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Ramapo Mountain State Forest

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Beautiful views, cool old castle and serene lake

Love it here. Used to hike to the castle years ago but brought my sister, 12 year old son and 2... read more

Reviewed August 11, 2019
Rockaway Township, NJ
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Afternoon Hike

I've driven past the parking lots for years, and finally got together with friends for an... read more

Reviewed May 19, 2019
Dumont, New Jersey
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Reviewed August 11, 2019 via mobile

Love it here. Used to hike to the castle years ago but brought my sister, 12 year old son and 2 nephews today for a hike. We started at the lower lot and took the blue along the lake, through a beautiful property to Castle...More

Date of experience: August 2019
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Reviewed May 19, 2019 via mobile

I've driven past the parking lots for years, and finally got together with friends for an afternoon hike. From the upper lot on Skyline drive we were able to get to the Van Slyke ruins and the watertower, and back in a comfortable 3 hours....More

Date of experience: May 2019
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Reviewed December 11, 2018 via mobile

Hey N.J. is more than the turnpike and Elizabeth Places like this make you realize there is more garden in the garden state than you think Places like this need to be cherished.... there is more to nature than watching nature videos. Take someone you...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed December 11, 2018

I am fortunate to live 10 min from the reservation. We have taken our dogs for long walks here for the past 35 years. The weekends get a little crowded, sometimes parking lot is closed (FULL). if you can go mid week it is much...More

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed October 7, 2018

Beautiful and peaceful for a walk or hike. Stay long or for a quick walk and enjoy the clean air and beautiful scenery.

Date of experience: October 2018
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Reviewed October 2, 2018

My husband and I along with our son and his wife recently hiked this park. The path is pretty much uphill and very uneven. But it was a beautiful day and we enjoyed the stream and waterfall as we hiked. It lead to a Lake...More

Date of experience: September 2018
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Reviewed July 22, 2018

My girlfriend and I like to hike in Ramapo Mountain State Forest. On this particular occasion the parking lot we usually walk from was packed, not a spot to be found. My girlfriend called a friend of hers and asked if there were any other...More

Date of experience: July 2018
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Reviewed March 8, 2018

Great hiking area for all levels of hikers. Mostly fairly easy terrain, trails, etc. There are some challenging spots. On nice weather weekends the parking areas could fill up. Usually we meet/pass other friendly hikers.

Date of experience: October 2017
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Reviewed January 22, 2018

My family and I love to go hiking on any of the several trails that the Ramapo Mountain State Forest has to offer. There are easy trails that have gravel and of course more difficult trails that require alot of effort. Once you reach the...More

Date of experience: January 2018
1  Thank Stephanie T
Reviewed August 22, 2017

Bottom Line: Great hike for all levels....perfect for us as novices. Parking at lower lot fills up quickly so go early. Details: We always visit in the fall when the weather is mild. Relatively easy hike with a few mildly challenging areas. At the top...More

Date of experience: August 2017
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October 12, 2018|
Response from sradmd | Reviewed this property |
I never hike alone but I never felt threatened in Ramapo Mountain. I guess anything can happen, so it's best to make sure that someone knows your itinerary before you head out. I've been here several times and have never run... More
June 17, 2018|
Response from rwllc | Reviewed this property |
I'm thinking you mean hike alone??... I have hiked solo and felt safe..I don't worry about anything, including bears, etc. You could see one since they're there. On the weekends you'll run into/meet other friendly hikers on... More