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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|
|Web Map:||Trail map (prepared by the Trail Conference)|
Trail Conference volunteers maintain trails in this park.
|Park Description:|| |
Trail Alert: Several trail improvements, which aim to make the trails easier to follow, are in progress throughout Ramapo Valley County Reservation. The improvements will include changing blaze colors and creating new trails.
"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). In 2015 a picturesque loop trail (pink blaze) was completed around the reservoir.
Fishing is permitted with a valid NJ fishing license. Tent camping is allowed by permit only (201-327-3500).
|Trails Overview:|| |
The Reservation offers more than a dozen marked trails, which range from 0.3 to 3.5 miles within park boundaries. A short but strenuous hike to Hawk Rock via the Halifax Trail (green blaze) leads to a picture-book panorama of suburban New Jersey, including Ramapo College and Lake Henry.
Several of 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. One example is the Schuber Trail (6.5 miles; Orange) which passes through Camp Glen Gray to its southern terminus at Skyline Drive.
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.
Use the Web Map link above for a trail map, which includes an insert locating the new NYNJTC headquarters.
Click here for detailed descriptions of hikes in the Reservation.
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 |