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Best trails in Ramapo Mountain State Forest

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Looking for a great trail in Ramapo Mountain State Forest, New Jersey? AllTrails has 23 great hiking trails, trail running trails, mountain biking trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Ready for some activity? There are 20 moderate trails in Ramapo Mountain State Forest ranging from 2 to 9.9 miles and from 216 to 1,092 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
Description

This hilly forest is a sanctuary for wildlife. Hikers and mountain bikers enjoy miles of challenging trails. Many trails offer a view of the New York City skyline. Birdwatchers are attracted to the forest for its ponds, streams and marshes that provide the perfect habitat for bird and other wildlife species. The forest borders the Ramapo Mountain Reservation, which is part of the Bergen County Park System.

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Map of trails in Ramapo Mountain State Forest
Park information
Acreage:
4,268 acres
Park hours
Monday
5:55 am - 5:55 pm
Tuesday
5:55 am - 5:55 pm
Wednesday
5:55 am - 5:55 pm
Thursday
5:55 am - 5:55 pm
Friday
5:55 am - 5:55 pm
Saturday
5:55 am - 5:55 pm
Sunday
5:55 am - 5:55 pm
Contact
(973) 962-7031
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Top trails (23)
#1 - Ramapo Mountain Yellow and Cannonball Trail
Ramapo Mountain State Forest
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Length: 5.5 mi • Est. 2 h 43 m
Take the blue blazed McEvoy Trail from parking lot. The trail climbs to Ramapo Lake where it joins a paved park road as it skirts the lake then turns north. The trail leaves the road at a sharp bend. Stay on road for about 50 yards and take the white blazed Castle Point Trail and begin a short, steep climb. At the top are some interesting ruins and outstanding views. Continue on the trail along ridge. The trail then descends, crosses a stream and turns uphill where it joins another park road and ends at Skyline Drive. Cross Skyline and take red blazed Cannonball Trl. Then a quick right onto the yellow blazed Hoeferlin Trail. Follow trail until it reaches Skyline Dr again and catch the white blazed Todd Trail by the Camp Tamarack sign. The Todd turns west into the woods and eventually joins a gravel camp road for a short distance, then turns south and reaches another outstanding overlook. Continue on Todd, across Skyline again and back to McEvoy. Left on MacEvoy to car.Show more
#2 - MacEvoy Trail to East Shore Drive to Foxcroft Road to Castle Point Trail
Ramapo Mountain State Forest
moderateYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray Star(252)
Length: 2.6 mi • Est. 1 h 23 m
#3 - Yellow Trail, East Shore Drive, and Foxcroft Road Loop
Ramapo Mountain State Forest
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Length: 3.1 mi • Est. 1 h 35 m
#4 - Ramapo Park Lake Loop
Ramapo Mountain State Forest
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Length: 6.6 mi • Est. 3 h 14 m
Moderate hike to lake. Scenic views of water and surrounding area. Take the Blue to the lake and then follow lake all the way around. Show more
#5 - Ramapo Lake and Foxcroft Road Loop
Ramapo Mountain State Forest
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Length: 5.2 mi • Est. 2 h 34 m
#6 - Ramapo Lake Cannonball Loop Trail
Ramapo Mountain State Forest
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Length: 4.6 mi • Est. 1 h 51 m
Historic ruins, scenic overlooks, lake Catch the red on white blazed Indian Rock trail just past the boulder with the Indian painted on it. Cross stream on small bridge (may be submerged during high water), You will pass some ruins from the old Dupont gunpower mfg. operation which closed around 1920, then climb. Just after crossing a gas pipeline cut make left onto the Wanaqe Ridge trail (Orange). Eventually climb to several nice viewpoints just off trail. A short, white spur trail takes you to an easterly view. Continue north, then east on the Wanaque Ridge Trail. The trail ends. Make right onto the MacEvoy Trail (Blue). MacEvoy follows pipeline cut for short distance, then turns left into the woods and meets the Cannonball Tral. (Red w/white C) Continue straight on the Cannonball Trail . Cannonball reaches lake and follows gravel rd then returns to woods. Shortly after this you reach the jct. with the Indian Rock Trail. Continue straight on Indian Rock back to car.Show more
#7 - Van Slyke Castle Loop
Ramapo Mountain State Forest
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Length: 2.3 mi • Est. 1 h 14 m
#8 - McEvoy to Lookout to Hoeferlin Memorial Trail
Ramapo Mountain State Forest
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Length: 3.1 mi • Est. 1 h 37 m
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.Show more
#9 - Ramapo Lake Brook Loop
Ramapo Mountain State Forest
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Length: 3.9 mi • Est. 1 h 33 m
Please be mindful and considerate when hiking this trail as parts of it are on private property. Show more
#10 - Ramapo Mountain Great Loop
Ramapo Mountain State Forest
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Length: 9.9 mi • Est. 4 h 59 m
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