Governor Mountain

Ringwood, New Jersey

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This lollipop outing epitomizes the “best easy hikes” concept: a gentle ascent through hardwood forest up to a peak of eastern red cedars, moss, and glacial erratics strewn about like children’s oversize blocks. From the ledges you find a beautiful western view of the mountains (Board, Bear, and Windbeam) and the Wanaque Reservoir. There’s one short steep descent; otherwise the footing is relatively easy. For most of American history, a very different view greeted you here. Wanaque Reservoir is a product of the 1920s; before that you saw spread before you the Wanaque Valley, a fertile farm valley with the little hamlets of Boardville and Monksville and the New York & Greenwood Lake Railroad chugging its way up the valley. It was, in the words of one nineteenth-century historian, “one of the most picturesque and beautiful valleys in the state.” No more. The name Boardville reflects the influence of pioneer Cornelius Board, a Welsh émigré who came to America to operate mines and ironworks.

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"This lollipop outing epitomizes the “best easy hikes” concept: a gentle ascent through hardwood forest up to a peak of eastern red cedars, moss, and glacial erratics strewn about like children’s oversize blocks. From the ledges you find a beautiful western view of the mountains (Board, Bear, and Windbeam) and the Wanaque Reservoir. There’s one short steep descent; otherwise the footing is relatively easy.

For most of American history, a very different view greeted
you here. Wanaque Reservoir is a product of the 1920s; before that you saw spread before you the Wanaque Valley, a fertile farm valley with the little hamlets of Boardville and Monksville and the New York & Greenwood Lake Railroad chugging its way up the valley. It was, in the words of one nineteenth-century historian, “one of the most picturesque and beautiful valleys in the state.” No more. The name Boardville reflects the influence of pioneer Cornelius Board, a Welsh émigré who came to America to operate mines and ironworks."

Activity Type: Hiking
Nearby City: Ringwood
Distance: 2.4
Trail Type: Loop/Lollipop
Skill Level: Easy to Moderate
Duration: 2 hours
Season: Year-round
Local Maps: DeLorme New Jersey Atlas & Gazetteer
Driving Directions: Directions to Governor Mountain

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May 2018