Challenging trail network with elevations ranging from 400 to 1,300 feet providing scenic views of the New York Skyline, Burnt Meadow Brook and Lake Sonoma.
The undisturbed forest and rugged terrain of Norvin Green State Forest offers sanctuary for birds and other wildlife. Part of the Wyanokie Wilderness Area, the forest is near Wanaque Reservoir and is home to an extensive trail system built from old logging roads. The existing trails, either old forest roads or new trails constructed by volunteers, are perfect for nature walks and other outdoor classroom activities. With hills ranging from 400 to 1,300 feet in elevation, Norvin Green provides the avid hiker with scenic vistas, including the New York skyline, Burnt Meadow Brook and Lake Sonoma. The property is accessible by foot only.
The Highlands Trail preserves hiking recreational opportunities, habitat and water resources along a wide spectrum of foothill and watershed systems linking the Hudson River from north of Bear Mountain, southwest across Sussex, Passaic, Morris and Hunterdon Counties to the Delaware River in Riegelsville, NJ. When complete, the trail will link the full distance of the Highlands from end to end, a 150-mile footpath network for the more than 1.1 million acres of this distinct physiographic province.
A system of marked hiking trails are available for the public to explore. These trails offer visitors opportunities to hike interior woodlands and rocky vistas. “The southern section of the park is designated as hiking only.
Visitors wishing to go boating or canoeing may do so with the use of electric motors only. There is no vehicle access to Lake Sonoma. Canoes, kayaks and other boats must be carried in and permitted within the designated areas.
Fishing is permitted in designated areas of the park.
A valid New Jersey fishing license is required for anglers 16 years of age or older.
Hunting is permitted in designated areas within the park and is subject to Division of Fish and Wildlife regulations.
A large variety of bird species may be observed in their natural habitat throughout Norvin Green State Forest, which offers sanctuary to birds and other wildlife.
A NJ State Park Service Special Use Permit is required for various types of short-duration, organized activities and/or events within a state park, forest and/or historic site. Examples of organized activities and/or special events include, but are not limited to press events, commercial photography and/or filming, corporate events, fundraisers, festivals, demonstrations, walkathons and races, concerts, Televised events and/or commercial use of or on State Park Service lands and/or waters.
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Facilities for People with Disabilities
We encourage people with disabilities who require special considerations to contact the park at the phone number listed in the general information on the home page of the park. The staff will assist with arrangements. Text telephone (TTY) users, call the NJ Relay & CapTel Service at 711 or 1-800-852-7897 for English or 1-866-658-7714 for Spanish.
All-Terrain Vehicles (ATVs)
Recreational use of ATVs is not permitted on NJ State Park Service property. This includes state parks, forests, recreation areas, golf courses, marinas, natural areas, historic sites, and preserves. Thank you for your help in protecting New Jersey’s natural and historic resources. [N.J.A.C. 7:2-3.4(d)]
State law prohibits the smoking of tobacco and use of electronic smoking (vaping) devices in all state parks, forests, historic sites, recreation areas, golf courses and marinas. [N.J.P.L.2005, c.383 (C.26:3D-56)]
Alcoholic beverages are not permitted in state parks, forests, recreation areas, golf courses, marinas, natural areas, historic sites, and preserves. [ N.J.A.C. 7:2-2.6 ]
Keep Your Park Clean and Green
Protect plants and animals and care for your parks by taking your trash with you. Whatever you carry into the park, plan on carrying it out too. It’s like crowdsourcing trash management! Bring a bag or two for trash, recycling and cleaning up after your pet. There are no trash receptacles in this park. Thank you!
Pets must always be on a leash no longer than six feet in length and under the control of the owner. Please clean up after your pets.
Use insect repellent, wear light-colored clothing, tuck pants into socks, stay on trails, check yourself when you get home, shower and wash clothes immediately.
Be Bear Aware
Black bears are found throughout New Jersey. Do not approach or attract bears by making food available. Feeding bears is dangerous and illegal. Never run from a bear! To report an aggressive bear, call 1-877-WARN-DEP (1-877-927-6337) immediately. Please report any damage or nuisance behavior to the park office. Visit the New Jersey Division of Fish and Wildlife at www.njfishandwildlife.com for additional information on bear safety.