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Ramapo Mountain
State Forest

Bergen and Passaic Counties

Mailing Address:
c/o Ringwood State Park
1304 Sloatsburg Rd.
Ringwood, NJ 07456-1799
(973) 962-7031

GPS Coordinates
41° 01’ 58.10” N 74° 15' 06.57" W

Size: 4,269 acres

Fees: No entrance fee.
Link to the Related Fees page

Take Route 287 to exit 57, follow Skyline Drive to parking lot on the left

Facilities & Activities:
  • Trails
  • Fishing
  • Hunting
  • Canoeing
  • Birdwatching
  • Cannonball Trail Footbridge
  • Winter sports:
    ice fishing, cross-country skiing


  • Hiking
  • Horseback riding
  • Mountain biking




This hilly forest is a sanctuary for wildlife. Hikers and mountain bikers enjoy miles of challenging trails. Many trails offer a view of the New York City skyline. Birdwatchers are attracted to the forest for its ponds, streams and marshes that provide the perfect habitat for bird and other wildlife species. The forest borders the Ramapo Mountain Reservation, which is part of the Bergen County Park System.

Keep Your Forest Clean

Through the Carry-In/Carry-Out Program you can help us keep your parks clean and beautiful by carrying out the trash you carry in. Bags are provided throughout the site. Thank you for your cooperation and remember to recycle.

Park Hours

Open daily sunrise to sunset.

Park Map

Ramapo Mountain State Forest Area Map

Ramapo Mountain State Forest Trail Map

Park Advisory

Attention Visitors:

The parking area and trail access point located on Barbara Drive within Town of Pompton Lakes has been closed by the property owner.  Trail users are no longer able to access the South Ridge or Cannonball Trails from this area.  Visitors are encouraged to utilize the parking area on Pool Hollow Road or either of the established parking areas on Skyline Drive.  For more information please contact the Ringwood State Park Office at (973) 962-7031.

Ramapo Lake Natural Area (1,417 acres)

This natural area offers spectacular views from numerous rock outcroppings and ledges and rewards those who accept the challenge of the winding hiking trails and rocky terrain that comprise most of the site. A 120-acre clearwater mountain lake provides an excellent spot for fishing and birdwatching. There is no swimming permitted in this lake. The area is open every day from 8 am to 8 pm.

Special Use Permit Application

Special Use Permit Application Package

A Special Use Permit is utilized to accommodate a specific activity or event being conducted over a short duration. There are two types of special use permits: Non-Commercial and Commercial and fees are based on NJ residency and Non-residents.  A completed application must be submitted to the park/forest area where the activity or event is being held at least 90 days prior to the event. If the special use or event is extremely large or complex, at least one-year’s prior notice is recommended.


An system of marked hiking and multi use trails are available for the public to explore. These trails offer visitors opportunities to hike interior woodlands and rocky vistas.

The multi use trails are suitable for hiking, mountain biking, and cross country skiing. Please obey all designated uses of the trails, posted at the trail heads and trail crossings.

Please note that trail difficulty ratings are opinion only. All trail mileages represent only the portion of the trail that goes through Ramapo Mountain State Forest, and complete trail lengths could be longer, therefore a topgraphical trail map is recommended for navigation of the trails. Maps may be purchased in the Ringwood State Park office (973-962-7031) or through the New York - New Jersey Trail Conference.

Ramapo Mountain State Forest Trail Map

LENGTH (miles)
Cannonball (Red blazes)
6.0 miles
Castle Point (White blazes)
1.0 miles
Hoeferlin (Yellow blazes)
6.0 miles
4.0 miles
Lookout (Red blazes)
1.5 miles
MacEvoy (Blue blazes)
2.5 miles
Ringwood-Ramapo (Red blazes)
2.5 miles
Road to Lake
1.0 miles
Todd (White blazes)
1.5 miles

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State Park Service areas open to hunting for 2015-2016

Hunting is permitted in designated areas within the park and is subject to Division of Fish and Wildlife regulations.


Questions regarding our parks and forests can be directed to
Michele Buckley of the State Park Service.


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Last Updated: October 20, 2015

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