It's another edition of "Hiking New Jersey", part of our series "Daytripping with Shawn Michaels".  This time we are in Sussex County in the town of Vernon to hike "the stairway to heaven", which is part of the Appalachian Trail in Wawayanda State Park here in New Jersey.

We got the idea to hike the "stairway to heaven" from the TOP 10 NJ Hikes list with njhiking.com and we hope to hit all ten eventually. This hike is a very scenic hike, but I will say it's a tough one. We hike as a hobby so for us, the 7.5-mile trek was a tough one. Avid hikers may think it's "moderate" but I will say that for other "hobbyists" the climb up the rocky slopes of Wawayanda Mountain are hard and is a challenge both up and down! Walking sticks/poles are very useful on this hike, at least 1 pole.  There are limited facilities and bring plenty of water for this hike! There are several shorter routes, but the 7.5-mile trek to the "View" is the reason to go and we are so glad we did it!

This hike is a drive, about 2 hours from the Shore and is part of the legendary Appalachian Trail. The Appalachian Trail is about 2,200 miles long. The trail was started in 1921 and it covers several states including New Jersey, New York, Connecticut, Massachusetts, Vermont, New Hampshire, Maine, Georgia, North Carolina, Tennessee, Virginia, West Virginia, Maryland, and Pennsylvania.

Have YOU made it up the "Stairway To Heaven"?

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