Castle Point Trail - Longer Loop

Ramapo Mountain State Forest

Ruins of the Foxcroft mansion - Photo by Daniel Chazin Ruins of the Foxcroft mansion - Photo by Daniel Chazin

This loop hike runs along the shore of Ramapo Lake and climbs to the ruins of an old stone castle and tower.

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Cross to the east side of Skyline Drive, where a triple-white blaze on a telephone pole opposite the parking area marks the start of the Todd Trail. Follow this white-blazed trail as it winds downhill on a rocky footpath and then ascends from a shallow ravine. In half a mile, the trail turns right onto a woods road. Follow the white blazes as they bear left onto another woods road, soon...

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September 03, 2018
4
Ramapo Mtn State Forest Skyline Dr-Yellow-Red-White (09/02/2018)
Beautiful lake, impressive mansion ruins, fortress-like stone water tower and majestic valley views. A little something for everyone this Labor Day weekend. Lots of hikers, kiddos, puppies and fishermen. From the parking lot there are a variety of trails to choose from so both hard core hikers and leisurely walkers can find their bliss.
erijonesie
May 10, 2017
5
Great hike and views of NYC, but blazes missing
Just did this hike today. The blazes for the Todd trail (white) have been scratched off or removed from the trail. The trail can be sort of followed but I wouldn't recommend following it for those who are easily lost. On the right and left side of skyline drive the blazes are missing. This hike can be done in sort of reverse, though. You can follow the red/white trail from the parking lot until it hits the red c trail. Take a right at the red c and follow it until it joins with the white blazed castle trail. Turn left onto the white trail and follow it until that trail meets the blue trail at the edge of the lake. Follow the blue trails until they meet with the yellow near a stone bridge. Then, take the yellow back to the parking lot. A trail map of the area can be found here: http://www.state.nj.us/dep/parksandforests/parks/maps/RamapoAreaMapFinal... Also, as a side note, the castle monument is full of litter and trash. There is a house along the blue trail that has cans for trash and recyclables. Please do your part to help clean up the park. I picked up water bottles until my backpack was full. Even if you can take just one bottle, it helps in the long run. Always remember, carry in carry out.
bromli
August 09, 2016
0
Missing blazes have been replaced
Unfortunately, during the past year, vandals have removed blazes from portions of the Todd Trail.  Thanks to the efforts of our dedicated volunteers, the missing blazes have been replaced.  As of today (August 9, 2016), it is possible to follow the entire route of this hike without any difficulty.
Daniel Chazin
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