Know the New Hiking How-tos
Take I-287 to Exit 53 (Bloomingdale) and turn left onto Hamburg Turnpike. As you enter Bloomingdale, the name of the road changes to Main Street. After 1.3 miles (from Route 287), you'll reach a fork; bear right, but at the next fork (in another 0.1 mile), bear left to continue on the same road, which is once again Hamburg Turnpike. Follow it for another 1.3 miles, then turn right onto Macopin Road. In 1.9 miles, turn left onto Northwood Drive. After 500 feet, turn right into the parking area for the Apshawa Preserve.
Blue Trailhead GPS Coordinates: 41.025208,-74.374223
The rugged 576-acre Apshawa Preserve offers a diversity of Highlands habitats. It features four blazed loop trails, additional connector trails and the 40-acre Butler Reservoir.
The preserve has four blazed loop trails totaling just less than five miles plus four blazed connector trails and a perimeter woods road.
At the northern end of the parking area is the trailhead for the Blue Trail. Follow this trail as it enters the forest on a woods road, then continues on a footpath. Several other trails will branch off along the way to Butler Reservoir. Several loop hikes are possible.
For a trail map, including the location of the parking area, use the Web Map link on this site.
Click to find detailed descriptions of hikes in the Preserve
The Apshawa Preserve is a cooperative project of the New Jersey Conservation Foundation and the County of Passaic. This rugged 576-acre preserve offers a diversity of Highlands habitats, including mixed hardwood forest dominated by oak and sugar maple; the 40-acre Butler Reservoir, a scenic attraction for hikers and birdwatchers; and the Apshawa Brook, which flows through the preserve to the Pequannock River.