Looking for a great trail in Ramapo Valley County Reservation, New Jersey? AllTrails has 10 great hiking trails, trail running trails, forest 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 5 moderate trails in Ramapo Valley County Reservation ranging from 2.8 to 8 miles and from 262 to 898 feet above sea level. Start checking them out and you'll be out on the trail in no time!

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"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.

I would recommend going counter clockwise since the climb is a little easier. Beautiful Place. It’s a moderate trail. Little challenging but well worth the trip. Lots of different views.

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rocky
2 days ago

Nice quick moderate hike, took my friend and I about an hour and a half with stops for views. Gets a little slippery with leaves and rocks, we both had a wipe out! Hiked on a Sunday morning and quite a few folks on the trail but still some good moments of quiet.

Rocky

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blowdown
rocky
3 days ago

Beautiful, scenic trail around the reservoir. I went on Columbus Day morning and at most times felt like the only person on the trail, at least in the wooded area near the waterfall (that's dried up right now). Some steep areas, but doable for the average hiker. Lots of leaves down on the trail already. I'll definitely be back!

easy going beautiful trail. just watch out for the little strech

Nice easy trail. Wide paths, almost no incline until trip to reservoir.

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28 days ago

This is my go to, daily hike. It’s scenic and the uphill part is challenging. Enjoy!!

Well marked trail, pink blazes are at very top. Very high traffic until you reach pink blazes. Decently rocky around reservoir.

Many nice, easy/moderate trails to choose from - yellow trail to the waterfall and McMillan reservoir, or the trail up to Hawk Rock which has a great view are favorites. The mountains over the lake are stunning in fall. After many years of hiking here I now avoid the weekends when the place is overrun with dogs (many off leash) and way too many people, gets very crowded and noisy.

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1 month ago

Very cool. Very easy in the beginning and end, and easy-ish when off the wide trail. Did with bunch of 6 years old kids and all went well.

Did about half of this trail with 6 yrs old kids and had a great day.

First hike as a female hiking alone. Note to females out there: If it's your first time hiking alone, pick a nice sunny day!! If you pick an overcast day, the whole forest looks scary and gloomy and your mind goes into paranoia mode and starts to imagine psychopaths following you. Easy warm-up hike for 'back into the season hiking' -- oh but don't worry, I plan on gradually increasing my hike difficulties with each passing weekend. Did 9 miles; 1300 ft cumalative elevation gain for a starter. No views whatsoever but I hike for the work-out and meditative aspect. Aka physical and mental benefits.

Definitely a nice hike moderate very flat some rocks could probably wear sneakers the entire way beautiful view of the lake up top.

Didn’t take the planned route, but the blazes were clear all the way through. First part of the hike was pretty noisy from the highway, but in the middle I only saw one other person. Will come back and try and hit the part that I missed. Hike is strenuous in points, but not technically difficult. Had my 20 lbs dog with me. No scrambling required.

Saw Momma and 3 cubs ramble across the trail right in front of us.

Good trail, really enjoyed it. The conditions were very good. Our group was also well prepared which made it a great experience

Great hike some really nice views should take 2 1/2 hours with all the stopping we did it in 4 1/2 hours. I would say the easier way to start the trail is from the right and side when you started counterclockwise. Recommendations to bring some bug spray for the Nats backpack definitely a water backpack. And some snacks.

Hawks Rock is the best view in this trail. Steep at the beginning, followed yellow to silver to green to purple to White to White/people to blue to yellow. Moderate difficulty.

I used to come here weekly with a good friend, and hike. The bodies of water, wildlife, and well maintained trails make it an absolute gem!

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1 month ago

The difficulty mostly came from unclear trail marks. We lost track of the trail and had to backtrack for a couple of times even with the help of the App. Bug was not much of a problem (end of August). But it had some unpleasant smell in several spots along the trail. The kids camp was empty and from the app we noticed that the pond in the camp was heart-shaped, which was kinda romantic. Probably won’t be coming again.

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bugs
rocky
1 month ago

Stuck mostly to the app, downloaded map, it worked out extremely well

on Vista Loop Trail

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bridge out
2 months ago

Great hike. Easy to follow. Some nice views.

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bridge out
2 months ago

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