Photo to Hike Ratio 3- Van Campens Glen

DWG blog This trail has been closed for quite some time. Mother Natures storms over the years have wrecked havoc on the area and I’m sure the folly of the government shutdown didn’t help in the cleanup and renewal. On a personal note I’d like to thank  all the politicians who were involved in that fiasco.  I hadn’t visited this spot in about 5 years and I must say my recent hike/shoot  was fantastic. The hike begins off of Old Mine Rd about 20 minutes from RT 80. The parking lot where the trail begins is closed so you’ll need to park by the gate and walk down to the trail head. The trail may be listed as the Van Campens Glen loop trail at the NYNJTC. At the trail head, marked in yellow, you’ll hear and see the reason your there, Van Campens Creek. The trail begins at the closed parking lot begins to meander parallel to the creek.  The lower falls come into to view fairly quickly in the hike on your right. The first set of falls are for more photographic as it is set among large rocks, Rhododendrons and ferns.  As you continue down the trail with some slight elevation the second falls will appear on your left after a bridge crossing. For me though the coolest part of the hike though is up and past the second waterfall slightly less than a mile from the parking lot.  It’s an area that moss covered walls of stone have been carved by the rushing water and thin sliced slabs of rocks are protruding creek side at a 45 degree angle. (The image above was shot from this area).  It can be a little buggy past the second falls so be prepared. The other hidden treasure on this hike and in the Gap in general are the amazing ferns on display especially in the spring. The amount and intense green carpet of color adds to the overall ambiance. It’s a short hike through the Glen but there is so much to look at and enjoy.  Lace up your shoes and grab your camera and enjoy one of the best hidden treasures in all of the state of New Jersey. ©Larry Zink

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