Campgaw Mountain County Reservation

Photo

View from ski slope in early Fall (photo by Daniel Chazin)

Map


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Park Overview:

Hiking trails go up and down the sides of a ski slope. Great views of Bergen County facing east.

Trail Uses:Hiking, X-C skiing
Dogs:Dogs on leash
Trail Miles:10 miles
Park Acreage:1300 acres
City/County/
State:
Mahwah/Bergen/NJ
Buy Trail Map:North Jersey Trails Map
Web Map:Trail map in black and white
Buy Book:Hiking the Jersey Highlands - Illustrated Guide

Trail Conference volunteers maintain trails in this park.
Park Description:

Located in Mahwah, the 1,300-acre Campgaw Mountain County Reservation draws by far the most visitors during downhill skiing season. It has a lift and snow-making equipment.  The Reservation also offers hiking, horseback riding, picnicking, archery and camping (by permit only).  It is one of only two parks in Northern New Jersey to offer DISC golf -- a very challenging course taking the player up and down the ski slope one or three times depending on the seasonal configuration.   

Trails Overview:

Campgaw offers a complex network of nine marked trails in a rather compact area; a trail map looks like a clinched fist with a thumb sticking out. The flat trails at the base of Campgaw Mountain are ideal for those looking for a short, easy hike, and they can be combined with those that lead to the viewpoint at the summit of the mountain for a longer, more challenging hike. Individual trails range from 0.3 to 3.0 miles; nearly all are under a mile.

Horses are not permitted on hiking trails, bicycles are also not permitted on any trails in the reservation.  Not a very good place for cross-country skiing even though it is permitted.

Click for detailed descriptions of hikes in the park.

Directions:

Directions: Ramapo Valley Road (US 202) to Darlington Avenue, proceed east on Darlington Avenue for 0.3 mile onto Campgaw Road and continue to the park entrance road which is on the right [200 Campgaw Road]. With multiple large parking areas, parking is never a problem.

Contact Information:Bergen County Parks Department
201-336-7275
Region:Ramapo Mountains
Fees:None

Comment: Please be relevant, civil, non-commercial.

Traffic Alert

Traffic Alert from the County of Bergen:   On or about March 31, 2014, Campgaw Road will be closed for construction north of the Darlington Golf Course entrance. All traffic must approach from the south. The construction north of the entrance is estimated to take three weeks to a month, when the construction will then commence to south of the entrance.   Please allow ample travel time. 

There is no construction activity on weekends and no detours required.

Update as of April 14:  The construction project along Campgaw Road has now moved south of Campgaw Mountain County Reservation entrance.  Although the road is closed for through traffic, it is now possible to access the Reservation from the north --  traffic is however blocked approaching from the south.