Know the New Hiking How-tos
Rockleigh Woods Sanctuary
Take the Palisades Interstate Parkway to Exit 4. Turn left at the bottom of the ramp onto Route 9W (if coming from the north, turn right onto Route 9W) and proceed for 1.1 miles, entering New York. At the next traffic light, turn left onto Oak Tree Road and, in 0.2 mile, turn left onto Closter Road. In 0.5 mile, after crossing under the Parkway, you reenter New Jersey, and the road becomes Rockleigh Road. Continue for another 0.2 mile to the Rockleigh Municipal Building (26 Rockleigh Road) and turn left into the driveway. Park in the rear of the building. GPS Coordinates: 41.003805, -73.925389
With the contiguous Lamont Preserve, Rockleigh Woods offers the public more than 200 wooded acres and 4.5 miles of trails.
Trails at Rockleigh Woods Sanctuary and the adjacent Lamont Reserve comprise a network of about 4.5 miles that includes former farm and logging roads as well as footpaths. Difficulty ranges from an easy walk around Sneden Ice Pond to a steep climb along Roaring Brook or Lamont Rock. The trail system, consisting of 5 blazed trails, is described as approximating 'circles within circles.' Various combinations of hikes are possible. All start at Rockleigh Borough Hall, where parking is available.
Use the Web Map link on this site to view a trail map of both parks. Although contiguous, there are no trails connecting to the Palisades Interstate Park -- NJ Section.
Click for detailed descriptions of hikes in the adjoined parks.
Bicylces are allowed in the Rockleigh Woods (blue Hutcheon Trail and western half of the yellow Sneden-Haring-Lamont Trail).
Rockleigh Woods Sanctuary comprises 84 beautifully wooded acres, three streams, and several wetlands. Once owned by the New York Boy Scout Council, Rockleigh Borough purchased the land in 1975. It is contiguous with the Lamont Reserve.