Vandalism on Trail Highlights Need for Trail Maintenance Volunteers

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The Lake Hopatcong Foundation has received lots of great feedback from community members who have been hiking and enjoying the new Lake Hopatcong Trail. The first leg of the planned 40-mile trail stretches approximately 9 miles through the Borough of Hopatcong and was officially opened in September.

Unfortunately, along with all of the positive feedback, we have also encountered some vandalism along the trail.  Theft of signs, destruction and removal of blazes and dumping along the trail all highlight the need for a good team of trail maintenance volunteers to help us keep the trail clear and safe.

Photo by LHF Intern Tyler Kratzer

Photo by LHF Trail Maintenance Volunteer Shawn Siegel

Photo by LHF Acting Executive Director Donna Macalle-Holly

If you encounter any issues while hiking on the trail, please contact our office at 973-663-2500 or

If you would like to adopt a section of the trail to maintain, please see the trail sections and map below and contact to add your name to the list.  Trail maintainers are asked to hike their adopted stretch, do some basic trail maintenance and report their findings to the Foundation twice a year.  All trail maintainers will be provided with a trail maintenance guide and trail report forms.  It’s simple to do!  Thank you to all who have been out hiking and maintaining this wonderful community asset.

Trail Sections:

Beginning to B: Hopatcong State Park to Hopatcong Senior Center

B to C: Hopatcong Senior Center Spur to Hilltop Field Complex Spur

C to D: Hilltop Field Complex to the Middle School

D to E: The Middle School to Hopatcong High School

F to I: Veterans Field Spur to Highlands Trail (NOT including Durban Ave. School Spur)

G – Durban Ave School Spur to Main Trail

H – Leo Avenue Spur to Main Trail

K to J: Camp Trail Spur to Brooklyn Mountain Road

J – Brooklyn Mountain Road Spur to Main Trail 

I to Maxim Drive (also Highlands Trail) 

Maxim Drive to L – Mountain Inlet

L – Mountain Inlet Spur

L to M: Mountain Inlet to Prospect Point Preserve

Lake Hopatcong Trail Map

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