Farny Highlands Cluster


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Park Overview:

Admire the waterscapes and landscapes of a rugged 35,000-acre cluster of six parks and wildlife areas. Glacial erratics and extensive boulder fields are common.

Trail Uses:Hiking, X-C skiing
Trail Miles:
Park Acreage:35000 acres
Buy Book:Hiking the Jersey Highlands - Illustrated Guide

Park Description:

Between I-80 and NJ 23 in north central New Jersey lie 35,000 acres of rugged land known as the Farny Highlands.  No other area in north Jersey has the large continuous forests needed to preserve populations of endangered hawks, owls, and increasingly rare songbirds.  Headwater streams flow through the area to reach, ultimately, the Passaic, Delaware, and Hudson river basins.  In the process they not only supply drinking water to one-third of New Jersey residents, but also make the region a waterscape and a forested, mountainous landscape.

Glacial erratics and extensive boulder fields are common.  Relics of the iron mining and smelting industry dot the area

About two-thirds of the area is public open space, including the following parkland:

Trails Overview:

p> Use links above to individual parks within the Farny Highlands cluster

Contact Information:
Region:Morris County

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Split Rock Road and Dam

The water company has begun work on the Split Rock Dam.  Therefore, Split Rock Road is open on the east side only as far as the Fish and Wildlife parking lot.   The dam cannot be crossed.   Split Rock Road is closed on the west side, just beyond the houses.  There is no parking at all on the west side of the dam.  We are attempting to gain permission for parking at the Four Birds Trail crossing.


As of April 2015 Split Road is still closed.  To access the fishing access parking lot, you must enter from the East.  There are detour signs on Green Pond Road to go around.  There is absolutely no parking along Split Rock Rd.  You cannot walk across the dam - so only trail is Split Rock Loop (blue).   Suggestion to park on Timberbrook Rd outside of Camp Winnebago (north end of the Reservoir) and plan a loop hike from there. 

The Highlands Trail


Visit The Highlands Trail website for complete, accurate and up-to-date information about New Jersey's Millenium Trail, including trail descriptions, current trail conditions and maps.

Click here to go directly to information about the Highlands Trail in the Farny Highlands Sub-Region.