Overlook & Hoeferlin Loop

MODERATE 9 reviews

Overlook & Hoeferlin Loop is a 3.4 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Oakland, NJ that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and canoeing and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

3.4 miles 718 feet Loop

dog friendly

canoeing

hiking

forest

lake

views

wildlife

Some nice views and varied terrain A very nice hike on two of the lesser used trails in this popular park. Start out blue blazed McEvoy Trail. Reaching the dam, bear left on the yellow blazed Hoeferlin Trail. Continue on the dirt road and leave the crowds behind by turning left where the Hoeferlin joins the red blazed) Lookout Trail (the second left). Here the trail has both red and yellow blazes. The trail begins a short climb to a scenic rocky overlook. After the overlook, the trail descends through a stand of mt. laurel. Soon you'll pass through an area that's been heavily damaged by gypsy moths. Most of the trees here are dead, giving this section a somewhat haunting look. After passing through another stand of mt. laurel, the red and yellow trails split. Turn left on the red blazed Lookout Trail. There will be some short ascents and descents as it crosses a few small ridges. The trail then descends gently and ends near the dam. From here, retrace your steps to your car.

1 day ago

Nice walk with views

1 month ago

easy hike with some nice overlook views. lake is beautiful

2 months ago

I love this hike. Allows you to
get away into some of least traveled parts of the park. Great with dogs too !

hiking
7 months ago

Great all around hike! Beautiful views!

7 months ago

Great for kids

hiking
3 years ago

Great hike. Awesome views. Very well marked. Note 99% of the markers are red reflectors, but keep your eyes open for the occasional dark red spray paint on a rock/tree. Highly recommended.

hiking
3 years ago

Good hike, great views!

hiking
4 years ago

Great hike in Ramapo State Forest. One of the hills on the hike is a little steep and rocky but the hike is a moderate one. The views of Ramapo lake are great. Sit and take a rest on the rocks and enjoy the views of the lake. A favorite in Ramapo forest for me and one that I hike often.

mountain biking
4 years ago

It's nice and quiet.mi love the trees.