"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.

hiking
7 days ago

Perfect if you just want to see the wooded outdoors. This path has 2 lakes for you to lookout on. Also features a beautiful waterfall. I know somewhere in the park you can go swimming near the waterfall. Also bring your dog if you can. There are tons of people with their dogs on this trail. Also its pretty well made for strollers too. Just be prepared for the big inclines while making your way up to the big lake.

hiking
12 days ago

This hike is beautiful but be cautious to follow your trail markings at ALL TIMES. It's fairly easy to drift off onto nearby paths.

Hike this with the hubby and our 10 yr old havanese. This hike was full of surprises, ups and downs, and 3 (or 4?) summits, rock caves, and lots of wild raspberries and blueberries to snack on along the way. Saw some Beatles, a lizard, and a tiny frog. Took us about 5 hours to hike the 6 mile loop, but that's bc our dog is slow and we stop a lot to snack on wild fruit! Definitely a beautiful hike. No one was around, so it felt blissfully remote :)

Lots of free parking and easy trail signs.
The lower loop of the park around the lake is great for an easy stroll and great view. The trial to the top has some s steep parts but it's manageable. The trail has great views of the stream leading down the mountain. Lots of dogs along the way and stroller friendly

The views are really good. We followed the Blue-Disc-trail to Almost Perpendicular. There is a steep rocky climb in the beginning till Almost Perpendicular. The view is awesome up there. Then we followed the blue trail to another good viewpoint Claudius Smith's Rock. From there we followed red trail where we dropped elevation gradually. In the end, there is white trail that brings you back to Johnsontown road Parking. I loved the blue-disc trail which is challenging and has steep climbs. White trail is just flat and not well maintained. Overall, a very good experience for me. As a beginner in hiking, I found it little challenging but doable and worth it on reaching the top.

Sweet Trail, very nice landscape view.

fly fishing
1 month ago

Great trail the trial gets steep but I got a running stroller up the hill.
Lots of water falls and small animals along the way.
Great way to spend about 2-3 hours

nice walk, nice level for beginners like me

Great place for a hike! starts off moderate level and then once you hit the loop it's easy. Brought our dog and had a blast

trail running
1 month ago

hiking
1 month ago