Skyline Preserve


Van Nostrand Lake (photo by Daniela Wagstaff)


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Park Overview:

This 100-acre preserve, located in the mountainous heart of the New Jersey Highlands, has a scenic lake and views of the New York City skyline

Trail Uses:Hiking
Trail Miles:2 miles
Park Acreage:100 acres
West Milford/Passaic/NJ
Buy Trail Map:Jersey Highlands: Central North Region Trails Map
Park Description:

Protected in 2006, the Preserve is a link in the greenway between Norvin Green State Forest to the east and protected Newark Watershed lands to the west, including the close by Apshawa Preserve.  Its rugged terrain offers a diversity of Highlands habitats, including mixed hardwood forest dominated by oak and sugar maple.  

Trails Overview:

The Preserve has a two-mile blazed trail and two scenic overlooks, including the one at Table Rock offering a vista of the Manhattan skyline. It also has only two off-road parking spots. See “Directions” below for finding the trailhead once parked.

For a detailed description of a hike, click on “Find a Hike” and scroll down to the name of this park.


To the parking pull-out: I-287 to exit 53 for County Rd 511/Paterson-Hamburg Turnpike.  Turn left at the end of exit ramp onto Paterson-Hamburg Turnpike which becomes Main Street.  At the fork, veer right on Glenwild Ave/Passaic County 700.  In 3.8 miles turn left on Weaver Road.  Pull out parking for 2 cars will be on right side of road in 1/2 mile just before the stone bridge.

To the trail head: From the parking pull out, walk west on Weaver Road over the stone bridge and continue for .2 mile.  Just before a black mailbox with number 139 turn left at the “Trail Access” sign beyond which are the three yellow markers indicating the beginning of the yellow-blazed trail through Skyline Preserve.  Proceed through a ditch then past a wrecked car.  Cross over a small stream on logs.

Contact Information:New Jersey Conservation Foundation