Explore the most popular hiking trails in Ringwood State Park with hand-curated trail maps and driving directions as well as detailed reviews and photos from hikers, campers and nature lovers like you.

on Shephard's Pond Loop

nature trips
2 months ago

We stopped here for a picnic and were pleasantly surprised. Really nice picnic area on the pond. The pond had a sand beach. We were there off season but during the summer swimming is allowed. We defiantly are going to check it out in the warmer months.

Nothing extraordinary about the trail, but we only did a portion of it. Didn’t see any bears. Nothing is in bloom yet so all brown hues. Saw two small ponds connected with a culvert.

Nice 3 mike walking trail, with a few creeks to jump over... almost went off the trail a few times tho!

My daughter and I did this with a lot of snow on the ground. Because of that, I suspect it wasn’t as easy as noted. We had to find detours around paths covered in water. The loop was closer to almost 4 miles because of that. Even still, we loved it, though I had some scary moments crossing water.

It was 5.8 miles starting on Morris Rd, not from Trail head. Nice easy hike with beautiful view of the Wanaque Reservoir. Clearly marked with yellow markers.

Beautiful fall foliage.

A crowded trail for sure. Came across a pack of about 20 hikers all going up to Mt Defiance. Not one of my favorites but ill return just for the summit.

hiking
8 months ago

Its an easy 2.3 mile loop from starting at Carletondale Rd. Stay on yellow and it easily loops with only one moderate climb.

Very nice. Botanical gardens are beautiful.

didn't go

hiking
11 months ago

Nice easy trail and well marked. A bit wet/muddy in spots but we had a lot of rain the previous day but wear good hiking boots to keep dry. I took two of my kids and they handled it fine. Also $5 to get in for NJ residents and $7 for out of state.

hiking
11 months ago

Very nice, and lightly challenging, hiking. Mostly good footing and nothing too steep. Beautiful surroundings. Lots more trails than what is shown. We changed trails to reduce the hike to 4.3 miles. There are signs everywhere stating that dogs are not allowed, but once you get to one of the trail head parking areas you can bring dogs. Dogs are not allowed in the other, more groomed areas. Also, during the warm seasons there is an entrance fee of $7 per car for non-NJ residents and $5 for residents. Well worth it. This is an excellent park for bikers as well.

NOTE: All Trails always comes out significantly shorter, if you track yourself, than my Garmin hiker's GPS. On this hike AT measured 3.8 mi, Garmin measured 4.3. I believe Garmin to be correct.

hiking
Sunday, April 23, 2017

A fun easy hike, although did come across a mommy bear and two babies which was scary and a little while later another bear! Stay alert, especially this time of the year!

hiking
Friday, March 31, 2017

Thanks

hiking
Monday, July 25, 2016

Fun hike, minus the gnats and skeeters! Met a bear in the blueberry bushes by Ilgenstein Rock. The trails are well marked and maintained.

hiking
Wednesday, July 20, 2016

We started out in Parking lot A at the Botanical Garden because there was only one lifeguard at Shepard's Lake and they had closed the parking lot. It was a little difficult to see where the trails started, but finally we found a white trail (crossover trail) which hooked into a red trail (Ringwood Ramapo trail) to an orange trail (shepard lake loop). Our goal was to get in a swim that day, so we hiked to the lake and back. Okay first off, insect repellent is a must. They were intense. Positives: The scenic overlooks were pretty. The trails (they're not paths, they're real trails) are well maintained, well-marked, good amount of elevation, fairly strenuous workout. The Negatives: Skeet shooting range! UGH. It was always in earshot and it really put a damper on the afternoon. We also couldn't figure out how to get down to swim in the lake (until after we'd already breaked for lunch and were on our way home). Such a bummer. The route back was via a mountain bike path off the lake to the road. We had a strenuous day and didn't feel like much of a hike back. There's also a funky man made beach on the lake. The property is a lovely botanical garden. If not for the skeet range, I would definitely do more hikes around here. Right on the NY/NJ border, just south of the more heavily trafficked Harriman.

Sunday, May 15, 2016

The trails are nicely marked but this red infinity loop covers multiple trails - not many views and not too strenuous. You need a map or to use your phone but no maps at the trail head

walking
Wednesday, May 04, 2016

Nice place for a walk/hike except for the noise of the skeet shooting range on property:(

I walk here regularly and find all seasons to be enjoyable !

