Ramapo Mountain State Forest, Oakland

#25 of 55 in Nature in New Jersey
Must see · Mountain · Hidden Gem · Forest
Ramapo Mountain State Forest is a 4,200 acres (17 km2) state forest in Bergen and Passaic Counties in New Jersey. The park is operated and maintained by the New Jersey Division of Parks and Forestry.

The park offers hiking, hunting, canoeing, fishing (including ice fishing), cross-country skiing, horseback riding and mountain biking. Several trails lead to views of the New York City skyline. The 1,417 acres (5.73 km2) Ramapo Lake Natural Area within the park has several trails to excellent views from rock outcroppings and ledges. A 120-acre (0.5 km2) mountain lake provides fishing and birdwatching (but no swimming).

The forest borders the Ramapo Valley County Reservation, a part of the Bergen County park system, and Ringwood State Park in Bergen and Passaic counties. It is part of a trail system which runs along the ridge of the Ramapo Mountains north through Mahwah, New Jersey and into Rockland County, New York.

The forest contains the ruins of Van Slyke Castle, a popular destination for hikers.

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  • Get to the parking lot very early or very late as it can become traffic jam. We went at likely the most ideal time of year when the whether was still hot, but the leaves were starting to change...  more »
  • The “Yellow and Cannonball” trail loop - very nice first half, climbing west and north to the beautiful views of the lakes and mountain ranges from the mountain-top rim. Views onto the lakes continue....  more »
  • Great hiking trails! I went in the winter and it was still beautiful and fun.
  • Love this place...can spend hours or days and still not see it all. Massive place. Always finding something new I haven't seen. Fishing on the lake. Abandoned cars in the wood's off trails. Jump offs. Cliff faces. Places to free climb. Little houses. Watch tower. I could go on and on. Parking gets tight on nice days but there are a few lots going up the mountain.

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