The Paulinskill Valley Trail (27 miles) and the Sussex Branch Trail (20 miles) are part of the Kittatinny Valley State Park. The 27-mile Paulinskill Valley Trail covers the abandoned roadbed of the New York Susquehanna and Western Railroad from Sparta Junction to Columbia, New Jersey. It is a linear State Park administered by the New Jersey State Park System.
Both trails are multi-use. However, no motorized vehicles are allowed. Hiking, bicycle riding, horseback riding, cross-country skiing, snow-shoeing jogging and dog sledding are allowed. All dogs must be on a leash. The tracks have been removed from these rail trails, leaving a pleasant cinder bed path. Except at a few road crossings, the trails are level and offer easy walking, cycling, and horseback riding. Anyone interested in nature or railroad history will enjoy using these two rail trails.
The Paulinskill Valley Trail Committee (PVTC) is a not-for-profit 501c(3) organization of volunteers dedicated to promoting the public interest, appreciation and conservation of the resources of Kittatinny Valley State Park (KVSP) with emphasis on its rail-trails. We offer regularly scheduled hikes and bike rides on our trail. Our complete schedule can be found in our website – www.pvtc-kvsp.org.
Both the Paulinskill Valley Trail and the Sussex Branch Trail are slated to become part of the September 11th National Memorial Trail. This trail will link the World Trade Center Memorial in York City, the Pentagon Memorial in Washington, DC, and the Flight 93 National Memorial in Shanksville, PA.