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“Love the Park”

Ranked #2 of 7 things to do in Ringwood
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USA
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66 reviews
23 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 38 helpful votes
“Love the Park”
Reviewed December 24, 2012

since its nearly my back yard I go so i go there often . Great place to go for a hike a walk and enjoy the great outdoors. Its well maintained gardens are done mostly by volunteers. they have many events held in the park thru out the year.
do not miss a chance to go.
ShepardLlake is nice for swimming in summer and I think you can Kayack or canoe in the lake. There are turtles in the smaller lakes and a great place to bird watch. they even have a field for flying small toy planes. .I would not go hiking alone there . There are bears and you CAN EASILY GET LOST. sO PLEASE TAKE A MAP AND INFORM YOURSELF ABOUT BEARS.. THEY NORMALLY SEE YOU AND GO IN THE OTHER DIRECTION.

Visited December 2012
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Ringwood, New Jersey
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5 reviews
3 attraction reviews
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“Need a change then this can help”
Reviewed November 25, 2012

Quiet and pieceful feeling with all that nature is surrounding you with.Also has history to be learned about, strolling through the beautiful mountains of Ringwood removes stress by walking through the park taking in many sights .

Visited August 2012
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Indiana
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44 reviews
25 attraction reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 58 helpful votes
“WHERE HISTORY WAS FORGED”
Reviewed October 4, 2012

Located in northern New Jersey near the New York State border, RINGWOOD MANOR is a 50 plus room mansion featuring a variety of architectural styles that reflect the Victorian Period. Construction began in 1807. When completed, the home evidenced 24 fireplaces, 13 bathrooms, 28 bedrooms; and to shed some light on the enormity of this building, features 250 windows. Ringwood Manor has been home to a number of prominent iron masters during its history. Ringwood iron was used for tools and hardware for the Continental Army during the Revolutionary War. The home eventually became the summer estate of members of the Hewitt family of New York City. A subsequent generation of the Hewitts, having exited politics, having divested themselves of iron industry interests and with little interest in the estate, gifted Ringwood Manor to the State of New Jersey in 1936. It remains part of Ringwood Manor State Park which is now part of a larger Ringwood State Park.

Getting to Ringwood Manor entails traversing some of the rugged terrain and roadways of the Ramapo Mountains. The estate and grounds are well worth the effort and the drive. Although the house was not open to the public on the day I visited, I contented myself for a couple of hours walking around the grounds, peeking in windows, and marveling at the vestiges of wealth of an earlier period in America. Stone pillars and urns, worked iron gates, a reflecting pool with cherubic statuary, forged iron cannon and chain, dotted the formal grounds. Outbuildings attested to the support infrastructure of the manor. Rolling hills, ponds and waterways in a mixed palette of early fall colors invited a broader inspection of the estate.

The grandeur was there but deterioration had unfortunately set in. Architectural features of the house (roof, soffits, columns, trim and chimneys) evidenced lack of continued maintenance and upkeep. A once elegant house in decline is one of the saddest sights for the historic preservationist. The water in the reflecting pool was murky. The cherubs were at play but not in paradise. Despite the lack of upkeep of this once magnificent home, there was still a palpable sense of its former majesty.

Prospective visitors to Ringwood State Park should not be dissuaded from the visit. By all means make the trip! There remains enough of the Manor and grounds to captivate the observer and satisfy the most ardent photographer. Parking is available close to the home. Try and select a day when the house might be open for tours. It’s best to check online first. Barring that tour option, plan a visit anyway. It’s definitely worth walking where American history was forged.

Visited September 2012
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Glendora, California
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44 reviews
25 attraction reviews
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“Historical Site with Beautiful Scenery”
Reviewed September 29, 2012

My cousin took me to see the Ringwood Manor on a recent visit to New Jersey. The park has many many structures and sites of historical significance, including the huge links that were part of a chain was used during the Revolutionary War across the Hudson River. There was also a nice art show in one of the buildings. There are areas for picnics and sports fields. The leaves on the trees were still green, but I can imagine how beautiful it would be when the fall colors are showing. I didn't have much time, but we drove through the nearby botanical gardens, which would be a nice place explore.

Visited September 2012
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Newton, New Jersey
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11 reviews
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“Absolutely beautiful”
Reviewed September 27, 2012

Wonderful daytrip to take with your significant other, or to bring the kids. Definitely also stroll around the Skylands Botanical Gardens, which are even more gorgeous.

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