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 4.5 to 12.9 km and from 80 to 274 meters 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
Area:
1,341 hectares
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(611)
Length: 11.6 km • Est. 3 h 36 m
Ramapo Reservation Loop Trail is a 11.6 kilometer heavily trafficked loop trail located near Mahwah, New Jersey that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking, wShow more
#2 - Vista Loop Trail
Ramapo Valley County Reservation
moderateYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray Star(363)
Length: 5.6 km • 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 pShow more
#3 - Scarlet Oak Pond to MacMilan Reservoir
Ramapo Valley County Reservation
easyYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray Star(186)
Length: 3.9 km • Est. 1 h 10 m
Scarlet Oak Pond to MacMilan Reservoir is a 3.9 kilometer heavily trafficked loop trail located near Mahwah, New Jersey that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily usShow more
#4 - Ramapo Ramble Trail
Ramapo Valley County Reservation
easyYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray Star(189)
Length: 6.6 km • Est. 2 h 8 m
Easy trail over varied terrain, waterfalls, stone ruins. Short bushwack to views Catch orange blazed Schuber Trail in the SW corner of parking lot. It bears left just after crossing the river and folShow more
#5 - MacMillan Reservoir Loop Trail
Ramapo Valley County Reservation
moderateYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray Star(194)
Length: 4.5 km • 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 SShow more
#6 - Ramapo Schuber and Ridge Loop Trail
Ramapo Valley County Reservation
hardYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray Star(125)
Length: 14.3 km • 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, paShow more
#7 - Havemeyer Hollow and Monrae Ridge Loop
Ramapo Valley County Reservation
moderateYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray Star(46)
Length: 6.4 km • Est. 2 h 14 m
Havemeyer Hollow and Monrae Ridge Loop is a 6.4 kilometer lightly trafficked loop trail located near Mahwah, New Jersey that offers the chance to see wildlife. The trail is rated as moderate and primaShow more
#8 - Bear Swamp Lake and Rocky Mountain Loop
Ramapo Valley County Reservation
moderateYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray Star(42)
Length: 12.9 km • Est. 3 h 56 m
Bear Swamp Lake and Rocky Mountain Loop is a 12.9 kilometer lightly trafficked loop trail located near Mahwah, New Jersey that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used forShow more
#9 - Middle Valley Loop
Ramapo Valley County Reservation
easyYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray Star(34)
Length: 6.0 km • Est. 1 h 49 m
Middle Valley Loop is a 6.0 kilometer lightly trafficked loop trail located near Ramsey, New Jersey that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarily used for hiking and ruShow more
#10 - Scarlet Oak Pond Orange and Yellow Loop
Ramapo Valley County Reservation
easyYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarYellow StarGray StarGray Star(29)
Length: 2.6 km • Est. 40 m
Scarlet Oak Pond Orange and Yellow Loop is a 2.6 kilometer moderately trafficked loop trail located near Ramsey, New Jersey that features a lake and is good for all skill levels. The trail is primarilShow more