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The India Brook Park Loop Hike is one of the most spectacular short hikes in Mendham Township. The Glen is approx 3 -5 miles from Worthington State Forest Campground, along the same road. So if anyone wanted, he/she could camp there and visit "The Glen" and "Fairview" in one day, and Sunfish Pond (whole day hike) on the other day.
From the parking area, follow the white trail along the soccer field down the hill until you see the trail go into the forest at the far left back corner of the field. Where the trail meets India Brook turn right and walk 500 feet to we Buttermilk Falls. For the loop trail, turn around and follow the trail north along India Brook. Cove, falls, sliding places, very special little swimming and water play place in Vancampens Brook. It consists of a waterfall that enters a deep, some say is 50' deep but more likely 15-20', circular hole that is really nice to relax in and a natural rock slide down to a shallow pool. It would be possible to access the trailhead for Sunfish (same parking lot as Fairview), Worthington, "The Glen" -- and also "Watergate" (developed swimming area apx 1 mile from "The Glen") and also "Millbrook Village" (restored 18th century village, no swimming but no charge either) -- all by bicycle.
Said to be 1) bottomless 2)quicksand and 3) haunted by the Jersey Devil, who pulls swimmers to their death. It is best to park at the Winslow Fish and Wildlife Management Area gun range off of Piney Hollow Road.
Oh, yes, and if none of the above are real (who knows? Hike on a dirt road off Piney Hollow Road, leading northwest into the Winslow Wildlife Management Area. There are several places people have been observed to swim in the river at the State Park.
Continue on the white blazed trail upstream along India Brook. It's a very narrow road but it does seem to attract a fair share of cyclists." To get here from Turtle Beach (above) continue north on Old Mine Rd.
The Loop Trail eventually makes a left turn up the hill. about 4 more miles past the first parking area for Vancampens Glen to the Upper Glen parking area on the east (left) side of the road - park. I got this negative report in 2003: "Unless I am missing something, the hole isn't usable as described.
THIS IS NOT REALLY A HOLE YOU WOULD WANT TO SWIM IN. There is a small parking area here, at the wing dam, and some benches. Many of these are situate in publicly owned and State administered properties.
Among the agencies that are stewards of these natural resources is the Div.
Popular spot for kids drinking and having small party's through out the day" Here is a report in 2009: "Was just here today.
From Morristown (near I-287) take RT 510 (Mendham Rd.) west about 10 miles, through Mendham, then turn north (right) on Ironia Rd..
Keep left to stay on Ironia Rd., and in about 3 miles you will come to the India Brook Park entrance on the right (before you get to South Road ). The trailhead and kiosk are located in the sharp bend up the road about 150 feet, on the right. Here is a report on this area from 2009:"We visited "The Glen" last weekend.
If you go - GO NUDE, and NO GAWKING, NO CAMERAS, NO SEXUAL BEHAVIOR. From the Garden State Parkway, exit 117, (at Matawan, south of New York City) take RT 36 south (follow sign for Gateway National Recreation Area). Nearing the ocean shore, watch for sign "Sandy Hook / Gateway National Recreation Area next right" just before a drawbridge.
Immediately following the drawbridge, an exit ramp to the right crosses back over RT 36 into the park. This description from a local resident: The pool is a non-profit community owned pool that was built in the 1930s by damming a small stream.
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Directions: walk or drive down the main trail "easy to notice" 200 yards first left 50 feet area to park.