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Ramapo Mountain
State Forest

Location:
Bergen and Passaic Counties

Mailing Address:
c/o Ringwood State Park
1304 Sloatsburg Rd.
Ringwood, NJ 07456-1799
(973) 962-7031

GPS Coordinates
DMS 41° 01’ 58.10” N 74° 15' 06.57" W

Size: 4,269 acres

Fees: No entrance fee.
Link to the Related Fees page

Directions:
Take Route 287 to exit 57, follow Skyline Drive to parking lot on the left

Facilities & Activities:
  • Trails
  • Fishing
  • Hunting
  • Canoeing
  • Birdwatching
  • Cannonball Trail Footbridge
  • Winter sports:
    ice fishing, cross-country skiing

Trails:

  • Hiking
  • Horseback riding
  • Mountain biking

 

 

 

This hilly forest is a sanctuary for wildlife. Hikers and mountain bikers enjoy miles of challenging trails. Many trails offer a view of the New York City skyline. Birdwatchers are attracted to the forest for its ponds, streams and marshes that provide the perfect habitat for bird and other wildlife species. The forest borders the Ramapo Mountain Reservation, which is part of the Bergen County Park System.

Keep Your Forest Clean

Through the Carry-In/Carry-Out Program you can help us keep your parks clean and beautiful by carrying out the trash you carry in. Bags are provided throughout the site. Thank you for your cooperation and remember to recycle.

Park Hours

Open daily sunrise to sunset.

Ramapo Mountain State Forest Map

Park Advisory

The following trails are open: Cannonball Trail north of Skyline Drive & south of Skyline Drive to McEvoy Trail (closed between McEvoy and Hoeferlin intersection south of 287), Cannonball Trail between Barbara Drive and intersection with Hoeferlin Trail, Hoeferlin Trail north of Skyline Drive & south of Skyline Drive to McEvoy Trail (closed between McEvoy & Cannonball), Hoeferlin Trail between Pool Hollow Rd. and intersection with Cannonball Trail, Ringwood-Ramapo Trail north of Skyline Drive to Shepherd Lake, Castle Point Trail and Wanaque Ridge Trail.

Questions regarding trail statuses can be directed to the Ringwood State Park office at (973) 962-2240

As of 1/5/14:

Ringwood State Park-
OPEN- All trails except those listed below
PARTIAL CLOSURE- Hasenclever Trail in the area of Peter’s Mine (EPA cleanup)
PARTIAL CLOSURE- Ringwood/Ramapo & Crossover Trails at Ringwood Brook (bridge closed - trails accessible via stream crossing)

Ramapo Mountain State Forest-
ALL TRAILS OPEN

Long Pond Ironworks-
OPEN- All trails except those listed below
PARTIAL CLOSURE- Highlands Trail at Wanaque River (bridge out - trail accessible via East Shore Rd. fire road/Jennings Hollow Trail)
PARTIAL CLOSURE- Sterling Ridge Trail at Wanaque River (bridge out -  trail accessible via East Shore Rd. fire road/Jennings Hollow Trail)
PARTIAL CLOSURE- Hasenclever Trail at Wanaque River (bridge out - trail accessible from end of Beech Rd.)

Norvin Green State Forest-
ALL TRAILS OPEN

Farny State Park-
ALL TRAILS OPEN

Ramapo Lake Natural Area (1,417 acres)

This natural area offers spectacular views from numerous rock outcroppings and ledges and rewards those who accept the challenge of the winding hiking trails and rocky terrain that comprise most of the site. A 120-acre clearwater mountain lake provides an excellent spot for fishing and birdwatching. There is no swimming permitted in this lake. The area is open every day from 8 am to 8 pm.

Special Use Permit Application

Special Use Permit Application Package

A Special Use Permit is utilized to accommodate a specific activity or event being conducted over a short duration. There are two types of special use permits: Non-Commercial and Commercial and fees are based on NJ residency and Non-residents.  A completed application must be submitted to the park/forest area where the activity or event is being held at least 90 days prior to the event. If the special use or event is extremely large or complex, at least one-year’s prior notice is recommended.

Trails

An system of marked hiking and multi use trails are available for the public to explore. These trails offer visitors opportunities to hike interior woodlands and rocky vistas.

The multi use trails are suitable for hiking, mountain biking, and cross country skiing. Please obey all designated uses of the trails, posted at the trail heads and trail crossings.

Please note that trail difficulty ratings are opinion only. All trail mileages represent only the portion of the trail that goes through Ramapo Mountain State Forest, and complete trail lengths could be longer, therefore a topgraphical trail map is recommended for navigation of the trails. Maps may be purchased in the Ringwood State Park office (973-962-7031) or through the New York - New Jersey Trail Conference.

TRAILS:
LENGTH (miles)
RATING
Cannonball (Red blazes)
6.0 miles
Difficult
Castle Point (White blazes)
1.0 miles
Difficult
Hoeferlin (Yellow blazes)
6.0 miles
Difficult
Lake
4.0 miles
Easy
Lookout (Red blazes)
1.5 miles
Difficult
MacEvoy (Blue blazes)
2.5 miles
Difficult
Ringwood-Ramapo (Red blazes)
2.5 miles
Difficult
Road to Lake
1.0 miles
Difficult
Todd (White blazes)
1.5 miles
Difficult


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Hunting

State Park Service areas open to hunting for 2013-2014

Hunting is permitted in designated areas within the park and is subject to Division of Fish and Wildlife regulations.

 


Questions regarding our parks and forests can be directed to
Michele Buckley of the State Park Service.

 

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