Norvin Green See all the way to New York City from Carris Hill.
Institute Woods Walk in splendid isolation, a hop, skip and jump from Princeton.
D & R Canal Towpath Enjoy views of Pennsylvania and broad stretches of the Delaware River.
Best Hike: Carris Hill in Norvin Green State Forest
- Start Parking lot off Glenwild Rd, Bloomingdale
- End Parking lot off Glenwild Rd, Bloomingdale
- Duration 3–4 hours
- Distance 4 miles
- Difficulty Moderate to difficult (800 feet elevation gain)
The Blue (Hewitt-Butler) Trail is fairly well marked for the length of this hike. From the parking lot off Glenwild Ave in Bloomingdale, follow the trail north to Otter Hole, a stream with large boulders which may be slippery, so use caution crossing. After scrambling across, you'll hit an intersection with the green blazed trail. Keep right on the Blue Trail and your up-and-down adventure truly begins.
At the next Y intersection, follow the signs for Chikahoki Falls. Cross a small log bridge; shortly after the Blue Trail turns left and uphill. You'll eventually climb over more difficult terrain, which is rockier. Take a breather if you need to.
Closer to the top you'll hit some more greenery, including hemlock and pitch pine. The trail continues to ascend and descend, but you'll soon hit the summit with views of Wyanokie High Point north, Windbeam Mountain to the east and Asssinwikam Mountain to the west.
Instead of continuing on the Blue Trail at the summit, follow the Yellow (Carris Hill) Trail down. Footing can be tricky, so go slowly. The trip down can be steep, so be prepared if you're walking in wet or icy weather. When the going gets easier, you'll cross another creek at the bottom of the hill, shortly after that there's a cluster of signs locals jokingly call 'Grand Central.' Follow the White (Lower) Trail and continue on the Posts Brook Trail, soon reaching Chikahoki Fall – another wonderful reward for all the hard work you've put in. The two-story falls splits in two, providing perfect, peaceful symmetry. Eventually you'll have to climb out, meeting up again with the Blue Trail, which you can follow back to the parking lot and civilization.