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Ringwood State Park
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Ringwood
State Park

Location:
Bergen and Passaic Counties

Mailing Address:
1304 Sloatsburg Rd.
Ringwood, NJ 07456-1799
(973) 962-7031

GPS Coordinates
DMS 41° 08’ 10.52” N 74° 15' 21.99" W

Size: 4,444 acres

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

Directions:
Take Route 287 to exit 57, follow signs to Ringwood State Park.

Facilities & Activities:
  • Visitors center
  • Formal gardens
  • Ringwood Manor
  • Skylands Manor
  • Shepherd Lake Rec. Area
  • Trails
  • Fishing
  • Hunting
  • Picnicking: tables & food concession at Shepherd Lake
  • Boating/canoeing:
    electric motors, trailer launch, cartop launch, boat rentals, canoe rentals
  • Swimming:
    Shepherd Lake, bathhouse
  • Winter sports: cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, ice fishing, sledding
  • St. Luke's Chapel
  • Thunder Mountain Skeet Range (call: (973) 962-6377)

Trails:

  • Hiking
  • Nature trails
  • Horseback riding
  • Biking
  • Mountain biking

 

 

 

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Keep Your Park 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 8:00 am - 8:00 pm
Office Hours: Open daily 8 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.

Ringwood State Park Map


Park Advisory

Shepherd Lake Recreation Area will be closed on Thursday, October 30th for paving activities.

Due to the closure of the bridge across Ringwood Brook, the segment of the Ringwood/Ramapo (red) and Crossover (white) Trails between Parking Lot B in the Ringwood Manor section and Sloatsburg Road is currently closed. Access to these trails and adjoining trails is available from the Shepherd Lake section of the park.

The NJ Department of Environmental Protection (Department) has been receiving comments and concerns expressed on the construction work underway by Tennessee Gas Co., LLC (TG) on its northeast upgrade project (NEUP).  Portions of the project are within High Point and Ringwood State Parks as well as on other state lands and areas within Sussex, Passaic and Bergen counties.  During the construction period there will be heightened noise level and transporting of heavy equipment to conduct the work.  Any land and/or wildlife disturbance during this period is being carefully monitored by the Department to ensure that TG is following all permit conditions and mitigation measures are fully implemented.  Compliance monitors on site include individuals trained in endangered species identification and relocation.  Additionally, mitigation measures include all areas disturbed must be restored after construction ends. 

Approximately a 3/4 mile portion of the Hasenclever Iron Trail is temporarily closed to the public in the area of Peter's Mine. From the Ringwood Manor side it is approximately 1.5 miles in and 4 miles in from Long Pond Ironworks. There is currently no reroute, please plan accordingly. For more information call the park office.

The State Botanical Garden

Dedicated in 1984, the garden is the culmination of two eras of landscape architecture under the direction of Francis Lynde Stetson, owner of Skylands from 1891-1922. The garden contains an extensive variety of plants, evergreens and deciduous trees and shrubs in specialty areas. Of particular interest are the crabapple vista, terraced gardens, perennial and annual gardens and woodland paths. The extensive vistas of the garden and veiw of Ramapo Mountains frame this 96-acre botanical showplace. Visitors can tour the gardens and surrounding woods year round, from 8 am to 8 pm. For more info check out the New Jersey State Botanical Gardens (NJBG) Skylands Association Web site. For information on wedding ceremonies and receptions in the gardens please call (973) 962-9370 or visit Frungillo Catering.

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.

Ringwood Manor

This beautiful country house, which was home for a succession of well-known ironmasters for nearly 200 years, sits comfortably on a low hill overlooking a landscape that looks as if it escaped from a painting. Iron production in this area began in the 1740s. In the mid-19 century, Ringwood Manor was owned by Abram S. Hewitt, America's foremost ironmaster. Tours are offered from Wednesday through Sunday year round from 10 am to 3pm. Please call in advance to check the daily schedule. Ringwood Manor is part of a National Historic Landmark District. For more information on Ringwood Manor visit the New Jersey Highlands Historical Society Web site: www.ringwoodmanor.org.

