Ramapo Mountain State Forest, Oakland

4.9
#24 of 56 in Nature in New Jersey
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.
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  • 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 »
  • Love it here. Used to hike to the castle years ago but brought my sister, 12 year old son and 2 nephews today for a hike. We started at the lower lot and took the blue along the lake, through a...  more »
  • I've driven past the parking lots for years, and finally got together with friends for an afternoon hike. From the upper lot on Skyline drive we were able to get to the Van Slyke ruins and the...  more »
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  • 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.
  • Located in four NJ Municipalities, Ramapo Mountain State Forest contains various trails geared towards hikers and bikers. The trails range from easy to challenging. Make sure to stop by and enjoy the spectacular Ramapo Lake. If you are more adventurous, hike up and visit the ruins of Foxcroft or the Van Slyke Castle, which was built in 1910 by William Porter. Watch out for mountain bikers.
  • Great location accessible from both Hiking Trail Parking Area along Skyline Drive and Back Beach Park in Wanaque. It has several trails with scenic views. If you walk down to Ramapo Lake from the roadside parking area along Skyline Drive, you can have access to several trails, one of which leads to the famous Van Slyke Castle or " Castle Ruins."
  • Great place nice trails did the castle ruin trail, great
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