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Ramapo Valley County Reservation
|Park Overview:|| |
Newly completed (2016) is a network of five loop-trails, all beginning within a 2-mile radius of the Reservation’s parking lot. One of them, the Vista Loop Trail, includes three panoramic views from Hawk Rock, Cactus Ledge, and Ridge Overlook.
|Trail Uses:||Hiking, X-C skiing, Handicapped|
|Dogs:||Dogs on leash|
|Trail Miles:||21 miles|
|Park Acreage:||4290 acres|
|Buy Trail Map:||North Jersey Trails Map|
|Web Map:||Trail map (prepared by the Trail Conference)|
Trail Conference volunteers maintain trails in this park.
|Park Description:|| |
Trail Alert: During the summer of 2016 volunteers of the NY-NJ Trail Conference, in cooperation with the Bergen County Department of Parks, designed and completed a project to create a new network of loop trails making trails easier to follow and the hiking experience more rewarding. The project involved re-blazing 6 miles of existing trails and constructing 1.2 miles of new trails.
“The Reservation,” located in Mahwah, is a popular Bergen County Park. Many visitors walk around Scarlet Oak Pond, a former gravel quarry, or climb on a wide, smooth-surface road to MacMillan Reservoir (which once supplied the Crocker Mansion on the far side of Ramapo Valley Road). It is a favorite of dog owners who exercise their pets.
The Reservation also offers challenging hiking. Outside the commonly used core area the parkland has been left in its natural -- mostly hilly -- wild state, forming part of the eastern tier of the Ramapo Mountains. Several of its trails connect with those in Ringwood State Park to the west, Ramapo Mountain State Forest to the southwest, and Camp Glen Gray to the south, making possible a wide variety of rugged day-long hikes. One example, the Schuber Trail (orange; 4.7 miles + 1.8 miles from parking lot) passes through Camp Glen Gray then on to its southern terminus at Skyline Drive.
Ramapo Reservation’s newest feature, the revamped trail system, is detailed below.
Fishing is permitted with a valid NJ fishing license. Tent camping is allowed by permit only (201-327-3500).
|Trails Overview:|| |
The newly configured loop trails are:
Beyond the Reservation’s “core” recreation area around Scarlet Oak Pond/ MacMillan Reservoir is an extended network of trails both within the park and connecting to other public lands. Use Web Map link near top of page. To view full descriptions of hikes in the Reservation, nearly all completed before the recent changes, click here.
The park entrance is on Ramapo Valley Road (US 202) in Mahwah, just south of its intersection with Darlington Avenue and about two miles south of NJ 17. Parking is rarely a problem during the week. By mid-day on weekends with good weather waiting may be required for a parking spot to open. Parking at a near-by church lot on Darlington Avenue is prohibited for hikers, as well as the small lot at the Trail Conference Darlington Schoolhouse Headquarters.
Short Line offers bus service from Port Authority Bus Terminal in New York City to Ramapo College, which is located about a half-mile north of the park entrance on Route 202. For schedule information, go to www.shortlinebus.com (use "Mahwah" for destination, click, then select "Ramapo College" ). Only limited service is available on weekends.
|Contact Information:||Bergen County Department of Parks |