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SILVER SPRAY FALLS (Sussex county, 40-50 feet) may be New Jersey's prettiest, free-falling over the red rocks of the Kittatinny Ridge through a glen of hemlock and mountain laurel.  Silver Spray Falls is difficult to find, located along an unmarked trail leading from the gravel road south of Laytonsville.  It is best to be guided by someone who has been there.
Silver Spray Falls

Buttermilk Falls

Buttermilk Falls

 BUTTERMILK FALLS (Sussex County, 80-90 feet) cascades spectacularly down the red shale face of the Kittatinny Ridge. It is the only waterfall in New Jersey, apart from Great Falls, with a developed viewing area: the National Park Service has erected an interpretive display and built a wooden walkway to the top.

Buttermilk Falls is in the Delaware Water Gap National Recreation Area, alongside a gravel road south of Walpack Center.  The Park Service does not advertise Buttermilk Falls, keeping the location a pleasant secret.

STONY BROOK (Sussex County, about 15 feet) offers two falls in its course from Stony Lake to Big Flatbrook.   The Upper Falls sluices through a gap in an old stone wall, evidently the site of a mill.  Slightly further downstream the Lower Falls cascades down a staircase of red shale.  The Stony Brook Falls can be found by walking downstream from the Kittle Field Picnic Area in Stokes State Forest. Stony Brook Upper
Stony Brook Lower

Tillmans Ravine TILLMANS RAVINE (Sussex County, total about 50 feet) is one of New Jersey's natural wonders, found where Tillmans Creek flows through a gorge of giant hemlock trees, mountain laurels and ferns.  The air becomes noticeably chillier when one enters the ravine, a "microclimate" for plants normally found only much further north.  At the falls, Tillmans Creek slides and cascades, with one free-fall of about 10 feet, down the red rocks of the Kittatinny Ridge.   Located at the south end of Stokes State Forest, the falls can be reached by walking down from the ravine area parking lots.

Coopers Glen (Sussex County, about 25 feet), or Glen Clove, seems rugged and remote, a steep ravine where Clove Brook plunges over rough ledges.  After a rain, a 30-foot cascade tumbles from the side of the glen.  The site of colonial era mills, the falls is about one mile south of Coleville, on private lands closed to trespassers. Coopers Glen

Coopers Glen

Coopers Glen (side falls)

Rutherford Lake (upper)
Rutherford Lake (lower)
RUTHERFORD LAKE (Sussex County, total 50 feet) serves as a water supply for the Village of Sussex.  The creek at the lake's outlet tumbles over two waterfalls: the first, about 15 feet, and the second a slide of about 35 feet.  Rutherford Lake is in High Point State Park, and can be reached by hiking (about 1 1/2 miles) a dirt road from NJ Route 23 one-half mile south of the park headquarters.

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last update 11 sept 99