Ken Lockwood Gorge WIldlife Management Area

Ken Lockwood Gorge WIldlife Management Area

Ken Lockwood Gorge WIldlife Management Area
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Bravegirl
Annandale, NJ96 contributions
1.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2020
I live at the entrance to the Ken Lockwood Gorge in NJ. The gorge is currently CLOSED until further notice due to Covid furloughs. Please stay home! There are physical barriers and caution blocking the entrance. The traffic in front of our house is horrendous.
Written July 25, 2020
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Tala
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1.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2020 • Couples
The gorge is a picturesque spot and attracts many fly fishermen/women. Due to an influx in out of town visitors who have recently discovered this “hidden gem” the accessibility to the gorge has been closed and barricaded by local police for over a month. Sadly, this inaccessibility also extends to locals who reside along the gorge and access the gorge daily for recreational purposes such as fishing, biking, and running.

This area is part of a larger expanse of preserved land in the area. The Ken Lockwood Gorge and neighboring Lake Solitude are not state parks. As such, there are no garbage receptacles here and no public restrooms. Please practice common courtesy and respect before you relieve yourself on the trail or in the yards of locals, block driveway access, and litter in yards. Picking fruit and flowers from personal gardens or wandering onto the property of others is also strongly discouraged.

The waters of the gorge and Lake Solitude are not for swimming. Although it may be tempting on a hot day, the waters are primarily used for trout fishing. There are signs posted that denote this everywhere.

I highly recommend a visit to the gorge for individuals and families who enjoy biking, walking, and respecting nature. For those who intend to come to take a dip in the water, drink alcohol (and subsequently smash glass bottles on paths that bicyclists and dogs access), and litter I would highly recommend traveling elsewhere or perhaps, just stay at home.
Written August 3, 2020
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Chief4490
Califon, NJ63 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2016
The South Branch of the Raritan River is at its finest as it tumbles through the Gorge. This is a great (and very popular) location with hikers, runners, dog walkers, cyclists, and fly fishermen. With good reason. It's peaceful, beautiful, and easily accessible. You can be forgiven if you lose track and think you're somewhere in New England.
Written September 7, 2016
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movieglue
North Wildwood, NJ1,049 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2012 • Family
Super ! Biked the Columbia Trail, which goes through Ken Lockwood Gorge. Started in High Bridge and biked to Califon. Saw dozens of gnome homes. I guess there is a local tradition to leave gnome homes along the trail; some were simple, others elaboarate. Stopped and ate salmonberries along the trail. There were plenty of very steep paths to the gorge -- looked dangerous, but not to teenagers. Plenty of places to stop and climb rocks. The interpretative signs were fascinating -- train derailment over the gorge in the late 1800s, story of how Califon got its name (named California, but the sign maker ran out of room on the sign), etc. Califon was interesting and had nice places to lunch. The bicycle path was completely flat -- another bonus when bicycling with kids.
Written July 14, 2012
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P F B
Edison, NJ1,639 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2019
Set the GPS, then found the place by finally asking for directions. The road in is about one lane wide and is two way, and dead ends. There are a couple of areas wide enough to pull over to allow for cars to pass that are going in the opposite direction. This is worth it. The stream that runs along the gorge is beautiful. This is actually the south branch of the Raritan River. There were people walking, jogging, riding bicycles, and fishing. The path to walk along the river is easy. The path also connects with the Columbia Trial. Beautiful, colorful scenery, great for photography. This was my first visit, this will not be my last visit.
Written October 26, 2019
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oldmandiver
Sergeantsville, NJ96 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2018 • Solo
I tried to go here recently but Google maps screwed me up! I went here many years ago and was recently bored and decided to go back again . Wanted to take my dog for a walk. I wasn't positive about ho to get there so I asked GOOGLE! It sent me down a dead end road just after Vorhees High School. NO parking, no entrance! Nada! Zilch! Anyway it is worth the trip but do not trust your GPS.
Written September 12, 2018
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alison_p_d
Ardmore, PA52 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2017 • Solo
Went here for the first time this past weekend with my dog and had a wonderful time. We ran into lots of friendly families and hikers enjoying the weather, lots of people splashing around in the water. The flow of the water is very gentle and for the most part very shallow. There were a couple spots were an adult could wade in to their waist. We never made it to an actual "gorge" per se but the hike was lovely and we spent a lot of time in the water. Can't wait to go back!!
Written July 19, 2017
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aviron l
East Windsor, NJ116 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2016 • Couples
This is a no miss place.It is always pretty.Easy walk along the water and one can go as far or as close as one wants.The last part of the way is not clearly marked so watch out.
Written October 21, 2016
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JohnKBachmann
Port Orange, FL184 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2016 • Solo
Take the time to traverse both the WMA and walk further downstream to Lake Solitude and the beauty of the south branch of the Raritan River. It's also a great biking trail. With the fall weather and the leaves changing this area is beautiful.
Living locally I've done this a number of times, even after the road was closed to auto traffic.
You can also continue by car to Clinton, walk by the dam and lake there and enjoy the town.
In the opposite direction go up river to Califon either along the river or on the parallel Columbia Trail.
Either way it's worth the effort to visit all these areas!
Written October 11, 2016
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Simonizzze
New Jersey623 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sep 2016 • Friends
I've gone bicycle riding with a friend on the trail through the Gorge a number of times. It's easy riding and easy hiking (always see some hikers), and also just right for a casual walk. Nothing really strenuous.

It's beautiful and tranquil in the Gorge on a nice summer day. Lots of good photo opportunities. The trail through the Gorge runs parallel in spots to the Columbia Trail, which we start on in High Bridge, and then after about a mile detour to the left to pick up the trail for the Gorge (you have to be careful, especially on a bike, going down the incline from the Columbia Trail to the Gorge trail).

This is definitely worth a visit if you want to enjoy some great scenery.
Written September 7, 2016
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