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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.

Awesome trail see video below of our winter hike)

https://youtu.be/pW2SVJt4xZs

Been hiking Cannonball for practically my entire life. Grew up with it in my backyard. Well marked trail and good terrain. Always a fun hike.

Lovely, and saw some huge deer!

Nice hike- good elevation in the beginning to get the heart pumping.

Nice, scenic, relaxing. My dog really enjoyed herself.

Pretty nice trail, especially during the foliage season. Some of the blue markers are a little rundown so be careful and pay attention. The blue trail does get a little steep in areas so when there are leaves make sure they are dry! The park is usually crowded near the bodies of water but as soon as you get further into a true trail hike you find your alone time for sure! I must of only run into two people on blue during a beautiful crowded Saturday morning.

Easy and scenic! My 5yr old and I took a nice mini-adventure around this beautiful lake.

I really love this hike- what a pleasant surprise! Such variety in scenery and terrain. A great mix of beauty and challenge for a Saturday morning.

From lower parking lot we took the blue trail past the lake to white. The beginning of castle hill trail climbs steeply but is easily done past Van Slyke Castle and its stone water tower. Continued on white where it terminates and picked up red circle trail or Cannonball trail. Follow carefully as it twists and winds and some blazes are missing and/or in poor shape. Completed the loop and returned back on blue to parking lot.

A lot of trails available for all levels, that are easily marked. Pretty lake. If you climb up the white trail you can find a really old castle from 1900. Ok for dogs.

Not a strenuous hike. Very beautiful view!

Another wonderful hike. Although the hike is pretty easy, it has one of the best views with a gorgeous lake and a ruined castle. Don't miss the castle, the climb is the only time u ll burn ur thighs, although the views from up top are spectacular too.
We started from the skyline drive parking up north, at the Hofferlin trail and came our way down to the lake, before doing a full circle and then the deserted castle and back again. We deviated a lot off the suggested trail but overall a very good experience.

What a good workout and beautiful scenery!

AWESOME!

This was a tough one - definitely not "easy." I stayed on the White Trail the entire way but never came to the lake or any overlook or waterfall - perhaps I was too busy making sure I didn't turn my ankle on a rock. Went out quite far on the trail, thru a clearing, to the point where I decided I had better turn back as it appeared to be a trail to nowhere, despite clearly marked White blazes everywhere. The trail was quite rocky and steep at times. I did see the trail head for the Yellow trail, but it merged with the White trail. There was NO ONE else on the trail, as was evident by the cob webs I was walking through on the way out. Mainly saw chipmunks, and no bears, thank goodness. Had to stop several times on my way back to rest and get heart rate down to normal. I personally found this to be a difficult trail, despite some friendly flat breaks along the way. For experienced hikers only.

i've hiked this many times and brought my dog a few times. i've also biked down the hill from Skyline Dr and biked around the lake. both are awesome. the trail has gotten a lot of attention in recent years. get there early to fully enjoy.

This was a great hike. A beautiful lake and plenty of great views. The lily pads and flowers were awesome, we've never seen so many on one pond. The trails were well marked and well maintained although it would have been nice to have a map, we used this app to track and it worked out fine. The State Park should have trash containers in the parking area as there was quite a pile near the trail head. Overall we would come back again, it is great for beginners.

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7 months ago

Unintended hike down the mountain and back up again whilst trying to find Ramapo Overlook to Lake Todd, which I now know is across Skyline road, on the other side of the mountain! The app kept bringing me out to Skyline Drive from the parking lot which didn't make sense, as I didn't realize I was to cross the road.

Nonetheless, a lovely, if not challenging on the way back up (only a "moderate" trail, but was all uphill in the woods on the Yellow trail for a full mile back to the parking lot). Used to hike all the time but haven't done so regularly for many years. Felt great to get back "in the woods" and the Lake was a special treat at the bottom of the hill. Beautiful old Tudor on the way down. Brought the family dog who had great fun smelling and peeing everywhere. Was glad to get back to car and airconditioning! Encountered several people and dogs along the way but not too many at all.

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