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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.

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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29 days 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.

1 month 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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2 months ago

A nice hike around the lake.

This is a combo loop made from 4 trails Hoeferlin (yellow), Macevoy (blue), Castle Point (white), and Skyline Connector (red/white)
We did this hike with 4 kids ranging from 2-6. This was not an easy hike, even if you are not with kids, there were some challenging points.
Start at the North Parking Lot. Head down the main path till it forks and veer left. Start following the yellow markers. There is one point midway it got confusing, there were yellow markers heading in 2 directions, take the markers going down. Follow the yellow trail till it meets the main path. Head on the main path till you hit the lake and turn right. Start following the blue markers.
Part way down you will see a stream coming out of the forest. We took a break here and cooled. We climbed the rocks up and followed the stream into the forest a bit, then headed back to the main path. Keep following the blue markers until you hit a fork. Take the road to the right with the 2 cement pillars. About 100 ft up is the white trail head. This part is uphill but it is not very long. About 10-15 minutes. At the end of the uphill will be the castle ruins. This is a cool spot to take some pics and hand out in the shade. Once your read to head down, on the other side of the ruins is a wide clear path, follow it down to the main path. Continue on the main path , but we on the look out for the white markers. You will pass a private house and a little after that the white markers are on your left. Follow the white markers all the way to the end. You will meet the main path again. Take a right and about 50-100 ft down veer left onto Skyline Connector (red/white) Follow that all the way back to the car.
Great Hike. Would definitely do it again

The ground is very covered, not much on the views. Good route for exercise. Crossed over a few streams and little falls.

One of the more interesting trails I’ve hiked to say the least — a combination of roads, sharp inclines boulder scattered trails and even some light rock climbing, as well as a really cool rundown castle at the summit of the hike. My one complaint is that the trail highlighted on this map is not the cannonball trail, but a combination of three. The trails are well marked but you never know which trail you’re actually on. As long as you follow the app’s mapped trail to a T, you should be fine. The views are some of the best in New Jersey.

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4 months ago

I did a 7-mile loop which included the Lookout Trail and a portion of Cannonball Run in a good amount of snow. The trails are well-marked and there were a lot of great views along Lookout.

Not very difficult but it was beautiful and scenic

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.

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