Ramapo Valley County Reservation Ramapo Reservation

Oakland, New Jersey

5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars5 out of 5 stars
1 Review
5 out of 5
Ramapo Valley County Reservation boasts more than two hundred species of birds, but there’s more here than the songs of warblers, mockingbirds, and woodpeckers. There are also the cool, shaded hillsides and ridges filled with majestic trees—flowering dogwood, mountain laurel, and pink azalea. The hike, with many ups and downs, leads past numerous scenic spots including Scarlet Oak Pond, the Ramapo River, and the MacMillan Reservoir. Originally purchased from the Native Americans in 1700, this land had been the site of a farm, a gristmill, sawmill, and a bronze foundry, before being purchased with state and federal funding by the Bergen County Park Commission in 1972. Sturdy shoes are best for negotiating this rocky terrain.

Ramapo Valley County Reservation: Ramapo Reservation Professional Review and Guide

"Ramapo Valley County Reservation boasts more than two hundred species of birds, but there’s more here than the songs of warblers, mockingbirds, and woodpeckers. There are also the cool, shaded hillsides and ridges filled with majestic trees—flowering dogwood, mountain laurel, and pink azalea. The hike, with many ups and downs, leads past numerous scenic spots including Scarlet Oak Pond, the Ramapo River, and the MacMillan Reservoir.

Originally purchased from the Native Americans in 1700, this land had been the site of a farm, a gristmill, sawmill, and a bronze foundry, before being purchased with state and federal funding by the Bergen County Park Commission in 1972. Sturdy shoes are best for negotiating this rocky terrain."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Oakland
Distance: 5
Elevation Gain: 600 feet
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Moderate
Duration: Day Hike
Season: Dawn to dusk
Local Contacts: Rampo Valley County Reservation
Driving Directions: Directions to Ramapo Valley County Reservation: Ramapo Reservation

Recent Trail Reviews

8/8/2008
0

I found this park while on a business trip looking for hiking trails to run/walk/jog, I came across this little gem.. My first time out, I followed the trails past the reservoir and went west, on the south side of rocky mountain almost all the way back to Camp Yaw Paw.. unfortunately, I had to turn back due to a quick moving thunderstorm obscured by rocky mountain (note: check the radar before you leave ;) ) and ultimately had to hold out under a bridge due to the volume of rain. There are tons of trails, scenic views, water crossings, a few waterfalls, etc. Many photo ops, lots of quiet places to relax and aside from a couple horseflies, the bugs were not an issue at all. The second trip out, we went down several different trails and saw some of the ruins on the south end and the overlook east of monroe ridge (great view!).. I hope I get an opportunity to travel back here because I will definitely make time to hit this trail again!



Trail Photos

Nearby Trails

Activity Feed

May 2018