Farny State Park


Splitrock Loop Trail with David Stolarz -- November 17, 2005 009.jpg


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Park Overview:

Located in the central portion of the Farny Highlands, Farny State Park connects watershed lands and includes a segment of the 20-mile Four Birds Trail -- so named to symbolize the biological diversity encountered along the way.

Trail Uses:Hiking, X-C skiing
Trail Miles:30 miles
Park Acreage:4866 acres
Rockaway Township/Morris/NJ
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Trail Conference volunteers maintain trails in this park.
Park Description:

This forested wilderness connects watershed lands and is crossed by an old logging road. Streams, mixed oak-hardwood forest and swamps comprise the park. Trail entry is through the Farny Natural Area. Splitrock Reservoir is adjacent to the park. 

  • In early 2015 the NJ Department of Environmental Protection’s Green Acres Program announced the purchase of 1,500 acres of pristine watershed buffer land from Jersey City, providing permanent protection to land that surrounds the city’s Split Rock Reservoir.

    The preserved tract is a greenway connector, linking the state’s Wildcat Ridge Wildlife Management Area, Farny State Park, and Buck Mountain. The land is primarily forested, with hiking trails and fishing access, and includes a wide range of plant and animal species – including threatened and endangered species.  Click for additional details.

The park is managed from the Ringwood State Park office (phone number under Contact Information).

Trails Overview:
  • "Four Birds Trail" [white; 19.4 mi] takes hikers from Hibernia through Wildcat Ridge Wildlife Management Area, Farny State Park, and Newark watershed lands to Route 23.  
    • Advisory: hiking in the Newark watershed at the northern end of this trail [Riley's Rise to NJ 23] is by permit only from the City of Newark.  See Pequannock Watershed for permit details and fee schedule.
  • "Splitrock Loop Trail" [blue; 7.8 miles] passes through the high country to the south and east of Splitrock Reservoir and completes a loop with the Four Birds Trail.  Terrain is rockier and more abrupt compared to the western side of the reservoir, and trails steeper.
  • "Timberbrook Trail" [yellow, 0.8 mile] leads from the Winnebago Scout Reservation to the Four Birds Trail near Timberbrook Pond, and where this trail connector terminates in the Pequannock Watershed [note advisory above].

Click to see detailed descriptions of hikes in this park.  For a list of all Trail Conference hikes click on "Find a Hike."



To south end of Splitrock Reservoir to access Split Rock Loop, Four Birds Trail and Wildcat Ridge areas:

  • Take I-287 to N.J. Route 23 North to Newfoundland, turn around via the U-turn system at LaRue Road to head south on Route 23.  Turn at the first right onto Green Pond Road.  Travel past Jacobs Road and Timberbrook Road.  Shortly after Timberbrook Road make a left turn onto Upper Hibernia Road, then a left onto Split Rock Road. Follow it across the Splitrock Reservoir Dam. The parking area is on the left. As of April 2010, parking along the road at this location is restricted. Park only at the designated area east of the dam; illegally parked vehicles may be ticketed.

To Timberbrook Trail trailhead: Take first left from Green Pond Road onto Jacobs Road, and then come to a T-intersection at Timberlake Road.  Turn left and drive 0.3 mile to a small parking area on the left just before the Winnebago Scout Reservation.

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Contact Information:NJ DEP, Div of Parks and Forestry
Region:Morris County

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

Orange Trail NE side of Split Rock Reservoir

The Orange Trail is currently under remedial trail work as well as blazing improvements.  We ask hikers be patient as we address this.  The Four Birds (White) Split Rock Loop (Blue) are perfectly fine to access Indian Cliffs.    Thank you for your patience.

Split Rock Road and Dam are open for traffic.

The repairs are complete and the road over the dam is now open.  They have added a traffic light at each end of the dam, makes it a lot easier to cross now.  

Look for new trails in September 2012

During the month of September 2012, two new trails -- both without formal names as yet -- will be open outside of the Camp Winnebago area.
  • A yellow-blazed trail which will travel from the Timberbrook Trail to the Split Rock Reservoir.
  • A green-blazed loop trail which will form a connector from the new yellow-blazed trail, Four Birds Trail and the Red Trail


Hikers are cautioned to not leave the trail or 'Bushwack' from the trail as it travels the West Shore of Split Rock Reservoir, particularly thru the property owned by Camp Marcella & Camp Winnebago, or any attempts to reach the Durham Road Extension. This is a long stretch of trail and you should plan accordingly, and any attempt to get off and road walk will only prolong your hike. If you become fatigued or benighted, back track and return to your starting point. "KEEP OUT " means YOU ! As always the NY-NJ Trail Conference is attempting to find routes for 'Loop' hikes, but untill we do, please stay on the trail. Thanks