Awesome! My friends aren't avid outdoorsy people but we also didn't want a basic trail path either. We took the red dotted trail and it brought us up in to different elevations and a more scenic route that we thoroughly enjoyed.

hiking
Sunday, March 20, 2016

The trail head is a little difficult you find but once you're on it, it's yellow the whole time. It was clearly marked and the summit has a beautiful view of the Wanaque Reservoir. It was a little longer than listed also. My map my hike put it closer to 8 miles.

hiking
Saturday, March 12, 2016

Great woods. Very rocky trails, so wear appropriate shoes. Not too difficult although we didn't have any maps, none at the trail heads at all. You have to keep an eye out for the trail markers or you can get off the trail. We accidentally went off trail, but found our way back quickly. This time of year (late winter) the trees and brushes are obviously bare, no leaves, no greenery, so the trails are harder to determine because everything looks more open. Still very beautiful and nice workout. We ran into quite a few streams and a lake. We had two dogs with us and they had a blast.

hiking
Friday, December 11, 2015

We had a team of four much mature men, I was the youngest at 54 and the next in age was 74 to 83, wow, these guys can hike the packs off, we had a great time, the scenic view was majestic and the hike down this ridge was somewhat challenging.

Hard is definitely a relative term, when I'm used to hiking in NH. Park in the 2nd parking lot; the trail head is the one nearest to the road. The bridge at the beginning of the trail is closed, so be careful crossing the stream, as the bigger rocks are not as stable as you would expect. This is the order of the markers I followed: red&white, yellow, blue, blue/red&white, and finally red&white. If you're looking for a place to practice with packs before a longer/more intense hike, this would be a good spot. If you're looking for a challenging hike with rewarding views, look elsewhere.

Great all round trails, with easy access and difficult to get lost in. Lots of interesting spots with wonderful views.

hiking
Tuesday, June 24, 2014

I did some of these trails carrying my 30lb two year old in a back pack today. They were decent as I'm not a beginner but don't usually carry the baby. Definitely wear thick soled hiking shoes as you will come across rocky paths. The trails are marked well although there is no explanation as to where each leads. A map on the trail heads would be nice. Otherwise, my GPS served me well. Beautiful view of Ringwood lake. Will definitely do again sometime soon.

hiking
Thursday, August 01, 2013

Remember bug spray!

hiking
Monday, October 08, 2012

Completed the Ringwood Ramapo Loop (Ringwood-Ramapo/Hoeferlin /Pierson Ridge Trails Loop from Skylands Manor). This is a complex series of trails all intertwined throughout Ringwood Start Park.

Our goal was to complete the 10'r named We had a difficult time locating the trail head and given the alternatives for parking once in Skylands Manor, I am not sure why the recommendation was made to park at Parking Lot A when B & C are much closer to the start. None the less, it was a great hike.

The Crossover Trail is actually an awesome Mtn Bike trail but the constant switchbacks, which make it interesting on a bike, grew tedious on foot.

We were on Ringwood-Ramapo Trail for quite a while and actually considered turning around because our return time was making available light a concern. This is also a Mtn Bike trail. We ultimate found the return leg, Hoeferlin Memorial Trail with little issue.. it was just a few hundred yards east of Ringwood-Ramapo Trail.

Hoeferlin Memorial Trail is a foot trail (though there was clear evidence of bicycle traffic having come through frequently. It was much more difficult to hike than the earlier sections.

The connection for Halifax Trail wasn't clearly marked and we missed it.. this cost us a few miles off track and we had to blaze to get back to a marked trail.

All in all, a great trail. Limited views. Well kept. We had some light rain and it was quite humid under the canopy of trees.

mountain biking
Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Ringwood Sate Park is located 20 minutes from my home. It offers every possible activity you can imagine including a shooting range. I love to mountain bike at Ringwood because of the vast network of trails. Check out a recent video I made which gives you a good look at the park. http://vimeo.com/24952135

hiking
Sunday, March 06, 2011

There are several nice trails here. You get scenery and history, and the park includes the NJ State Botanical Gardens.

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