Ramapo Mountain State Forest

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Ramapo Mountain State Forest

Ramapo Mountain State Forest
4.5
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
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8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 8:00 PM
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worktotravel14
Arlington, VA1,337 contributions
A variety of hikes at your disposal
Sep 2020
Get to the parking lot very early or very late as it can become traffic jam. We went at likely the most ideal time of year when the whether was still hot, but the leaves were starting to change. The colors were just changing and vibrant and there was plenty of lush green. We took many different trails, hiking up Lookout, enjoying the forest, then circling the lake and finally heading up to the Stone Tower. The stone tower was the biggest disappointment, only because the areas been trashed by those who visit the park casually. Will go back, maybe in the snows.
Written December 29, 2020
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Climbmax
46 contributions
On a sunny cold Frbruary day
Feb 2020
The “Yellow and Cannonball” trail loop - very nice first half, climbing west and north to the beautiful views of the lakes and mountain ranges from the mountain-top rim. Views onto the lakes continue as you take the trail downhill. Thereafter it is a flat, lake-side stroll along the frozen lake.
Quite busy with hikers for a cold day in February.
Recommended to be hiked counterclockwise
Written February 15, 2020
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Karliesjz
Rockaway Township, NJ265 contributions
Beautiful views, cool old castle and serene lake
Aug 2019 • Family
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 Trail and then back down through the red. What a beautiful place.
Written August 11, 2019
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erinc681
Dumont, NJ64 contributions
Afternoon Hike
May 2019 • Friends
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. Some steep sections, and very rocky terrain, but a beautiful hike and great views of NYC when you get to the top!
Written May 19, 2019
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Joe911263
Oakland, NJ8 contributions
The other NJ
Dec 2018 • Friends
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 love and just go!
Written December 11, 2018
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Pat
Oakland, NJ8 contributions
Ramapo Mtn State Forest.
Oct 2018 • Couples
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 better, we never go on the weekends. We are regulars from April through October.
Written December 11, 2018
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gintaco
Paramus, NJ1 contribution
Great Escape
Oct 2018 • Friends
Beautiful and peaceful for a walk or hike. Stay long or for a quick walk and enjoy the clean air and beautiful scenery.
Written October 7, 2018
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sinaigirl
Ohio824 contributions
Great views of the New York Skyline from the top
Sep 2018 • Couples
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 with a dam. From here, we hiked up to Van Slyke Castle. It was much more difficult hike ...but were rewarded with fantastic views of New York City and being able to traverse around the abandoned castle which was fascinating. We would definitely hike this trail again
Written October 2, 2018
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sradmd
Belleville, NJ407 contributions
Very crowded but....
Jul 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 entrances. Sure enough, we were told that if we travel about another mile on Rt 208 we will come to an area on the side of the roadway which can fit four cars and that there would be a one lane bridge that we can walk across and get into the preserve. We did this and sure enough we parked behind the only other vehicle there and walked across the one lane bridge and hiked about three miles. We usually hike a fairly level trail as this was totally uphill. At least coming back was a bit easier.
Written July 22, 2018
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rwllc
Ringwood, NJ44 contributions
Hiking in the Ramapos
Oct 2017 • Couples
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.
Written March 9, 2018
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