Fees: Entrance fees are charged per vehicle from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day.

N/A
weekdays

New Jersey Resident $5.00

Non-Resident $7.00

weekends
N/A
walk-in/bicycle
Link to the Related Fees page 

Skylands Manor

Skylands Manor with its English Jacobean architecture common in the English countryside 400 years ago, was designed by John Russell Pope for Clarence McKensie Lewis, a stockbrocker and civil engineer. Built in the 1920s, it is constructed of native stone and half-timbers. The weathered stone facade of this 44-room mansion blends into the landscape. The mansion contains rooms with antique paneling as well as new American Oak paneling and large windows, some of which contain 16th-century stained glass medallions. Moulded plaster ceilings and an elaborately carved staircase add the finishing touches to this impressive county house. Tours are offered one Sunday per month March through November. For tour information please visit the NJBG/Skylands Association Web site. Skylands Manor is available for weddings and special events hosted by Frungillo Caterers. For more info please call (973) 962-9370 or visit Frungillo Catering.

Fees: Entrance fees are charged per vehicle from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day.

N/A
weekdays

New Jersey Resident $5.00

Non-Resident $7.00

weekends
N/A
walk-in/bicycle
Link to the Related Fees page 


Shepherd Lake Recreation Area

The spring-fed waters of the 74-acre Shepherd Lake are brisk and invigorating and offer swimming from Memorial Day weekend through Labor Day from 10 am to 6 pm. Inner tubes, rafts and other flotation devices are not permitted in the swimming area. Only Coast Guard approved life jackets are permitted. Pets are prohibited on the beach.

Boating, canoeing and fishing are permitted with boat rentals available. A network of trails surrounds the lake leading to rocky vistas.

Fees: Entrance fees are charged per vehicle from Memorial Day weekend to Labor Day.

New Jersey Resident $5.00

Non-Resident $10.00

weekdays

New Jersey Resident $10.00

Non-Resident $20.00

weekends
N/A
walk-in/bicycle

New Jersey Resident $5.00

Non-Resident $ 7.00


motorcycle

 

Link to the Related Fees page 


Trails

NOTICE: Approximately a 3/4 mile portion of the Hasenclever Iron Trail is temporarily closed to the public in the area of Peter's Mine. From the Ringwood Manor side it is approximately 1.5 miles in and 4 miles in from Long Pond Ironworks. There is currently no reroute, please plan accordingly. For more information call the park office.

An intricate system of marked hiking trails are available for the public to explore, some of which connect the Ringwood and Skylands sections of the park. These trails offer visitors opportunities to explore interior woodlands and rocky vistas.

Multi use trails are also available in the Skylands section of the park. These trails are suitable for hiking, horseback riding, mountain biking, cross country skiing and snowmobiling. Please obey all designated uses of the trails, posted at the trail heads and trail crossings. A 7.5 mile mountain bike loop trail begins in the Shepard Lake section of the park. For information on this trail and mountain biking volunteer opportunities please visit Jersey Off Road Bicycle Association.

Please note that the trail difficulty ratings are opinion only. All trail mileages represent only the portion of the trail that goes through Ringwood State Park, 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 park office or through the New York - New Jersey Trail Conference Web site. A park map is available in the park office.

TRAILS:
RATING
Blue (Blue blazes)
Moderate
Cannonball (Red blazes)
Difficult
Cooper Union (Yellow blazes)
Difficult
Crossover (White blazes)
Difficult
Cupsaw Brook (Blue blazes)
Difficult
Halifax (Green blazes)
Moderate
Hasenclever Iron Trail (yellow blazes)
Moderate
Hoeferlin (Yellow blazes)
Difficult
Pierson Ridge
Difficult
Ringwood-Ramapo (Red blazes)
Difficult
Shore (Blue blazes)
Moderate
White (White blazes)
Moderate
Brushwood Fire Roads (not marked)
Moderate to Difficult
Mountain Bike Loop (RVCC blazes)
Difficult

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Hunting

State Park Service areas open to hunting for 2014-2015

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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