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Abram Hewitt State Forest
|Park Overview:|| |
With its many overlooks, colorful bedrock, and stunted pitch pines, Abram Hewitt State Forest encompasses part of the Bearfort Ridge, one of the most picturesque mountain ridges in all of New Jersey.
|Dogs:||Dogs on leash|
|Trail Miles:||8.5 miles|
|Park Acreage:||2001 acres|
|Buy Trail Map:||North Jersey Trails Map|
|Web Map:||Trail map provided by NJ DEP|
|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 located south of 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.
Web trail map linked above. Can also purchase North Jersey Trails map set with more detailed trail information.
Click for detailed descriptions of hikes in the park
|Contact Information:||Abram S. Hewitt State Forest |
|Region:||Bearfort Ridge and Wawayanda|