Apshawa Preserve


Apshawa Preserve. Photo by Daniel Chazin.


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Park Overview:

The rugged 576-acre Apshawa Preserve offers a diversity of Highlands habitats.  It features four blazed loop trails, additional connector trails and the 40-acre Butler Reservoir.

Trail Uses:Hiking, Mountain biking, Bridle path
Dogs:Dogs on leash
Trail Miles:5.5 miles
Park Acreage:576 acres
West Milford/Passaic/NJ
Buy Trail Map:Jersey Highlands: Central North Region Trails Map
Web Map:New Jersey Conservation Foundation trail map
Buy Book:Hiking the Jersey Highlands - Illustrated Guide

Park Description:

The Apshawa Preserve is a cooperative project of the New Jersey Conservation Foundation and the County of Passaic. This rugged 576-acre preserve offers a diversity of Highlands habitats, including mixed hardwood forest dominated by oak and sugar maple; the 40-acre Butler Reservoir, a scenic attraction for hikers and birdwatchers; and the Apshawa Brook, which flows through the preserve to the Pequannock River.

Trails Overview:

The preserve has four blazed loop trails totaling just less than five miles plus four blazed connector trails and a perimeter woods road.

  • Alert, December, 2015: The 0.5-mile Yellow (loop) Trail is closed for the foreseeable future due to beaver activity that has raised the pond level to trail level.

At the northern end of the parking area is the trailhead for the Blue Trail. Follow this trail as it enters the forest on a woods road, then continues on a footpath. Several other trails will branch off along the way to Butler Reservoir. Several loop hikes are possible.

For a trail map, including the location of the parking area, use the Web Map link above.

Click to find detailed descriptions of hikes in the Preserve


Take I-287 to Exit 53 (Bloomingdale) and turn left onto Hamburg Turnpike. As you enter Bloomingdale, the name of the road changes to Main Street. After 1.3 miles (from Route 287), you'll reach a fork; bear right, but at the next fork (in another 0.1 mile), bear left to continue on the same road, which is once again Hamburg Turnpike. Follow it for another 1.3 miles, then turn right onto Macopin Road. In 1.9 miles, turn left onto Northwood Drive. After 500 feet, turn right into the parking area for the Apshawa Preserve.

Blue Trailhead GPS Coordinates: 41.025208,-74.374223


Contact Information:New Jersey Conservation Foundation

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Apshawa Preserve Deer Fence

The New Jersey Conservation Foundation advised that the Deer Fence constructed in November, 2010 will have gates at all trail intersections.