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Best trails in Ramapo Valley County Reservation

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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!
Description

"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.

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Map of trails in Ramapo Valley County Reservation
Park information
Acreage:
3,313 acres
Contact
201-336-7275
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Top trails (10)
#1 - Ramapo Reservation Loop Trail
Ramapo Valley County Reservation
moderateYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray Star(672)
Length: 7.2 mi • Est. 3 h 36 m
#2 - Vista Loop Trail
Ramapo Valley County Reservation
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Length: 3.5 mi • Est. 1 h 50 m
Yellow blazes mark this trail. From the parking area, follow the dirt trail to the bridge that crosses the Ramapo River and continue straight with the Scarlet Oak Pond on the right. Immediately once past the end of the pond, take the path to the right that continues to hug the pond and further down this path on the left is a wooden footbridge that begins the ascent for this trail. The ascent will climb at moderately steep grade to start and become more level further along the trail. Towards the end, the trail will eventually lead to a large downhill rock which descends down towards the MacMillan Reservoir where it then bears left and eventually goes across the dam. Following the dam, it then continues down a partially paved and gravel portion of the trail where it then bears right. Before a small bridge, a tree with a single yellow blaze will be off to the right, continuing the trail down past a water fall and back to the starting point. Points of Interest: - Hawk Rock Overlook (At the top of the initial ascent of the trail, a nice overlook view of the Ramapo Valley area including Ramapo College campus and on a clear day, the New York City skyline in the distance). - Cactus Ledge (A bit further along the trail from and above Hawk Rock Overlook, features the only native growing cactus in the United States east of the Rocky Mountains). - Ridge Overlook (Provides a higher view than the Hawk Rock Overlook and a move visible view of the valley and New York City skyline).Show more
#3 - Scarlet Oak Pond to MacMilan Reservoir
Ramapo Valley County Reservation
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Length: 2.4 mi • Est. 1 h 10 m
#4 - Ramapo Ramble Trail
Ramapo Valley County Reservation
easyYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray Star(207)
Length: 4.1 mi • Est. 2 h 8 m
Easy trail over varied terrain, waterfalls, stone ruins. Short bushwack to viewsShow more
#5 - MacMillan Reservoir Loop Trail
Ramapo Valley County Reservation
moderateYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray Star(215)
Length: 2.8 mi • Est. 1 h 20 m
From the parking lot, follow the gravel and dirt trail to the bridge that crosses the Ramapo River and continue straight until reaching a more heavily graveled and partially paved area just past the Scarlet Oak Pond which begins the ascent up to the reservoir. Upon reaching the reservoir, follow the pink blazes around this loop which hugs the reservoir.Show more
#6 - Ramapo Schuber and Ridge Loop Trail
Ramapo Valley County Reservation
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Length: 8.9 mi • Est. 5 h 1 m
Offline map is recommended. Users have reported that the trails are not marked well. Begin at the main entrance and take the Halifax Trail around Scarlet Oak Pond. Here the park has an urban feel, paved roads and many dog walkers & joggers. The trail enters the woods, becomes more rugged & begins to climb towards Hawk Rock. Here you can clearly see all the way to NYC. The Halifax Trail leads down to Havemeyer Rd, and old mine rd, and meets a pipe line road. Follow this up over Drag Hill to the Cannonball Trail. This area became park property in the 70's & many houses & foundations can be found intact around Bear Swamp Lake. The Cannonball Trail leads you through the BSA's Camp Yaw Paw and to the Yellow trail. Climb and cross the pipeline road again to wonderful views of the Ramapo Valley below. Descend to meet the Bear Swamp Creek.Show more
#7 - Havemeyer Hollow and Monrae Ridge Loop
Ramapo Valley County Reservation
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Length: 4 mi • Est. 2 h 14 m
#8 - Scarlet Oak Pond Orange and Yellow Loop
Ramapo Valley County Reservation
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Length: 1.6 mi • Est. 40 m
#9 - Bear Swamp Lake and Rocky Mountain Loop
Ramapo Valley County Reservation
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Length: 8 mi • Est. 3 h 56 m
#10 - Middle Valley Loop
Ramapo Valley County Reservation
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Length: 3.7 mi • Est. 1 h 49 m