Ramapo Mountains Region


The Ramapo Mountains - the easternmost part of the New Jersey Highlands - form a striking escarpment along the northwest border of Bergen County. Although their elevations exceed 1,000 feet in only a few locations, the gain in elevation from the Ramapo River below is quite substantial. 

The proximity of these mountains - which are traversed by a dense network of trails - to the highly developed areas of Bergen and Passaic counties makes them a favorite destination of hikers. Most of the land in the Ramapos is now in public ownership, although divided between several state, county, and township parks.

Parks and preserves in this region include:

MacMillan Reservoir in Ramapo Valley County Reservation (photo by D. Chazin)

102 miles of trails are maintained by 45 Trail Conference volunteers and member groups.

Find descriptions of great hikes in this region: click here.