Trail Changes Underway in Norvin Green and Long Pond Ironworks
The Trail Conference is working with NJDEP staff to reblaze trails in Norvin Green State Forest and Long Pond Ironworks State Park to create a more user-friendly "loop trail" system.
Following the successful reduction in lost hikers since reblazing portions of Ramapo Valley County Reservation last year, the Trail Conference has begun work with the New Jersey Department of Environmental Protection (NJDEP) staff to implement similar "loop trail" changes in portions of Norvin Green State Forest and Long Pond Ironworks State Park. These changes are simple changes in blaze color—no new trails are being constructed—and the long-distance trails such as the Highlands Trail and the Hewitt-Butler Trail are remaining untouched. The hope is that these changes will enable casual hikers to comfortably enjoy this beautiful area with less confusion. View larger maps of the existing and revised trail system here.
Signs have been posted at all trailheads in the affected area, and we ask that you pay extra attention in the coming weeks as our volunteers work to complete the revisions as quickly as possible. All changes should be completed by the end of May to coincide with the launch of our revised North Jersey map set for the area.
If you're interested in helping with trail maintenance and updates in these parks, we'd love to have you join us in improving the trail experience! Email [email protected] to get involved.