Best dogs trails in Ramapo Mountain State Forest, New Jersey

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Explore the most popular dog friendly trails in Ramapo Mountain State Forest with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.
Map of dogs trails in Ramapo Mountain State Forest, New Jersey
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 (13)
#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 - 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
#3 - Ramapo Lake and Foxcroft Road Loop
Ramapo Mountain State Forest
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Length: 5.2 mi • Est. 2 h 34 m
#4 - 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
#5 - 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
#6 - Ramapo Mountains Loop
Ramapo Mountain State Forest
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Length: 3.7 mi • Est. 1 h 51 m
A lovely hike to nice views and through some old Boy Scout camps Take the orange blazed Schuber Trl. Then turn right on the white blazed Millstone Trl, which passes a decent view, then joins the Yellow Trl. Together they cross a road, then the Yellow splts to the right and climbs gently. Soon the Schuber Trl joins and together they pass a rocky area with a scenic view. Reaching the green and white blazed Old Guard Trl turn left. The trail climbs and crosses a gasline, then the Cannonball trail and the yellow blazed Hoeferlin Trl. It soon joins up with the red blazed Ringwood Ramapo. There is a view here that is best when leaves are down. Continue on the Old Guard until it reaches the Hoeferlin (yellow blazes) and proceed south. The Cannonball Trail (red w/ white C) soon joins. A short side trip (red/white blazes) brings you to Matapan Rock which has a decent view. Continue on the Hoeferlin/Cannonball as they descend and skirt Skyline Dr and head back into the woods. The Cannonball soon leaves. Continue on the Hoeferlin to your car.Show more
#7 - Erskine Lookout Trail
Ramapo Mountain State Forest
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Length: 4.6 mi • Est. 2 h 10 m
#8 - Ramapo Overlook to Lake Todd and Waterfall Trail
Ramapo Mountain State Forest
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Length: 2 mi • Est. 1 h 7 m
Hike to nice overlook, scenic lake and waterfall. Take the white blazed Todd Trail on the east side of Skyline Drive (trailhead is directly across from parking lot). The trail descends through a rocky forested area and soon meets, then leaves a woods road. Continue on the white trail to a nice overlook with views of the town of Oakland below. Retrace your steps and pick up the yellow blazed trail on your right. The trail will skirt a swampy area and pass by scenic Lake Todd (a great spot for a lunch break). The trail then climbs to a grassy area (gypsy moths and recent droughts have killed most of the trees here). Continue on the yellow trail and it will begin a gentle descent back into the forest. Soon you'll hear the sound of a brook in front of you, as it cascades over a series of small waterfalls. The trail crosses the brook just above the falls. A short bushwack to your right will take you past the falls. Return to you car by retracing your steps. Show more
#9 - Red Trail Overlook
Ramapo Mountain State Forest
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Length: 2.3 mi • Est. 1 h 15 m
#10 - Matapan Rock, Lake Vreeland and Millstone Hill
Ramapo Mountain State Forest
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Length: 4.9 mi • Est. 2 h 37 m
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