Shepherd Lake/Mount Defiance/Skylands Manor Loop from...

Ringwood State Park

View of Skylands Manor from the Ringwood-Ramapo Trail - Shepherd Lake - Photo by Daniel Chazin View of Skylands Manor from the Ringwood-Ramapo Trail - Shepherd Lake - Photo by Daniel Chazin Stone eagles that previously adorned Penn Station in New York now sit at Ringwood State Park. Photo by Daniel Chazin. Stone eagles that previously adorned Penn Station in New York now sit at Ringwood State Park. Photo by Daniel Chazin. Ringwood State Park, Shepherd Lake. Photo by Daniel Chazin. Ringwood State Park, Shepherd Lake. Photo by Daniel Chazin.

This loop hike runs along Shepherd Lake, climbs to several viewpoints on Mount Defiance and traverses the historic Skylands Manor area.

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Shepherd Lake/Mount Defiance/Skylands Manor Loop from Ringwood Manor

To get started on the Shepherd Lake/Mount Defiance/Skylands Manor Loop, proceed ahead, passing through an opening in a stone wall by a “Do Not Enter” sign. Immediately turn right, crossing a grassy area. Continue across an old concrete bridge over the Ringwood River (this was the original entrance to the Ringwood...

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Trip Reports

rate experience
September 12, 2016
0
Good Hike
This was a pretty good hike, nice and long and passes through interesting areas. It took us a while to find the trail heads, which are literally those first two bridges visible from the parking area. The second bridge is still out (seriously? it's been 6 years!!) but can be easily gotten around by crossing a small creek, there are plenty of rocks to step on, or you can take your shoes off and cross, it is only 3 feet deep.   The trail seemed like it hadn't been hiked by anybody in along time, lots of spider webs across the pathways and in parts was almost overgrown. It was still well marked. The views were really nice. Like another commenter said, you can definitely hear the skeet shooting through most of it, at least on a satruday afternoon. I would recommend this hike, but bring lots of bug spray and watch out for the muddy swampy areas. I may have fallen on my butt once or twice :)   Also wanted to add that the coordinates above took us to a random house 15 minutes away from Ringwood Manor. I would just use "Ringwood Manor" in your GPS and then follow signs to Parking Lot B where the trailheads are.
notlepats
November 08, 2015
0
Bridge
By any chance do you know if the bridge has been replaced now?
SweetAzn
July 29, 2013
0
hike update
We did this hike yesterday, even though the trail is officially closed due to the pipeline construction.  Once the trail is open again, I suspect it will get some TLC from the volunteers, though the trail markings were pretty good.  The second wooden bridge at the trailhead is blocked, but can be used by a determined hiker.  I also want to note, the trail blazes once you reach Skylands Manor/Park, are correct.  You should bear right and past the Welcome Booth in order to see the concrete eagles, and pick up the trail back to RIngwood.  We had to ask a Park police officer, and at the Welcome Booth, as we could not find the eagles and were wandering around for 30-45 mins.
wkmaier
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