Ramapo Park

Oakland, New Jersey

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Ramapo Park is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Oakland, New Jersey. It is 1.1 miles long and begins at 837 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 2.3 miles with a total elevation gain of 335 feet.
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Ramapo Park is a hiking, biking, and horse trail in Oakland, New Jersey. It is 1.1 miles long and begins at 837 feet altitude. Traveling the entire trail is 2.3 miles with a total elevation gain of 335 feet. This trail connects with the following: Yellow Trail and H-Trail Bypass.
Activity Type: Hiking, Horseback Riding, Mountain Biking, Road Biking, Trail Running, Walking
Nearby City: Oakland
Distance: 1.1
Elevation Gain: 335 feet
Trailhead Elevation: 837 feet
Top Elevation: 841 feet
Driving Directions: Directions to Ramapo Park
Elevation Min/Max: 555/841 ft
Elevation Start/End: 837/837 ft
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While hiking Ramapo Lake’s perimeter, you might see muskrat, which Dutch settlers referred to as the “rote,” or rat. About the size of a cat, this furry brown mammal makes a roundish house of cattails and grasses in the water and can sometimes be seen prowling around the water’s edge for turtles, fish, and various water plants.

For a short period, you’ll be hiking the historic Cannonball Trail, a secret route through the Ramapo Mountains that was used during the Revolutionary War to transport cannonballs that had been cast in local furnaces.

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This rather challenging hike packs a lot into a loop. Tramp past the photogenic ruins of Van Slyke Castle and the stone water tower. Edge Ramapo Lake and climb Castle Point. View the New York City skyline as well as the Watchung Mountains and the Wyanokie Plateau. There are two steady rises on this hike, but it’s well worth the effort.

Our hike in the Ramapos begins on Skyline Drive and rambles down a rocky, old woods road, the Hoeferlin Memorial Trail. Bill Hoeferlin was a pioneering North Jersey trail builder and mapmaker; thus the honor of having the trail named after him is deserved. Reaching Ramapo Lake near its spillway, we follow an old road along the shore.

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The Cannonball Trail was the secret route used by the Continental Army for transporting munitions cast at Pompton Furnace. The trail takes you atop the ridges of the Ramapo Mountains, where you’ll stand beside a huge boulder, known as an erratic, that was transported here by glaciers thousands of years ago.

Your destination is Erskine Lookout with a terrific view of Lake Erskine and Wanaque Reservoir. An abundance of blueberries to chomp on during late summer is an added bonus, but be certain of what you’re eating. Long pants are in order for this hike; because the trail isn’t used too often, you may be scratched by overgrown blueberry bushes or overhanging poison ivy.

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