Explore the most popular dogs on leash trails in Ramapo Valley County Reservation with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

Loved this hike! Spotted Bear tracks which was neat

BEEN HIKING THE TRAIL SINCE 1994,AWSOME!!! HIKE FROM CLAUDIUS SMITH DEN TO THE DUCH DOCTOR SHELTER AREA

hiking
3 months ago

Great trail, there are quite a few parts that have a nice view, some steep spots but overall an easy hike.

Quite a few trail options and nice scenic views

Went with two kids—8 and 6–They got a little bored while we stuck to the road, but when we went off the road and on some actual trails or climbing over some of the many rocks scattered along the hills, they enjoyed themselves. Haven’t made it all the way around loop yet. Will probably have to do it without kids.

Hiked as a stewardship trip for Blue Friday with Campmor and NYNJ Trails yesterday! Nice initial incline and with the rest of the trail being very reasonable. Went with 12 year olds, dogs, and a mixed group. Nice views of the valley! Kudos to hikers for keeping it clean, we picked up less garbage than I thought we would!

hiking
6 months ago

Love this hike. The history of Claudius Smith and his gang is always fascinating to me. My dad always took me as a kid and we still go and enjoy ourselves. Love the views. We usually do the blue disc trail to the TMI trail to the white trail back so we can check out the Dutch Dr. shelter. From the shelter you can see below the field where the dutch doctor would grow his medicinal herbs. I almost always find fossils on this hike.

Awesome hiking trail in NJ! Great views!! Challenging with some climbing and perfect distance!

This place is incredible! Been here numerous times. I have hiked all trails in all seasons. Best hiking by far in New Jersey. I have been to many trails in south and central and west nj. This place has all types of trails. Great workout trails that last hours and small easy quick ones to take in the scenery. Great for dogs and kids. Drive two hrs every other weekend to get here and it's worth it. Make sure you arrive early in weekend before 930am. This place gets tons of visitors and the lot is jammed packed. Beautiful streams and waterfalls and overlooks and lakes. Plan accordingly if you take deep long hike. Never go off trail ticks snakes and getting lost can be avoided if planned and prepared.

Note; if your taking rt 17 as if aug 27th road blocked but there is a detour.

hiking
9 months ago

only the parking spot was little confusing. other than that, overall experience was awesome. we started from 67 Johnstown road, Sloatsburg (a small parking space for 4 cars). started with Orange and connected to Blue trail and did all the way up to TMI and joined in Red trail to join the Blue trail and the to while trail to get back to orange trail. overall 6 mile loop. unfortunately we did not bring lots of water and there was no water source either. awesome views.

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
9 months 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.

hiking
9 months ago

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.

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

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

Did the Yellow trial counter clockwise to the reservoir then the blue trail back. Three good views in 3.3 miles. Good with kids.

backpacking
11 months 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
Sunday, May 07, 2017

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.

Love it

Thursday, April 27, 2017

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

hiking
Wednesday, April 26, 2017

Pros:
Variety of trail difficulties
Waterfall/views

Con:
Often crowded

hiking
Saturday, April 15, 2017

No cave, no waterfall, basically just the lake. Lots of people at beginning and end of the trails since it is connected with the easy ones.

hiking
Wednesday, April 12, 2017

Let me start off by saying that I love dogs and am a former dog owner.

Now on to the review. Nice place to hike and fish but like has been stated before...too many people and WAY, WAY too many dogs, a good number of which are unleashed. Ramapo Reservation is for all intents and purposes a large dog park.

Overall I felt unsafe there with my young children due to the excessive number of dogs. I am surprised the NJ Park Services do not enforce leash laws at such a crowded park.

hiking
Saturday, April 01, 2017

Great place in the Bergen County area to go day hiking. Dog friendly and easily accessible. Many trails to choose from, some of which are easy, and some that are more difficult. I have been going here for 25 years now, and it is never boring no matter what season.

hiking
Thursday, March 23, 2017

Great getaway from Ramapo College studies

Tuesday, January 03, 2017

This is my opinion and each person that hikes is at their own level. For my hike I would see this as an intermediate hike rather than the hard classification it is given. There is some minor rock scrambling but by no means difficult. And the long walks between the more challenging rises and descents break up the hike which is why I rate it more of an intermediate than hard. At the tops of hikes the hikes the view is very nice and I hiked on a perfectly clear sunny day 1/1/2017) which enhances the view. Pay close attention to the trail blazes as there are many trails on this overall hike. I have started exploring this part of NY state for hiking and will continue.

trail running
Thursday, December 29, 2016

There is so much variety in terms of difficulty and distance, single track and country road. It is true that the very beginning is touristy but once you get deep enough into the woods you don't see many people. Very good for trail running and training steep inclines.

hiking
Sunday, November 13, 2016

If you're looking to get away from people this is not the place to go.... not many people deep on the trails but it's like walking on a city street at the beginning and end......selfie sticks, kids and dogs.....definitely not a favorite

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