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Quite a few trail options and nice scenic views

Went with two kids—8 and 6–They got a little bored while we stuck to the road, but when we went off the road and on some actual trails or climbing over some of the many rocks scattered along the hills, they enjoyed themselves. Haven’t made it all the way around loop yet. Will probably have to do it without kids.

Hiked as a stewardship trip for Blue Friday with Campmor and NYNJ Trails yesterday! Nice initial incline and with the rest of the trail being very reasonable. Went with 12 year olds, dogs, and a mixed group. Nice views of the valley! Kudos to hikers for keeping it clean, we picked up less garbage than I thought we would!

Awesome hiking trail in NJ! Great views!! Challenging with some climbing and perfect distance!

Nice trail for beginners. Need people to clean up after themselves.

Great place for the sunrise or sunset. If you want really nice views and a slightly challenging hike take tower trail. It’s about halfway up the mountain on the right hand side. Highly recommend this trail for sunrises cause you can climb up the steps of the fire tower ( you can’t go into the actual tower you can only be on the stairs) and the view is phenomenal. There’s no trees obstructing the views whereas up at the pavilion you can’t see the sunrise as easily due to all the trees. The sunset you can see Perfectly from the pavilion which is a little disappointing considering it’s called sunrise mountain so you’d figure the sunrise would be just as unobstructed as the sunset is. If you want an even more challenging hike take the Appalachian trail from the Culver’s gap parking lot it runs parallel to the road. There’s lots of other little trails that branch off the road too that I recommend checking out

Great running trail. I wouldn’t rate this trail as easy with the steep elevation changes

nice path and some good views. A little too close to highway, would have been nice if trail ran along ledge.

This place is incredible! Been here numerous times. I have hiked all trails in all seasons. Best hiking by far in New Jersey. I have been to many trails in south and central and west nj. This place has all types of trails. Great workout trails that last hours and small easy quick ones to take in the scenery. Great for dogs and kids. Drive two hrs every other weekend to get here and it's worth it. Make sure you arrive early in weekend before 930am. This place gets tons of visitors and the lot is jammed packed. Beautiful streams and waterfalls and overlooks and lakes. Plan accordingly if you take deep long hike. Never go off trail ticks snakes and getting lost can be avoided if planned and prepared.

Note; if your taking rt 17 as if aug 27th road blocked but there is a detour.

Perfect if you just want to see the wooded outdoors. This path has 2 lakes for you to lookout on. Also features a beautiful waterfall. I know somewhere in the park you can go swimming near the waterfall. Also bring your dog if you can. There are tons of people with their dogs on this trail. Also its pretty well made for strollers too. Just be prepared for the big inclines while making your way up to the big lake.

I was directed to park at the Fort Lee historical museum. I did not see signs to the Long Trail from where I parked.

Lots of free parking and easy trail signs.
The lower loop of the park around the lake is great for an easy stroll and great view. The trial to the top has some s steep parts but it's manageable. The trail has great views of the stream leading down the mountain. Lots of dogs along the way and stroller friendly

Great trail the trial gets steep but I got a running stroller up the hill.
Lots of water falls and small animals along the way.
Great way to spend about 2-3 hours

Wholy bugs! Tried to take the songbird trail and had to bail at about 3 miles. I had swords of bugs all over me from the first step out of my car all the way. It was so miserable. I couldn't stop to take pictures because every time I would get bit. I wish I could say it was nice but didn't really see anything because of the swords of bugs around me I couldn't get them off. Horrible wish I could have enjoyed the wildlife.

8 months ago

Great place for a hike! starts off moderate level and then once you hit the loop it's easy. Brought our dog and had a blast

Awesome... bring plenty of bug protection...great trail but if I wasn't prepared it might of been my last hike... lol

Did the Yellow trial counter clockwise to the reservoir then the blue trail back. Three good views in 3.3 miles. Good with kids.

Not bad for a early morning hike, it was a good small workout and nice views easy to navigate

we went sunday and was pretty quiet, very easy and friendly, we met 3 young deers. we did only part of it but was very nice and with beautiful views.

Would have been great to know that the trail is closed for "dangerous conditions" before driving there.

10 months ago

Considering Sterling Forest is not that far away, you're better off going there. Ramapo is okay but it's too close to highways and flight paths, if a little tranquility and distance from man-made noises is important to you.

Great view along the entire hike. The paths were hard to follow.

Ran the whole 7 mile loop. Did not disappoint!!!

Variety of trail difficulties

Often crowded

No cave, no waterfall, basically just the lake. Lots of people at beginning and end of the trails since it is connected with the easy ones.

Let me start off by saying that I love dogs and am a former dog owner.

Now on to the review. Nice place to hike and fish but like has been stated before...too many people and WAY, WAY too many dogs, a good number of which are unleashed. Ramapo Reservation is for all intents and purposes a large dog park.

Overall I felt unsafe there with my young children due to the excessive number of dogs. I am surprised the NJ Park Services do not enforce leash laws at such a crowded park.

It is best to use this trail during the week as opposed to the weekends because it will get crowded quickly.

Overall it's a lovely trail!

Great place in the Bergen County area to go day hiking. Dog friendly and easily accessible. Many trails to choose from, some of which are easy, and some that are more difficult. I have been going here for 25 years now, and it is never boring no matter what season.

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