Know the New Hiking How-tos
Pyramid Mountain Natural Historic Area
- Visitor Center -- GPS Coordinates: 40.946693, -74.388921
- From I-287 North: Take Exit 45 (Wootton Street). Proceed to the stop sign and turn left onto Wootton Street. Pass under the highway. Go through the light and up the hill to the 4-way stop sign. Turn right onto Boonton Avenue (County Road 511). After approximately 2¾ miles, turn left into Pyramid Mountain entrance.
- From I-287 South: Take Exit 47 (Montville/Lincoln Park) and turn left at the bottom of the ramp onto Main Road (Route 202). In 0.6 mile, just before reaching a fire station, turn right onto Taylortown Road and continue for 1.8 miles to Boonton Avenue (County Route 511). Turn right and continue for 0.7 mile to the entrance to the Pyramid Mountain County Park Natural Historic Area, on the left, opposite Mars Park.
- From Route 23 traveling north: In Butler, take Boonton Avenue [County Road 511 South]. Follow 4.4 miles past Taylortown Reservoir on your right. Turn right into Pyramid Mountain entrance.
- Public transportation: NJ Transit bus #194 to the Meadtown Shopping Center [NJ 23 & Kinnelon Road in Butler]. To walk to Butler-Montville Trail [blue] proceed south for 0.1 mile on Kinnelon Road, then continue on Kakeout Road for 0.6 mile to Bubbling Brook Road.
NJ Transit bus #194 to the Meadtown Shopping Center [NJ 23 & Kinnelon Road in Butler]. To walk to Butler-Montville Trail [blue] proceed south for 0.1 mile on Kinnelon Road, then continue on Kakeout Road for 0.6 mile to Bubbling Brook Road.
The area features unusual glacial erratics, dramatic rock outcrops, extensive wetlands, waterfalls, and several scenic overlooks – including views of the Manhattan skyline. How about Tripod Rock, a 160-ton boulder resting atop three smaller boulders?
The nearly 30 miles of marked trails provide opportunities to experience expansive views from flat-topped ridges, visit glacial erratics, see waterfalls and observe wetlands. The Visitors Center is a starting point for loop hikes. There are more than a dozen trails in Pyramid Mountain and [just across Boonton Ave, County 511] in Turkey Mountain, ranging from 0.7 to 7.3 miles. Several new trails were added to the park in 2008/09, including a 1.2-mile white-blazed trail, plus a black-dot trail and yellow-blazed trail, with a combined length of 2.8 miles. The longer of these two runs from Powerville Road in Boonton Township to Bear Rock at Pyramid Mountain.
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Pyramid Mountain Natural Historic Area encompasses Pyramid and Turkey mountains in Kinnelon, Boonton and Montville. Its features include unusual glacial erratics, dramatic rock outcrops, extensive wetlands and waterfalls. The two most remarkable erratics in the area are Bear Rock, one of the largest in the state, and Tripod Rock, a 160-ton boulder perched atop three smaller boulders.