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

1 month ago

It was ok. Easy. I went with my 14 year old and 9 year old and they never complained. Well marked trail for first 2/3rds. Then lost the trail when it split and walked an extra 1/2 mike before we realized we were off path. Backtracked and saw a split but no white marker. Went up the split about a 100 ft or so and then saw the white markers. From there we were fine. I would do it again with little people. Close to the road in a stretch which was kinda annoying.

3 months ago

Hiked this after work and in a dress and sneakers—took probably around 1.5 hours, white trail the whole time. Really pretty. Didn’t see many vistas (two, but obscured) but I didn’t go off trail much because I was racing darkness so there might have been more. Overall really happy I did it.

on Shephard's Pond Loop

nature trips
4 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.

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.

Did this one again. its actually 2.6 miles nice views and id rate it as moderate.

9 months ago

Okay easy hike, well marked, and some pretty views of the lake.

10 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.

11 months ago

Very serene and simple hike. Multiple lookouts and opportunities to soak in the reservoir.

Went kayaking soon after.

Very nice. Botanical gardens are beautiful.

Monday, August 07, 2017

Nice easy trail and we'll marked

Wednesday, July 19, 2017

Once we found the trail markers it was a nice hike up hill, after rounding the lake it was a mellow trip back !!

Sunday, July 16, 2017

We started at the other boat launch and headed up the trail/road then took the white/silver trail. A few steep parts but beautiful woods and we saw no one else on the trail this morning. Would def do it again.

Sunday, July 16, 2017

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.

Saturday, June 10, 2017

Myself and the wife. Amazing view from the top !

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!

Monday, February 20, 2017

When the trail first splits from the parking lot, if you have kids, go left and follow the trail around. It's easier. Great hike!

Friday, October 28, 2016

Great easy hike, this time of year the leaves blanket the trails so the hardest part of the hike was judging your footing. Aside from that, the ground on inclines especially is very stable. Great quiet hike.

Saturday, July 09, 2016


Tuesday, June 14, 2016

Been here many times already and its one of my favorite places for kayaking, Great scenery and the flooded forrest as I call it with its white dead trees gives you that creepy feeling and we've seen alot of wildlife, Im not to sure about the fishing, so far haven't caught anything larger than 6 inches or so, now lets not forget the people that come here are really nice and friendly.

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

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.

paddle sports
Sunday, July 05, 2015

Monksville Resovoir is an excellent place for Kayaking, took my family there and spent 5 hours enjoying this place.

Beautiful scenery, alot of wild life and one of my favorites it the is the flooded forest as I will call it with its many dead trees.

The people best of all are awesome!

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

Monday, May 27, 2013

Great spot for kayaking and fishing, got to keep and eye for stomps near shore, may want to go really early in the morning at 6:00 am in summer time, overall a beautiful spot!!

Tuesday, September 18, 2012

Stumpy in spots, but a great paddle. Often referred to as skunksville by unlucky fishermen, the spot is known for its bass and muskies.

paddle sports
Monday, March 07, 2011

This reservoir, close to our home, is one of my and my wife's favorite places to kayak. It is easy, even if you choose to kayak around the whole reservoir. The wind can make the chop challenging on rare occasions. You will see other kayakers, canoeists and fisherpeople - and even the odd racing scull - but the reservoir is big enough that you don't feel crowded. For an interesting trip when the water height allows, go from the kayak launch site, through the dead trees left from the reservoir's creation, and go a short way up the stream to visit the Longpond Ironworks. This, of course, requires a maneuverable craft, preferably under 10' long - not a seak kayak.

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