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Ramapo Valley County Reservation
|Park Overview:|| |
Stroll around Scarlet Oak Pond or to MacMillan Reservoir – a popular walk with dogs on leashes. Plenty of challenging trails on the eastern side of the Ramapo Mountains.
|Trail Uses:||Hiking, Handicapped|
|Dogs:||Dogs on leash|
|Trail Miles:||19.7 miles|
|Park Acreage:||3313 acres|
|Buy Trail Map:||North Jersey Trails Map|
Trail Conference volunteers maintain trails in this park.
|Park Description:|| |
"The Ramapo Reservation," located in Mahwah, is a 3,313-acre Bergen County Park. Challenging hiking is possible, but areas closest to the parking lot are primarily used for strolling, especially with one or more dogs. Most 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). If you come at off-peak times, occasionally you may see Giants football players jogging up to the Reservoir during training season. A short but strenuous hike to Hawk Rock via the Halifax Trail (green blaze) results in a picture-book panorama of suburban New Jersey, including Ramapo College.
For the hiker, the Reservation's 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. Outside of the commonly used strolling areas, the Reservation has been left in its natural wild state, and is mostly hilly, forming part of the eastern tier of the Ramapos.
Fishing is permitted with a valid NJ fishing license. Tent camping is allowed by permit only (201-327-3500).
|Trails Overview:|| |
The Reservation offers ten marked trails, the longest is the newest -- dedicated on National Trails Day in 2002: The Schuber Trail is 6.5 miles long and links the Reservation to Camp Glen Gray and beyond to its southern terminus at Skyline Drive.
Individual trails range from 0.3 to 6.5 miles. Click here for descriptions of several specific hikes, scroll down the "Park" column to Ramapo Valley County Reservation.
MAPS: Detailed trail maps are available for purchase from the Trail Conference (click link for North Jersey Trails at top). A simplified trail map can be downloaded by clicking 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; only on a near-perfect Sunday afternoon or special holiday will spots be scarce.
Short Line offers bus service from Port Authority Bus Terminal in New York City to Ramapo College, which is located about a mile to the north of the park entrance on Route 202. For schedule information, go to www.shortlinebus.com. Only limited service is available on weekends.
|Contact Information:||Bergen County Department of Parks |