Buttermilk Falls, one of the tallest waterfalls in New Jersey,
is located in Walpack Township within scenic Sussex County.
This trail begins with a climb to the top of the Falls. From there, the trail continues to make a steep climb up to the Appalachian National Scenic Trail for spectacular views of the valley below. To extend the hike, hike south on the Appalachian Trail to connect with Crater Lake and Hemlock Pond loop trails. (Taken from nps.gov)
This spectacular waterfall cascades down the mountainside just a few feet from the road; it is breathtaking in most seasons, but less so during dry periods. The National Park Service has built interpretive displays along a wooden stairway to the top of the falls, but use caution as it is quite steep and is likely to be damp. Adventurous explorers can take the Buttermilk Falls Blue Trail that climbs 1000 feet above the falls, and ultimately reaches the Appalachian Trail after approximately 1.9 miles. For more information visit http://www.nynjtc.org/trails/ebh/buttermilk.html. Although Mountain Road is unpaved and rough in some areas, it can be rewarding for wildlife-viewing. There are several parking areas, and, as with the other sites in this region, a host of birds can be found, including American Redstart, Common Yellowthroat, Yellow, Blue-winged, Hooded, Magnolia and Northern Parula Warblers, Wood, Veery, Swainson’s and Hermit Thrushes, Eastern Wood Pewee, Great-crested Flycatcher and Blue-gray Gnatcatcher. (Taken from njwildlifetrails.org)