Lamont Reserve

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Park Overview:

With the contiguous Rockleigh Woods Sanctuary, Lamont Reserve offers the public more than 200 wooded acres and 4.5 miles of trails adjacent to Palisades State Park.

Trail Uses:Hiking, Bridle path, X-C skiing
Dogs:Dogs on leash
Trail Miles:2.5 miles
Park Acreage:134 acres
City/County/
State:
Alpine Borough/Bergen/NJ
Buy Trail Map:Hudson Palisades Trails Map
Trail Conference volunteers maintain trails in this park.
Park Description:

Lamont Reserve covers 134 wooded acres adjacent to Palisades State Park. Some remaining stone walls, well, cisterns, and old lanes testify to former occupation and logging on the site.

A significant historical note is the existence of a community of freed black slaves on the property in the 19th and early 20th centuries. Called the Skunk Hollow Community, a track to it from Rockleigh persists as a hiking trail.

The land was purchased in the early 20th century by the Lamont family, then donated in the middle of the century by them to the New York Boy Scout Council, which established Camp Alpine. In 1996, the Boys Scouts sold the land to Rockleigh Borough, Alpine Borough, and Bergen County, which now jointly administer the property, now known as the Lamont Reserve.

Some of the old logging roads have been incorporated as hiking trails. Classified natural habitat parkland, with the exception of a few hiking trails, the tract continues unimproved as "passive use open space" under New Jersey's Green Acres program.

Trails Overview:

Trails at Lamont Reserve and the adjacent Rockleigh Woods Sanctuary comprise a network of about 4.5 miles that includes former farm and logging roads as well as footpaths. Difficulty ranges from an easy walk around Sneden Ice Pond to a steep climb along Roaring Brook or to Lamont Rock.

The trail system is described as approximating 'circles within circles.' Various combinations of hikes are possible. All start at Rockleigh Borough Hall, where parking is available. A Trail Conference trail map snippet can be found online; a full updated map set is available for purchase using the Buy Trail Map link near the top of the page.  The trail descriptions and trail map provided by the Lamont Reserve and Rockleigh Woods Sanctuary (Contact Information below) have not been updated recently.

Directions:

Take the Palisades Interstate Parkway to Exit 4. Turn left at the bottom of the ramp onto Route 9W (if coming from the north, turn right onto Route 9W) and proceed for 1.1 miles, entering New York. At the next traffic light, turn left onto Oak Tree Road and, in 0.2 mile, turn left onto Closter Road. In 0.5 mile, after crossing under the Parkway, you reenter New Jersey, and the road becomes Rockleigh Road. Continue for another 0.2 mile to the Rockleigh Municipal Building (26 Rockleigh Road) and turn left into the driveway. Park in the rear of the building.

Contact Information:Lamont Reserve and Rockleigh Woods Sanctuary
Region:Palisades
Fees:None