Wildcat Ridge Wildlife Management Area
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Description of Wildcat Ridge WMA:
Wildcat Ridge Wildlife Management Area (WMA) is managed by the NJDEP Division of Fish and Wildlife whose primary focus is the “protection, management and wise use of NJ fish and Wildlife resources”. Aside from hunting and fishing, the only recognized and supported activity in WMA’s is “wildlife viewing”. While biking is permitted (see MTB policy), they do not see it in their scope to support, promote or manage this activity. While hiking organizations such as the NYNJTC do get support and permission from the NJDEP F&W, they have made it clear that JORBA cannot develop new MTB trails in the WMA and can only maintain existing trails and woods roads. While new trails continue to be made by other parties, they are not on behalf of, or with permission from JORBA.
******* Riding Restrictions apply during Hunting Season********:
For safety reasons and to avoid interference with hunting activities, access for off road cycling is reduced between September 15th and March 1st. Monday through Saturday. There are no riding restrictions on Sunday though Hunting is still permitted. Cyclists should make reasonable effort to avoid hunters and wear bright colors to increase visibility.
Often the term “Splitrock” is mistakenly used to identify the area but is actually the name of a nearby reservoir. The land buffer surrounding the reservoir has been acquired by the NJDEP in January of 2015 for a cost of $3.1M.
While the parking lot on Splitrock road does serve well as a starting location for rides, the main purpose is to support boating on Splitrock, so please respect those users and do not block access to the boat launch. There is no parking along Splitrock Road and Rockaway Township Police have been known to ticket cars parked along the road and not within the confines of the designated public parking area.
Splitrock Reservoir is oriented North-South. There are two trails along the reservoir, the White or Farny Highlands Trail along the West shore (hiking only), and the Blue “Splitrock Loop” trail (Dark Blue) along the Eastern shore which runs parallel to Splitrock, Green and Charlotteburg Roads.
Note: The Four Birds Trail (White) along the West side of Splitrock is Hiking only
Note: The “Farny Natural Area” located along the entire West side of Splitrock reservoir is not open to any off road cycling. No riding is permitted on any of the trails or roads within. It should also be noted that Camp Marcella, Camp Lewis and Camp Winnebago located to the North and West of Farny Natural Area are private property and “No Trespassing” at all times.
Manny’s review of the park over at VideoTrailReviews.Com on Vimeo.