Rattlesnake Swamp Trail

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New Jersey, United States, North America
Route Type:
Spring, Summer, Fall, Winter
Time Required:
Half a day
Class I

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Rattlesnake Swamp Trail
Created On: Jan 18, 2005
Last Edited On: Feb 16, 2006


There are two trailheads for the Rattelsnake Swamp Trail. One is at the Mohican Outdoor Center and the other is on Route 602 1.8 miles south of Millbrook Village.


From I-80 Take the RT-94 N exit- EXIT 4C- toward BLAIRSTOWN.
Merge onto NJ-94 E. 8.4 miles to Blairstown, NJ US
Form Rt. 94turn left on to County Rd. 602(Millbrook Rd.).Follow that road for about five miles and you will be on top of the ridge. Park on the left or right side of the road and go south on the A.T..

Summary: From New York City, eastern Connecticut, and points north:
1) New York Thruway south to 287 south to Route I-80 or GW Bridge to I-80
2) Take I-80 west to Exit 12 (NJ 521) Take right fork in exit, follow signs for Blairstown.
3) NJ 521 north to NJ 94 turn left (south)
4) NJ 94 south for 1.1 miles thru Blairstown to Mohican Rd
5) Right on to Mohican Road
6) Follow directions below from Mohican Road
From central New Jersey:
1) Rt- 31 north until it ends
2) Left on NJ 46 west approx 1 mile to NJ 519
3) NJ 519 north to NJ 521 in Hope
4) NJ 521 north to NJ 94, turn left (south)
5) NJ 94 south for 1.1 miles thru Blairstown to Mohican Road; Right on to Mohican Road
6) Follow directions below from Mohican Road
From Pennsylvania & Philadelphia:
1) NE Extension of PA Turnpike to US 22 East (Lehigh Valley Exit #33)
2) Take US-22 east to PA-33 North
3) PA-33 North to I-80 East
4) I-80 east to NJ-94
5) NJ-94 north about 7 miles to traffic light, new A&P Shopping Center on left
6) about 1 mile past light turn left on Mohican Road
From Mohican Road:
7) Follow Mohican Road 3½ miles to Gaisler Road CAUTION: This is a winding-road with
several forks always bear right at the Ys.
8) Turn left on Gaisler Road and go ½ mile.
9) Turn right on Camp Road (just before "Children Playing" sign). This turns into a dirt road.
10) Cross the Appalachian Trail.
11) You will come to an unlocked gate, drive thru.
12) When you see the Lodge on left and a double garage on the right, stop, park and come in to the lodge to register

Route Description

From 602 Trailhead:
Follow the A.T. South in to the woods.
At 0.4 milet the A.T. trun left. Stay STRAIGHT on the Catfish Mountain Fire Road.
100 yards later the Rattelsnake Swamp Trail starts on your right, go right.
The trail is very flat and very dry for the first 1.85 miles.
Before the Rattelsnake Swamp Trail starts to climb Catfish Mt. a blue blazed side trail will take you to the Mohican Outdoor Center.
The Rattelsnake Swamp Trail climbs a rocky trail for 0.4 miles before intersecting with the A.T..
To reach the fire tower turn left and go North on the A.T. for about one mile.
Return the same way or continue on the A.T. north and back to your car.

Essential Gear

Just your basic Day hike gear plus what ever clothing you will need due to weather and snow shoes when there is more than 8" of snow on the ground.

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