Explore the most popular hiking 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.

Pleasant hike, dog friendly, mild incline and right outside nyc. Would definitely go again

Great for a nice short hike. Nothing special to see, but there are a few overlooks and its a lot of fun on the rocky parts. Make sure to keep an eye on the trail markers.

I really liked this trail. Going up and down the hills was a workout, but the the landscape was beautiful. There were many good view points, some castle ruins, and a far away view of the NYC skyline that kept this trail interesting.

You could hear the highway pretty much the whole time and the views were ok but kind of blocked by the trees. The beginning/end part by the river was really nice though, and it’s good for seeing animals. I saw a hawk catch a squirrel, which was both terrifying and super cool! I might do it again but it wasn’t my favorite hike in the area.

Hiked in September 2018. The description of the hike doesn’t match the mapped area and trail markers. So we followed the map downloaded from AllTrails and it worked great. I’d say it’s more easy than moderate. There are some nice viewpoints - Castle ruins, a water tower, nice lake, few streams with some waterfalls.
There are 2 parking areas, the one with directions from AllTrails has 2 portapotties. No ranger station, only trailhead with a map posted. Trails are clearly marked. We didn’t get lost as were following the app’s map.
A lot of people with dogs at the beginning of the hike. You can combine trails for various difficulties. Parking is tight but people come in and out all the time, as there are a lot of locals who just come to walk with dogs around the lake.

Very nice little hike . Up to the castle was a little challenging for beginners

1.5 mile hike to Matapan Rock with spectacular views to Northwest then returned back to parking lot to pick up Cannonball and then white to Castle point lookout for a halfway decent view. Dislike Cannonball trail due to so many switchbacks because of the mountain bike use and usually try to cut through most of them.

Nice hike except you can hear the traffic on Rt 287 the entire time.

Pretty and not boring with different terrains

easy hike, nicer part is first half mile.

Perfect trail with nice views.
Have an option to combine or switch between trails.

the ruins of Foxcroft Mansion make this worth it!

Pretty hike!

Definitely NOT an easy trail.PLEASE update to moderate. I followed the directions of the description cause the map was all OVER the place! Finding the trail head was difficult cause it's overgrown. Follow the white trail to yellow to find the falls. I took the whole family and we enjoyed it. Tired, sore, and dirty! Also not sure where the old buildings and wildflowers were but they weren't on this trail.

Once you hit overlook trail after McAvoy pay special attention. Some trail markers are difficult to see at times but the orange ribbons on the trail make up for it. You may think its a temporary blaze but its not. Follow the ground as well and you will be fine. Trail looks like it hasn't been maintained to much or traveled that much as well. Pay attention. Good hike however with decent view points over the lake but the view over I 287 you may not find unless you walk off a cliff. Again, pay attention.

Loved the variety of terrain, a lake, castle ruins, views of Wanaque Reservoir and Appalachian foothills from high up near the water tower. This map will help you find your way: NYNJTC_NJParkMaps-RamapoMtn_2015-85x11.pdf

Difficult ascensions towards the end but with rewarding, Panoramic views of NYC and Ramapo Lake. Some trail markers are difficult to locate but the map on this app helped a lot.

Enter onto tracks and follow them to the field entrance. Yes you can cross, please do so safely. Stay left for Cannonball Trail in Red. If you hit white then you missed the split to the left for Red. Wrap the pond at the top of the trail. Descent trail, once your on them they are pretty well maintained. Good routes but no crazy elevations changes or overlooks. Good for mountain biking!

Great hike. Many positives. Lots of blueberry bushes along the hike. Very rocky, lots of boulders to climb over. Not many scenic views on the red path, but it gets better on the red/yellow path. Trails are marked well, and there were plenty of other trails to try. Ample parking.

beautiful, but the trail markings need work.

pretty good views. nice stream, good lake. the trails should be better marked, we ended up cutting off a third of the hike before we realized it.

Hiked this trail on a Wednesday afternoon. This trail is combination of blue, yellow, white, and red trails. Some parts of the trail are not marked well. Overall it was a decent hike. Lots of flies and frogs. Nice elevation, gets your heart pumping. AllTrails map helped me to find my trail when I didn’t see any trail marks.

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6 months ago

Hiked here around 9a on Sunday Father’s day and medium sized lot almost filled to capacity. Took the Oakland exit off Route 287 north and entrance was on left about 1/2 mile after exiting.

Hike is primarily under shade of the woods and sometimes buggy. We did the blue trail to white with Van Slyke castle as our goal. True as others stated beginning of hike immediately takes you upwards and some scrambling and bouldering involved but moderate hike for most part. We took the labs and they were fine on leash.

Castle ruins were so neat to discover and the views towards NYC was breath taking. Ruins were approx 1.75 miles from lot so easily done. We packed lunch and ate when we reached the water tower that was another 1/4 mile beyond castle.

Def recommend. What a little gem.

Caution: poison ivy strewn around ruins.

6 months ago

Nice place with good decent elevations. Not good trail marks. Easy to get lost. Have offline maps

This is my favorite trail in the area. Well marked and great views. I love the beginning of the trail along the stream.

The river is too full to allow you to cross without getting your shoes wet. For that reason, it's better to just start the hike from other trail heads. Other than that, the trail was well marked and not too strenuous. Be careful of snakes. We saw a big Mexican black kingsnake next to the river.

Unfortunately a tree has fallen on the stream bridge, creating a damn and a waterfall over it. It's not crossable unless you're willing to wade and climb over a fallen tree, not really safe, definitely not possible with kids.

Lovely walk for all ages. Easy trails and pretty water. Wear bug spray and remember there are no bathrooms anywhere!

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7 months ago

A nice hike around the lake.

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