Just Imagine the Discoveries You Can Make Along the Byway
Take a stroll through the captivating forests and fields. Enjoy the many viewpoints, wildlife and trail challenges suited for all. Climb the Wawayanda Mountain on the “Stairway to Heaven” to one of the best viewpoints in NJ: Pinwheel Vista.
Authentic Local Heritage
Get a glimpse of this byway’s unique culture by visiting the farms, browsing the local shops, and celebrating at the many annual festivals in Sussex County.
History You Can Only Find Here
Go on a self-guided tour of the unique historic sites like the 40-acre Black Creek National Register Indian Site in Vernon, which is listed on both the New Jersey and National Historic registers. Jump back to the 19th-century by visiting Price’s Switch One Room School House. You can also stop by the numerous family-owned farms scattered about the byway.
What to Do on Your Byway Adventure
Visit this one-room schoolhouse to get a glimpse of student life from 1840 until the late 1950s. The schoolhouse is still in its original condition.
This dairy farm was built in the 1750s and contains a beautiful flower garden, first installed by renowned garden innovator Helena Rutherford Ely. The farm stand has fresh produce and dairy products for purchase.
This easy 1.5-mile trail is perfect for some leisurely strolling with the family.
The DeKay family has a long history in both New Jersey and New York, starting with Jacob Theunis DeKay’s arrival to Manhattan in 1630. Colonel Thomas DeKay settled in Vernon Township in the mid-1700s. Currently, 26 members of the DeKay family rest at this historic site.
Local residents and the Lenape of New Jersey collaborated to preserve this site, which holds 10,000 years of history for the Lenape. Today, the Black Creek National Register Indian Site is a state and nationally designated historic site.
Hiking, canoeing, kayaking, fishing, camping, mountain biking, cross-country skiing
A 35,000-acre state park with over 60 miles of trails, Wawayanda State Park encompasses Lake Wawayanda and is great for hiking, camping, fishing, hunting, picnicking and boating. Historic sites can also be found at this park, including Barret Farm Historic Site and the ruins of an old iron furnace.
Established to conserve the populations of forest-dwelling and grassland birds, migrating waterfowl, wintering raptors and other endangered species, the Wallkill Refuge is a popular spot for hunting, fishing, canoeing and wildlife viewing.