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Garret Mountain Reservation
|Park Overview:|| |
Situated 500 feet above sea level on Garret Mountain, the park offers several overlooks with panoramic views of northern New Jersey and New York City.
|Trail Uses:||Hiking, Bridle path, X-C skiing|
|Dogs:||Dogs on leash|
|Trail Miles:||8 miles|
|Park Acreage:||568 acres|
|Woodland Park, |
|Web Map:||Friends of Garret Mountain Trail Map|
|Park Description:|| |
Garret Mountain, located in Paterson and Woodland Park [formerly West Paterson], is divided into two separate Passaic County parks: Garret Mountain Reservation to the north and Rifle Camp Park to the south.
The 568-acre Garret Mountain Reservation includes Lambert Castle built in 1893 by a wealthy silk manufacturer. Many workers believed Catholina Lambert built it high up on the mountain to watch over his mills below. The main portion of the park - on the ridge top above the castle - is encircled by a paved drive and has a variety of developed recreational facilities, but it also features two trails that traverse lesser-used areas and offer several panoramic overlooks. The New York City skyline can be seen from several overlooks along the Yellow Trail.
Special note: this area is especially rich in labor and industrial history. A fabulous day or two can be spent by combining visits to:
The Passaic County Historical Society provides further information about these sites [for Botto House follow the link "Local Museums"]
The Reservation features two major blazed trails.
In addition, a connector trail consisting largely of paved roads [also yellow blaze; 0.7 mile] links Garret Mountain Reservation with Rifle Camp Park. A revised trail without the road walk is being negotiated .
Blazed trails in the park range from 0.7 to 3.1 miles, and when combined total 8 plus miles. Other unblazed major trails and minor trails add to the total. Use "Web Map" link at the left of the photo above for a trail map.
To Lambert Castle parking area:
Two other entrances lead to numerous parking areas at the top of Garret Mountain. Click on Contact Information below, then follow the Directions tab.
|Contact Information:||Passaic County Parks Department |