. As such, if you want to eat at the park, picnicking is permitted and there are numerous benches set up throughout the park where families and friends can do just that. Some of them have better spots than other so familiarize yourself with...more
One word pretty much sums up this place, "AMAZING!". The Cider Mill at Hacklebarney State Park specializes in making many delicious treats out of apples. From apple cider to apple hot dogs (hot dogs boiled in apple cider) this place is phenomenal! The apples (various varieties) grown by the Jacobson family on the farm are freshly pressed by the...more
There are a number of berries that grow wild in Hacklebarney State Park. I can't say I know which are edible and wich are potentially poisonous so bring your own lunch for your own sake.
If you find a terrain like this one at Hacklebarney State Park, try not to play the adventerous fool and start climbing up the side of this. Many of the rocks can shift and either you, or someone below can get hurt. Not to mention the damage that can occur to some of the fragile vegetation and possibly nests and animal niches in these rocks. Just...more
Luggage and bags: Unlike most parks where picnic tables are clustered in one spot, Haklebarney has tables and benches scattered throughout the park. A knapsack will be useful to carry lunch/snacks until you find a nice spot.
Fishing at Hacklebarney State Park is permitted with a license. The license can be obtained at any sporting goods store in the state of NJ. Check in with the Hacklebarney State Park Ranger's office for tips on the best spots for fishing. I have to say in all my years visiting the park, I have yet to see someone catch something.more
Hiking in Hacklebarney State Park is the number one recreational purpose for the park. There are several trails, all of varying degrees of difficulty. Look to spend about 2-3 hours at least exploring the various trails. They're all worth taking! All you need is the proper attire for cold or warm weather depending on the season, and a good pair of...more
One of the best times to visit Hacklebarney State Park is in the fall. Because of it's dense foliage, the colors here are so vibrant and rich it's amazing. The north-east of the United States is very famous for it's autumn colors, but in New Jersey, this is one of the best places to observe the myriad of colors on display by nature.more
Arguably my favorite spot in Hacklebarney state park is the second largest of the Trout Brook's waterfalls. I call it Little falls, but it really doesn't have a name. I love these falls for their symmetry and yet abstract appearance. It's a great place to just sit on a boulder and take it all in. Elisabeth and I use this park as an escape from the...more
Here's another example of taking a moment to really look for the wildlife. Don't get me wrong, while this daddy longlegs doesn't inspire much thrill, he's not the only inhabitant of the park. You do see deer, snakes, and many other animals that would inspire the average joe. I just haven't had a chance to photograph them yet.more