Ramapo Park and Cannonball Trail

MODERATE 233 reviews

Ramapo Park and Cannonball Trail is a 5.3 mile moderately trafficked loop trail located near Oakland, New Jersey that features a lake and is rated as moderate. The trail offers a number of activity options and is best used from March until October. Dogs are also able to use this trail.

5.3 miles
797 feet

dog friendly

kid friendly



nature trips

trail running





wild flowers



Take the blue blazed McEvoy Trail from parking lot. The trail climbs to Ramapo Lake where it joins a paved park road as it skirts the lake then turns north. The trail leaves the road at a sharp bend. Stay on road for about 50 yards and take the white blazed Castle Point Trail and begin a short, steep climb. At the top are some interesting ruins and outstanding views. Continue on the trail along ridge. The trail then descends, crosses a stream and turns uphill where it joins another park road and ends at Skyline Drive. Cross Skyline and take red blazed Cannonball Trl. Then a quick right onto the yellow blazed Hoeferlin Trail. Follow trail until it reaches Skyline Dr again and catch the white blazed Todd Trail by the Camp Tamarack sign. The Todd turns west into the woods and eventually joins a gravel camp road for a short distance, then turns south and reaches another outstanding overlook. Continue on Todd, across Skyline again and back to McEvoy. Left on MacEvoy to car.

23 days ago

Loved this trail. We did it in last week in winter. Will do it again in spring, summer and fall for sure!

1 month ago

Pleasant hike, dog friendly, mild incline and right outside nyc. Would definitely go again

2 months ago

I really liked this trail. Going up and down the hills was a workout, but the the landscape was beautiful. There were many good view points, some castle ruins, and a far away view of the NYC skyline that kept this trail interesting.

3 months ago

Hiked in September 2018. The description of the hike doesn’t match the mapped area and trail markers. So we followed the map downloaded from AllTrails and it worked great. I’d say it’s more easy than moderate. There are some nice viewpoints - Castle ruins, a water tower, nice lake, few streams with some waterfalls.
There are 2 parking areas, the one with directions from AllTrails has 2 portapotties. No ranger station, only trailhead with a map posted. Trails are clearly marked. We didn’t get lost as were following the app’s map.
A lot of people with dogs at the beginning of the hike. You can combine trails for various difficulties. Parking is tight but people come in and out all the time, as there are a lot of locals who just come to walk with dogs around the lake.

4 months ago

Pretty and not boring with different terrains

4 months ago

Perfect trail with nice views.
Have an option to combine or switch between trails.

4 months ago

Pretty hike!

4 months ago

5 months ago

Great hike.

5 months ago

Loved the variety of terrain, a lake, castle ruins, views of Wanaque Reservoir and Appalachian foothills from high up near the water tower. This map will help you find your way: NYNJTC_NJParkMaps-RamapoMtn_2015-85x11.pdf

6 months ago

beautiful, but the trail markings need work.

6 months ago

pretty good views. nice stream, good lake. the trails should be better marked, we ended up cutting off a third of the hike before we realized it.

7 months ago

Hiked this trail on a Wednesday afternoon. This trail is combination of blue, yellow, white, and red trails. Some parts of the trail are not marked well. Overall it was a decent hike. Lots of flies and frogs. Nice elevation, gets your heart pumping. AllTrails map helped me to find my trail when I didn’t see any trail marks.

7 months ago

Nice place with good decent elevations. Not good trail marks. Easy to get lost. Have offline maps

9 months ago

One of the more interesting trails I’ve hiked to say the least — a combination of roads, sharp inclines boulder scattered trails and even some light rock climbing, as well as a really cool rundown castle at the summit of the hike. My one complaint is that the trail highlighted on this map is not the cannonball trail, but a combination of three. The trails are well marked but you never know which trail you’re actually on. As long as you follow the app’s mapped trail to a T, you should be fine. The views are some of the best in New Jersey.

Saturday, November 25, 2017

Nice hike- good elevation in the beginning to get the heart pumping.

Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Nice, scenic, relaxing. My dog really enjoyed herself.

Friday, October 06, 2017

Easy and scenic! My 5yr old and I took a nice mini-adventure around this beautiful lake.

Saturday, September 30, 2017

I really love this hike- what a pleasant surprise! Such variety in scenery and terrain. A great mix of beauty and challenge for a Saturday morning.

Thursday, August 31, 2017

Sunday, July 30, 2017

Another wonderful hike. Although the hike is pretty easy, it has one of the best views with a gorgeous lake and a ruined castle. Don't miss the castle, the climb is the only time u ll burn ur thighs, although the views from up top are spectacular too.
We started from the skyline drive parking up north, at the Hofferlin trail and came our way down to the lake, before doing a full circle and then the deserted castle and back again. We deviated a lot off the suggested trail but overall a very good experience.

Tuesday, July 18, 2017


Monday, July 10, 2017

This was a great hike. A beautiful lake and plenty of great views. The lily pads and flowers were awesome, we've never seen so many on one pond. The trails were well marked and well maintained although it would have been nice to have a map, we used this app to track and it worked out fine. The State Park should have trash containers in the parking area as there was quite a pile near the trail head. Overall we would come back again, it is great for beginners.

Saturday, July 01, 2017

What a hike!!! Beautiful views, well marked trails and a challenging trek! Not to be missed!!

Monday, June 05, 2017

it's so nice and peaceful. not too crowded. great views​ when you get on the top hill. it was not challenging at all, finished in about an hour and half. I really liked the pattern of trail going up.

Sunday, June 04, 2017

Trail was awesome......the views, the ruins.....everything was better than expected.....I did a few add ons which gave me a nice 10 miles.....I would definitely recommend this trail

Saturday, April 29, 2017

Are there any good trails for biking?

Tuesday, April 25, 2017

Tuesday, April 11, 2017

A great trail for someone looking for a wide variety scenery in a reasonable distance with gentle elevation. I found myself losing the trail frequently due to fallen and missing blazes along with the large number of intersecting trails in such a small region of the park. If you're considering this hike on the weekend, do it early. Parking fills up quick in the nice weather, and stubborn afternooners start to get dangerously creative with where they put their cars.

Monday, April 10, 2017

Nice park, nice views but horrible trail signage or the lack of it, to be exact... You get to the crossroad and have no idea which way to go as there are no signs so please be aware.

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