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Best trails in Ramapo Mountain State Forest

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Looking for a great trail in Ramapo Mountain State Forest, New Jersey? AllTrails has 21 great hiking trails, trail running trails, mountain biking trails and more, with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers, and nature lovers like you. Ready for some activity? There are 18 moderate trails in Ramapo Mountain State Forest ranging from 2 to 9.9 miles and from 216 to 1,092 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!
Description

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.

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Map of trails in Ramapo Mountain State Forest
Park information
Acreage:
4268 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
Helpful links
Top trails (21)
#1 - Yellow and Cannonball Trail
Ramapo Mountain State Forest
moderateYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray Star(557)
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. Show more
#2 - MacEvoy Trail to East Shore Drive to Foxcroft Road to Castle Point Trail
Ramapo Mountain State Forest
moderateYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray Star(202)
Length: 2.6 mi • Est. 1 h 23 m
MacEvoy Trail to East Shore Drive to Foxcroft Road to Castle Point Trail is a 2.6 mile heavily trafficked out and back trail located near Oakland, New Jersey that features a lake and is rated as moderShow more
#3 - Yellow Trail, East Shore Drive, and Foxcroft Road Loop
Ramapo Mountain State Forest
moderateYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray Star(189)
Length: 3.1 mi • Est. 1 h 35 m
Yellow Trail, East Shore Drive, and Foxcroft Road Loop is a 3.1 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Oakland, New Jersey that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarilShow more
#4 - Ramapo Park Lake Loop
Ramapo Mountain State Forest
moderateYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray Star(139)
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 - Ramapo Lake and Foxcroft Road Loop
Ramapo Mountain State Forest
easyYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray Star(101)
Length: 5.2 mi • Est. 2 h 34 m
Ramapo Lake and Foxcroft Road Loop is a 5.2 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Oakland, New Jersey that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used foShow more
#6 - McEvoy to Lookout to Hoeferlin Memorial Trail
Ramapo Mountain State Forest
moderateYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray Star(127)
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 HoeferShow more
#7 - Ramapo Lake Cannonball Loop Trail
Ramapo Mountain State Forest
easyYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray Star(118)
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 higShow more
#8 - Van Slyke Castle Loop
Ramapo Mountain State Forest
moderateYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray Star(54)
Length: 2.3 mi • Est. 1 h 14 m
Van Slyke Castle Loop is a 2.3 mile heavily trafficked loop trail located near Oakland, New Jersey that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, running, and nShow more
#9 - Ramapo Mountains Loop
Ramapo Mountain State Forest
moderateYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray Star(90)
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 YellShow more
#10 - Ramapo Overlook to Lake Todd and Waterfall Trail
Ramapo Mountain State Forest
moderateYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray Star(46)
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 rockShow more
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