Tranquility Ridge County Park

Park Overview:

Tranquility Ridge County Park [NJ] is deeply forested woodland that was originally part of a Sterling Forest [NY] Corporation's tract.

Trail Uses:Hiking
Dogs:Dogs on leash
Trail Miles:4 miles
Park Acreage:2110 acres
City/County/
State:
West Milford/Passaic/NJ
Buy Trail Map:North Jersey Trails Map
Web Map:NJ State Park Service map for part of the park
Trail Conference volunteers maintain trails in this park.
Park Description:

The Hasenclever Iron Trail [yellow blaze] traverses Tranquility Ridge, roughly following an old, deteriorating woods road that connected two ironworking operations, Long Pond and Ringwood.  In addition, the Monks Connector links the Monks Trail with the Hasenclever Iron Trail.

The Hasenclever Iron Trail is claimed to be the first historical interpretive trail in Northern New Jersey.  National park-type photo-signs have been installed at many of the thirteen numbered marking points along the trail.

Alerts [Updated March, 2014]:

  • Hiking towards Ringwood Manor: The Hasenclever Iron Trail is closed for a quarter-mile section about four miles in at Peter's Mine - it is a Superfund clean-up site -- before reaching Ringwood Manor.  There is no marked detour.
  • Hiking towards the Wanaque River:  The footbridge over the Wanaque River at Long Pond Ironworks was washed away by Hurricane Irene in August 2011. The missing Highlands Trail Bridge cuts off three trails--Highlands, Sterling Ridge, and Hasenclever Iron.  In the absence of this footbridge, the Sterling Ridge Trail cannot be accessed from Long Pond Ironworks. Detours are circuitous, and a rough crossing of the river is strongly discouraged. The bridge will not be replaced until funding, siting, and bridge design are all in place.  For updated footbridge advisories, check the Long Pond Ironworks State Park's  official NJ DEP web page.    
Trails Overview:

In addition to the aforementioned blazed trails, the park includes unmarked woods roads, making loop hikes possible.  Many of these roads are displayed on Map 115 published by the Trail Conference [see Buy Map link above]

Direct access to the park can be had from a dirt parking area at the north/gate end of paved Beech Road on the Ringwood/ West Milford border. Otherwise, park at the boat launch area along Beech Road and walk north through the gate.

 

 

Directions:

From I-287 South take Exit 57 turning right to Skyline Drive [County Route 692].  From I-287 North, take Exit 57, turn left on W. Oakland Avenue, which becomes Skyline Drive.  When it terminates at Greenwood Lake Turnpike [County Route 511], turn right to find Beech Street in the vicinity of Monksville Reservoir.

Approximate GPS coordinates:  41.142225,-74.300162.

In the Location Tab click to enlarge the map, then select the blue parking area balloon identified as “Parking - Beach Road north to Yellow trail” [it is at the top of the list on the left hand side of the page].  Otherwise use an online map service by entering “Beech Road, West Milford, NJ.”

Contact Information:Passaic County Department of Parks and Recreation
9738814832
Region:Wyanokies
Fees:None