Trail Improvements at Terrace Pond in Wawayanda State Park

September 17, 2020
Kylie Yang, Program Coordinator
New York-New Jersey Trail Conference


Trail Improvements at Terrace Pond in Wawayanda State Park
Terrace Pond in Wawayanda State Park, New Jersey. Credit: Nick McKenna/New York-New Jersey Trail Conference



Several trail improvements, which aim to make the trails easier to follow, have been completed throughout the Terrace Pond area in Wawayanda State Park. The improvements include changing blaze colors and creating new trails.

This "Completed Major Trail Changes" map shows the trail system in Wawayanda State Park as completed on September 17, 2020. Please take a moment to review this map, and photograph or print it for easy reference during your outing.

This "Old Trail System" map shows what the trail system looked like before the changes in 2020. 


As of September 17, 2020, the changes include:

  • Yellow blazing is complete for a portion of Terrace Pond North, entirety of Terrace Pond South, and portion of Terrace Pond Circular to create the Terrace Pond West Loop.
  • The new route of the Terrace Pond Red trail is complete.
  • Blue/Black spur trail is complete.
  • Blue blazing is complete to create the Terrace Pond North Loop. 

The changes being made to the trail system at Terrace Pond in Wawayanda State Park were sparked by a rise in visitation, which has been accompanied by a rise in lost hikers, leading to a persistent need for the services of local search and rescue. This concept of reinvisioning trail systems to create loop trails has already been successfully introduced at Ramapo Valley County Reservation in New Jersey, where reports of lost trail users have been drastically reduced and the overall hiking experience has been greatly improved.

The new loop trail options at this very popular day-hike destination consist of the blue-blazed Terrace Pond North Loop, the yellow-blazed Terrace Pond West Loop, and the white-blazed Terrace Pond Circular Loop.