Overlook & Hoeferlin Loop

MODERATE 41 reviews

Overlook & Hoeferlin Loop is a 3.1 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Oakland, New Jersey that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail is primarily used for hiking and canoeing and is accessible year-round. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

DISTANCE
3.1 miles
ELEVATION GAIN
557 feet
ROUTE TYPE
Loop

dog friendly

hiking

paddle sports

forest

lake

views

wildlife

Some nice views and varied terrain A very nice hike on two of the lesser used trails in this popular park. Start out blue blazed McEvoy Trail. Reaching the dam, bear left on the yellow blazed Hoeferlin Trail. Continue on the dirt road and leave the crowds behind by turning left where the Hoeferlin joins the red blazed) Lookout Trail (the second left). Here the trail has both red and yellow blazes. The trail begins a short climb to a scenic rocky overlook. After the overlook, the trail descends through a stand of mt. laurel. Soon you'll pass through an area that's been heavily damaged by gypsy moths. Most of the trees here are dead, giving this section a somewhat haunting look. After passing through another stand of mt. laurel, the red and yellow trails split. Turn left on the red blazed Lookout Trail. There will be some short ascents and descents as it crosses a few small ridges. The trail then descends gently and ends near the dam. From here, retrace your steps to your car.

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1 month ago

Great hike. Many positives. Lots of blueberry bushes along the hike. Very rocky, lots of boulders to climb over. Not many scenic views on the red path, but it gets better on the red/yellow path. Trails are marked well, and there were plenty of other trails to try. Ample parking.

2 months ago

This is my favorite trail in the area. Well marked and great views. I love the beginning of the trail along the stream.

hiking
5 months ago

Awesome trail see video below of our winter hike)

https://youtu.be/pW2SVJt4xZs

hiking
8 months ago

Lovely, and saw some huge deer!

11 months ago

A lot of trails available for all levels, that are easily marked. Pretty lake. If you climb up the white trail you can find a really old castle from 1900. Ok for dogs.

Sunday, July 23, 2017

What a good workout and beautiful scenery!

Thursday, January 19, 2017

Fun hike. A few very small scrambles to keep a beginner happy. Nice views.

Saturday, December 03, 2016

Nice walk with views

Tuesday, November 01, 2016

easy hike with some nice overlook views. lake is beautiful

Wednesday, September 14, 2016

I love this hike. Allows you to
get away into some of least traveled parts of the park. Great with dogs too !

hiking
Sunday, April 17, 2016

Great all around hike! Beautiful views!

Thursday, April 14, 2016

Great for kids

hiking
Thursday, October 17, 2013

Great hike. Awesome views. Very well marked. Note 99% of the markers are red reflectors, but keep your eyes open for the occasional dark red spray paint on a rock/tree. Highly recommended.

hiking
Thursday, June 20, 2013

Good hike, great views!

hiking
Sunday, September 09, 2012

Great hike in Ramapo State Forest. One of the hills on the hike is a little steep and rocky but the hike is a moderate one. The views of Ramapo lake are great. Sit and take a rest on the rocks and enjoy the views of the lake. A favorite in Ramapo forest for me and one that I hike often.

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Tuesday, July 31, 2012

It's nice and quiet.mi love the trees.

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recorded Ramapo State Forest, NJ

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