"The Ramapo Reservation," located in Mahwah, is a 3,313-acre Bergen County Park. Challenging hiking is possible, but areas closest to the parking lot are primarily used for strolling, especially with one or more dogs. Most visitors walk around Scarlet Oak Pond, a former gravel quarry, or climb on a wide, smooth-surface road to MacMillan Reservoir (which once supplied the Crocker Mansion on the far side of Ramapo Valley Road). If you come at off-peak times, occasionally you may see Giants football players jogging up to the Reservoir during training season. A short but strenuous hike to Hawk Rock via the Halifax Trail (green blaze) results in a picture-book panorama of suburban New Jersey, including Ramapo College. For the hiker, the Reservation's trails connect with those in Ringwood State Park to the west, Ramapo Mountain State Forest to the southwest, and Camp Glen Gray to the south, making possible a wide variety of rugged day-long hikes. Outside of the commonly used strolling areas, the Reservation has been left in its natural wild state, and is mostly hilly, forming part of the eastern tier of the Ramapos.

backpacking
20 days ago

Too many people, dogs not on leashes. Shelters were all occupied with people with tents essentially making it super uninviting. Not to mention the stealth campers every 2 miles or so setting up fire rings everywhere. Trash like nobody's business I hiked out a whole grocery bag full of it from Bald Rock.

hiking
26 days ago

Loved this trail.

on Claudius Smith's Den

1 month ago

Considering Sterling Forest is not that far away, you're better off going there. Ramapo is okay but it's too close to highways and flight paths, if a little tranquility and distance from man-made noises is important to you.

Ran the whole 7 mile loop. Did not disappoint!!!

Pros:
Variety of trail difficulties
Waterfall/views

Con:
Often crowded