Wednesday, June 27, 2018

Hiking Jacques Cartier State Park

Hiking Jacques Cartier State Park
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We were surprised when we realized that the Jacques Cartier State Park had a couple miles of hiking trails. We have driven by this lovely park which is just a few miles west of Morristown on Route 12. We knew it was a beautiful waterfront park with a gorgeous view of the river in addition to its camp sites, picnic area, and beach. But we were truly shocked when we hiked into the deep woods and experienced its amazing hiking trails.  If anything, we felt that even the park itself has downplayed the beautify and uniqueness of their trails.  

They do have a trail map one can look at on their website:

The two main trails are the Freedom Trail and Krooked Kreek, and it is easy enough to combine them into one longer hike.  They are all well maintained and marked.  The Freedom Trailhead can be accessed by a small parking area immediately after entering the gate.  It is a beautiful hike through the woods on fairly level ground. It splits and can either end up back on the road, or continue on, crossing a small creek and following other trails that end up in the camping area.

Our favorite trail is the Krooked Kreek trail. While it is not long, it winds through the woods, over a creek (by hopping stones), past a small waterfall, back over the creek (this time, logs and stones), more wandering through a beautiful forest, and then back out to the main road.  Because of those interesting creek crossings, we would say it is a little more advanced trail (though, we managed it several times without ending up in the creek). 

After the hike, one can go back down to the waterfront and enjoy the meticulously maintained beach and picnic area, and facilities.  We loved the trails at Jacques Cartier so you might just see us again there someday, crossing Krooked Kreek!

Hiking Jacques Cartier...Update 9/1/2019:

We revisited Jacques Cartier State Park today and hiked all of our favorite trails.  We are pleased to report that new bridges have been added to cross all of the spots we previously had to get to using stepping stones and fallen trees. The trails are in perfect condition and the scenery is as lovely as we imagined. But the trails are now much more usable for even the beginning hiker!

Be sure to see...
Hiking the Thousand Islands...Introduction

Hiking the Thousand Islands...Abbé Picquet Trail

Hiking the Thousand Islands...Carnegie Bay Trail

Hiking the Thousand Islands...Cerow Recreation Park Trail

Hiking the Thousand Islands...Chaumont Barrens Preserve

Hiking the Thousand Islands...Chippewa Bay Preserve Trail

Hiking the Thousand Islands...Coyote Flats State Forest

Hiking the Thousand Islands...Downybrook Nature Reserve 

Hiking the Thousand Islands...Foster Blake Woods Preserve

Hiking the Thousand Islands...French Creek WMA 

Hiking the Thousand Islands...Grand Lake Reserve

Hiking the Thousand Islands...Grass Point State Park

Hiking the Thousand Islands...Jacques Cartier State Park

Hiking the Thousand Islands...Kanik Nature Trail

Hiking the Thousand Islands...Keewaydin State Park

Hiking the Thousand Islands...Lonesome Bay State Forest

Hiking the Thousand Islands...Macsherry Trail

Hiking the Thousand Islands...Maple City Trail

Hiking the Thousand Islands...Morgan Island

Hiking the Thousand Islands...Morristown Red Barn Preserve

Hiking the Thousand Islands...Otter Creek

Hiking the Thousand Islands...Pulpit Rock State Forest

Hiking the Thousand Islands...Red Lake Indian River Trail 

Hiking the Thousand Islands...Redwood Hill Preserve

Hiking the Thousand Islands...Rock Ridge Trail 

Hiking the Thousand Islands...Sissy Danforth Rivergate Trail

Hiking the Thousand Islands...Wellesley Island State Park

Hiking the Thousand Islands...Zenda Farms Preserve