Abram Hewitt State Forest

Park Overview:

With its many overlooks, colorful bedrock, and stunted pitch pines, the forest encompasses part of the Bearfort Ridge, one of the most picturesque mountain ridges in all of New Jersey.

Trail Uses:Hiking
Dogs:Dogs on leash
Trail Miles:8.5 miles
Park Acreage:2001 acres
City/County/
State:
Hewitt/Passaic/NJ
Buy Trail Map:North Jersey Trails Map
Buy Book:Hiking the Jersey Highlands - Illustrated Guide

Park Description:

The 2,000-acre Abram S. Hewitt State Forest encompasses a section of the Bearfort Ridge between Greenwood Lake and Upper Greenwood Lake, north of Warwick Turnpike. Bearfort Ridge, formed of the unusual Schunemunk conglomerate or "puddingstone," is an anomaly in the midst of the Highlands. With its many overlooks, colorful bedrock, and stunted pitch pines, it is one of the most picturesque mountain ridges in all of New Jersey. The challenge: conglomerate is hard and does not erode easily, so all of the trails "climb steeply" in places.

See also Wawayanda State Park for a description of the Terrace Pond area which is geologically similar to and is located south of the Abram S. Hewitt State Forest.

Trails Overview:

The forest is isolated and accessible only on foot. It has four major trails: the Bearfort Ridge [3.0 miles; white], Ernest Walter [1.9 miles; yellow], Quail [2.4 miles; orange] and State Line [1.2 miles; blue on white] trails. A popular 6.0-mile loop hike utilizes the first three of these trails. In addition, the Appalachian Trail [white] traverses the northwest corner of the forest and leads into New York State. These trails are often combined to create interesting and scenic loop hikes

Directions:
  • Southern end of the state forest: There are two close-by parking spots, each with a few roadside spaces. Take Greenwood Lake Turnpike [County 511] west to Greenwood Lake. Where the road becomes the Warwick Turnpike, the first parking area is on the right, 0.3 mile west of the intersection with Union Valley Road [County Rd 513]. This area serves the Bearfort Ridge [white] and Quail [orange] trails. The second parking area is about 0.3 mile further, and serves the Terrace Pond North Trail [blue].
  • Northeastern end of the state forest: Take Greenwood Lake Turnpike [County 511] west to Greenwood Lake, turn right on Lakeside Road [which continues as County 511] to Greenwood Lake Marina at the state line -- parking across street from the marina. From this point the 1.2-mile, very steep State Line Trail [blue on white] terminates at the Appalachian Trail.
  • Public transportation: NJ Transit Bus #197 to Warwick Turnpike and Union Valley Road, or the Greenwood Lake Marina. Check bus schedule because the stops depend on the bus route for a particular time slot [not every one goes up Greenwood Lake].
Contact Information:Abram S. Hewitt State Forest
973-853-4462
Region:Bearfort Ridge and Wawayanda
Fees:None