Best running trails in Ramapo Mountain State Forest, New Jersey

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Explore the most popular running 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 running trails in Ramapo Mountain State Forest, New Jersey
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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 (17)
#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
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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 - Van Slyke Castle Loop
Ramapo Mountain State Forest
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Length: 2.3 mi • Est. 1 h 14 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 - Ramapo Lake and Foxcroft Road Loop
Ramapo Mountain State Forest
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Length: 5.2 mi • Est. 2 h 34 m
#8 - 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
#9 - 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
#10 - Erskine Lookout Trail
Ramapo Mountain State Forest
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Length: 4.6 mi • Est. 2 h 10 m
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