Looking for a great trail in Ramapo Valley County Reservation, New Jersey? AllTrails has 11 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.

trails need to be better marked.

13 days ago

This trail is not marked well so that it is difficult to find correct root.

23 days ago

Easy hike. Good for exercise after few weeks of non-hiking. Ok for jeongmi. Not good for summer (bugs). Rocky. Very slippery and icy in Winter

Beautiful lake views most of the way. Plenty of areas with large smooth rocks to hang out on.

lots of people during peak times. Dogs on leashes isn't enforced that well. However, great views, and has a water fall. There are options of easy to difficult trails. We will definitely be back.

1 month ago

Really great hike. Did it clockwise but thought it’d be better counter-clockwise in future. Wet & plenty of stream crossing; gaiters a bonus.

2 months ago

Great hike nice and sold

3 months ago

We did this hike in reverse. Going past the waterfall first. It was magnificent since we have had so much rain. We climbed up after the reservoir and headed down past the viewpoints. View of NYC is amazing. Leaves were just past prime but still very enjoyable. We ended by walking around Scarlet Pond, adding just a little distance to finish up.

3 months ago

Some really nice views for an easier hike thats on the shorter end, plus Cactus Ledge was a cool anomaly. Was pretty busy in the beginning but the crowds dwindled the further we got into the trail. Great Beginner hike to take first-timers or your friends/family on.

Reasonably well maintained trails but poorly marked for sure. Keep a close eye on you map during this hike or you’ll end up off trail pretty easily. Trail offers some nice foliage and a couple of nice views at the end, but really mostly just forest the whole way.

What's never been mentioned is the .8 mile walk just to enter the woods. Parking may be a problem as well at the train station just to get started too. I did an out and back hike to the Den which was very impressive. The views are nice but not anywhere near as spectacular as "Almost Perpendicular" the view on the way overlooking the town of Tuxedo was decent as well. Trails marked well and definitely a nice hike.

Overall we had a good hike. I will explain why only 3 stars below. The entrance to the park is not clearly labeled. If not for the smoky the bear fire level we would have drove right on by. Tip: entrance is after Ramapo College and has a stone entrance way. Comes up quick if coming from Rt. 17. Parking is free.

There were lots of people walking dogs and small children, which I have nothing against just felt a little stressed at first when hiking is supposed to be the opposite.

However, once we got to the Vista Loop trail (Yellow), the crowd subsided and we finally had the trail to ourselves. Parts of the yellow trail and tough. High inclines and slippery rocks. Hawks Rock is nice. Cactus viewpoint is basically the same as Hawks Rock. Ridgeview is cool mainly due to the fact you can see NYC is the far distance.

We didnt end up completing the entire Vista Loop because of the limited day light but overall what we did wasnt anything more than 3 stars.

We did see some deer which was cool and ended up getting pretty close to them while then fed.

Happy trails!

An ok trail there was not much of a scenery just a long trail walk. The trail marks need to be more clear we had to stop a couple of times trying to figure out where the marks are.

I love this trail. It follows the stream to a beautiful waterfall. After the waterfall it follows the stream up to the second lake than u can take the trail around the lake. Haven’t finished the entire trail , but I plan on it very soon. What a great trail

4 months ago

love love love this hike! if you’re looking to reach the den without taking the entire loop, follow the loop clockwise and split to the .4 mile shortcut after the .5 mile stretch. out & back is only 2 miles,and atop the den it’s super peaceful with stunning views. awesome for a sunrise hike because of the short distance from trailhead

Beautiful fall views

5 months ago

Nothing special. Free parking, Google maps directions are confusing at the very entrance - google insists you make a right turn where there is a sign ‘no entry’ so that you continue driving down Route 202 for couple more miles.
The hike itself is crowded at the beginning, right off the parking lot. There is no ranger station or visitor center, so get your maps before you start. Or take a picture of a map on the parking lot. There are a lot of trails, so you can make your own route, adjusting the length. There are quite a few dogs on the trial that are let off leash, so just be careful. The Bear Swamp Lake at the middle of the loop is pretty much a swamp covered with lots of water lilies. It’s technically a lake but it’s swampy and breeds gazillions of mosquitoes. Don’t you even consider going without a bug spray- you’d be eaten alive. Bring a bug spray with you as well - we had to apply it several times during the hike. There are 2 other lakes on the trail that are in a better condition.
There are couple of interesting places that look like cabin ruins around the lake with chimneys and some walls. We had lunch at one of those. But that is pretty much it. All trails are well marked and easy to follow and well maintained for the most part.

nice hike but like most got lost and ended hiking 12 miles. drag hill was exhausting in full sun but teddy of hike was moderate in the shade. Did it clock wise, trails around three camp were non existing. I was with my dog and didn't see any humans between first and last 30 minutes.

I give this a 4 but it’s all relative. It’s not a 4 like In the adks or whites but it’s a lovely little hike. Easy side of moderate. Did as a Test run with a loaded backpack (sleeping bag, lots of fluids). Really nice flora, fungi etc to look at. Soft, gently rolling terrain. Like
Other Harriman hikes the intersections are ridiculous with 3+ trails cross crossing all over the place.

Great trail

5 months ago

The good. very well maintained with some decent views and well marked. Trails markers easily seen and signs posted where other trails meet up to give you an approximate distance back to the parking lot and to other hiking trails. The bad, they should however rename it to an all terrain hike in the mall. On a Thursday not exaggerating ive must have seen and past at least 50 people with dogs and of course dog poop. Busiest trail ive seen in 2 years of hiking.

6 months ago

Nice hike. Well marked up until the bear swamp lake, at which point the directions on map seem to go off the trail and across a small mountain. I stuck to a trail that went around that mountain to the left. that part of the hike was the least interesting to me, and with a missed turn it ended up being just under an 11 mile hike for me. Looking back, I think you'd be better off taking the path to the right of the mountain where the directions go off the trail. All all it was a nice hike.

Holy mosquitos

Take the green trail top the top... see the cacti...

6 months ago

Was hard in the begging but great hike

Awesome hike, a little strenuous at times but nothing crazy. No scrambling needed. Contrary to other reviews, I found it relatively easy to find the way. A couple wrong turns here and there but you quickly realize it. Minor inconvenience for a great hike. Beautiful views towards the top and varying fauna throughout make it consistently interesting. I brought my dog who has unlimited energy and he had an amazing time. Although it says dogs on leash, once I got past the first lake at the base I let him off and didn’t see a single person until I got back 9 miles later, no issues. I did pass a kids day camp (?) in the middle of the hike, was quite confused by that. The old castle ruins were very cool, but be careful of poison ivy. I will likely be getting a rash soon :/ The bugs can get pretty bad, I went right after a storm so they were probably worse than usual. Spider webs abound, just don’t hug the trees and stay aware and you won’t walk through too many. You pass by quite a few untouched lakes with nice display of wildlife. A couple were even nice enough for my dog and I to take a swim. Would definitely recommend

This beautiful trail was a bit confusing to maneuver, but was still enjoyable. The view of Bear Swamp Lake was picturesque, and the unmarked trails were fun to navigate. We saw various kinds of wildlife as well. Bug spray is needed.

Very good workout. We walked whole loop and enjoyed most of it. We were attacked by flies by Bear Swamp Lake. It was so many of them that we almost ran.

My pups 1st walk & she had a blast in the lake & river

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