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Mahwah Township Park
|Park Overview:|| |
A Green Acres site with two short trails on either side of a Mahwah watershed lake
|Trail Uses:||Hiking, Bridle path|
|Dogs:||Dogs on leash|
|Trail Miles:||2 miles|
|Buy Trail Map:||North Jersey Trails Map|
|Park Description:|| |
The Ramapo River parallels Route 202 in Mahwah and along the way feeds several lakes around which parks have been established. The best known is Scarlet Oak Pond in the Ramapo Valley County Reservation. A little to the north, going up river -- and just beyond the Darlington Schoolhouse where the Trail Conference will someday relocate its main office -- is Lake Henry at Continental Soldiers Field. The third and northern most park in this series, and virtually unknown, is a nameless lake in Mahwah Township Park. Its entrance is not very welcoming, with a wide chain-link fence prohibiting the entrance of vehicles and a sign warning “Mahwah Watershed, Keep Out.” There are also no park amenities such as benches or tables. But inside is a Green Acres site with plenty of solitude and a great place for birding.
|Trails Overview:|| |
There are two short un-marked trails on either side of the lake; wetlands prohibit a loop hike around the lake. Be aware of and give way to horses on the trails. Although prohibited, ATVs can be encountered on the entrance and gravel roads.
Near where Route 17 merges with I-287, take Stag Hill Road which leads south. This is a tricky intersection, especially traveling south on Route 17 where it is the first exit (just before a truck stop) after Route 17 south divides from I-287 south. If traveling north on Route 17, take the exit to the Sheraton Hotel, but follow signs to a bridge back over Route 17 to Stag Hill Road.
About one-half mile from Route 17 is an ample parking area on the left hand side of Stag Hill Road, see Map Tab above.
|Contact Information:||Township of Mahwah, Recreation Department |