Ramapo Mountain State Forest
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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.
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.
Manny’s review of the park over at VideoTrailReviews.Com .
- Red – (Cannonball) The upper section of this trail contains a very technical and tight rocky switchback with a small stream crossing. The lower section by the i287 overpass consists of mostly rocky Doubletrack.
- Orange – The best direction to ride this trail would be to start from the north off the blue trail. This trail presents a challenging mix of rocky Singletrack and Doubletrack that takes you to the top of the Wanque ridge. The ridge offers a great view and a fun ride along its edge.
- Yellow – From the top of Skyline Dr down to the lake you will find a mix of Fire Road and rocky Singletrack. The short section by i287 overpass starts out with a short Singletrack and ends with a long Fire Road descent
- Indian Trail – This trail offers a fast rocky descent to the Wanaque River.
- Blue – The northern section of this trail is all Doubletrack which leads to the lake. The lower section which takes you to the main parking lot is for hikers only.