Byram Township is known as the "Gateway to New Jersey Trails"! (Biking, Hiking and Sightseeing)
Click Here: for the Byram Township Trail Map.
September emails from a Johnson Lake resident in appreciation of Byram’s parks and trails, including the Cranberry Overlook trail and the preserved Tamarack Park lands around Johnson Lake:
“Attached is a photo which I took from the Cranberry Overlook! … If you would like any of my photos for your use for promoting the parks, I will happily share. This is about the most wonderfully exciting thing that has happened here since we bought our property. I go out nearly every morning and take photos of the many moods of Johnson Lake from our shoreline. It is very beautiful.
Monday, I walked my dog on a portion of the Tamarack Trail around Johnson Lake which is directly across from my home. … It was stunning and a very easy walk.”
Cranberry Overlook has two access points, one on Tamarack Road directly accross from the entrance to Johnson Lake and the other at the end of C. O. Trail. The trail is a loop going up to a beautiful view overlooking Cranberry Lake all the way to the Delaware Water Gap.
Jefferson Lake Bike Path
The Jefferson Lake Bike Path runs 2.4 miles from Glen Road across from Shoprite Plaza through the woods along Jefferson Lake to the parking area for the Sussex Branch Trail at Waterloo Road. The path shows some outstanding forested areas as it winds up and down moderate hills. There is parking for just a few cars at the Glen Road access point, and for several cars at the Sussex Branch Trail head.
Mansfield Bike Path
The Mansfield Bike Path runs 1.78 miles from the Byram Schools parking lot to Sparta Stanhope road, just north of Lenape Valley Regional High School. There is a spur off the trail connecting it with the East Brookwood section of town. This path provides Brookwood residents with pedestrian and/or bicycle access the schools, municipal building and shopping without traveling on Route 206. It runs through beautiful wooded areas and across running streams. This path has one substantial hill. Occasional benches are provided as rest stops, or simply to sit and enjoy being outdoors.
Sussex Branch Trail (Directions)
Sussex Branch Trail extends 21.2 miles from Netcong to Branchville, following the route of the old Sussex Branch Railroad. This line was in service under various ownerships from 1848 - 1966. Today trail users can explore the route once used by steam locomotives and long freight trains.
Photo courtsey of Martha Kerch
Tamarack Trail runs the length of Tamarack Park from the field on Jones Lane just off Route 206, behind Johnson Lake to Roseville Road across from C. O. Johnson Park. The trail is marked with Township Trail markers. There are currently 12 geocahes placed along this trail. Check geocaching websites for directions to the cahes and log in your finds.