Bergen County Parks: Ramapo Valley Reservation in Mahwah

The Ramapo Valley County Reservation is a popular destination for Bergen County, New Jersey area hikers and nature lovers.

The reservation is a 3,000+acre county park located in Mahwah and bordering Ringwood State Park to the north and the Ramapo Mountain State Forest to the south.

The Ramapo Valley Reservation offers hiking along a mountain brook with a waterfall, fishing in the Ramapo River, Scarlet Oak Pond, MacMillan Reservoir (a valid NJ fishing license is required, no license is required under age 14), , and tent camping. Trails connect to the network of trails in the adjoining state forest and state park. The park also affords carry-in access Ramapo River for canoe and raft owners. Cross-country skiing is also available during the winter.

The Reservation is popular among students from nearby Ramapo College, and acts as the school's Environmental Science laboratory.

Ramapo Valley Reservation is popular with dog walkers, although dogs must remain leashed at all times. Pet owners should be on the lookout for timber rattlesnakes and copperheads which are occasionally spotted within the park vicinity in the spring, summer and fall months.

Click here for more information about the  Ramapo Valley County Reservation in Mahwah, New Jersey.

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