Rifle Camp Park

Park Overview:

Rifle Camp Park offers diverse opportunities to walk trails and recreate outdoors. 

Trail Uses:Hiking
Dogs:No dogs
Trail Miles:5 miles
Park Acreage:225 acres
Woodland Park/Passaic/NJ
Web Map:Trail map
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Trail Conference volunteers maintain trails in this park.
Park Description:

Garret Mountain, located in Paterson and Woodland Park, is divided into two separate Passaic County parks: Garret Mountain Reservation to the north and Rifle Camp Park to the south.

Rifle Camp Park sits on the ridgeline of Garret Mountain, a section of First Watchung Mountain. It is extensively forested, containing only a few open areas. Large trap rock outcrops are abundant throughout the property. The eastern limit of the parkland consists of nearly vertical basalt cliffs that provide panoramic views of the surrounding area

Trails, bird-watching, athletic facilities, and the John Crowley Nature Center and Astronomical Observatory are among the park's diverse facilities.

The Friends of Garret Mountain serves "to help preserve, protect, and enhance the natural beauty of Garret Mountain Reservation and Rifle Camp Park."

Trails Overview:

The park has two loop trails: The yellow-blazed Rifle Camp Trail circles the park [3 miles plus] passing several panoramic viewpoints over the New York City skyline and a red-blazed Inner Loop Trail.  They intersect at several points facilitating various loop hikes; link to Web Map on this page.

It is possible to walk from Rifle Camp Park to Garret Mountain Reservation by walking road shoulders, first north along Rifle Camp Road and then east on Weasel Drift Road.  

Click for a detailed description of a hike in the park


From Interstate 80 Westbound take Exit 56 (Squirrelwood Road/ Woodland Park) and bear left at the fork. Proceed to the stop sign and make a left onto Squirrelwood Road. You will cross over Route 80. Continue straight through the traffic light and you will pass Berkeley College on your right; the road becomes Rifle Camp Road at this point.  Proceed to the yellow "deer crossing" sign,and turn left into the park. There is an official park sign, but it is hard to spot from this direction, since it faces away from drivers.

The main driveway leads to five parking areas.

Park entrance GPS Coordinates: 40.89032, -74.18766

Contact Information:Passaic County Department of Parks and Recreation