What to do in Norvin Green State Forest

Information provided by New Jersey Division of Parks and Forestry

Several trails link up with public and private facilities, including the Weis Ecology Center and reservoir property. The existing trails, either old forest roads or new trails constructed by volunteers, are perfect for nature walks and other outdoor classroom activities. With hills ranging from 400 to 1,300 feet in elevation, Norvin Green provides the avid hiker with scenic vistas, including the New York skyline, Burnt Meadow Brook and Lake Sonoma. The property is accessible by foot only.

Weis Ecology Center

The Weis Ecology Center is administered by the New Jersey Audubon Society and is dedicated to environmental education. Programs focus on the interdependence of plants and animals of the Highlands region of the state. Weis is a residential center that offers recreational opportunities such as hiking and cross-country skiing.

Trails - A system of marked hiking trails are available for the public to explore. These trails offer visitors opportunities to hike interior woodlands and rocky vistas. There are no multi-use trails available in the park.

Please note that the trail difficulty ratings are opinion only. All trail mileages represent only the portion of the trail that goes through Norvin Green State Forest, and complete trail lengths could be longer, therefore a topgraphical trail map is recommended for navigation of the trails.

TRAILS: LENGTH (miles) RATING Caris Hill (Yellow blazes) 1.0 miles Difficult

Hewitt-Butler (Blue blazes) 5.5 miles Difficult

Lower (White blazes) 1.5 miles Medium

Macopin (White blazes) 1.0 miles Easy

Mine (Yellow blazes) 1.0 miles Difficult

Otter Hole (Green blazes) 1.5 miles Medium

Post Brook (White blazes) 1.0 miles Medium

Torne (Red blazes) 1.0 miles Difficult

Wyanokie Circular (Red blazes) 4.0 miles Difficult

Wyanokie Crest (Yellow blazes) 5.0 miles Difficult

Bloomingdale, Passaic County

Take Route 287 to exit 57, follow Skyline Drive to Greenwood Lake Turnpike to West Brook Road to Snake Den Road. Follow signs to Weis Ecology Center. Parking is available at Weis Ecology Center or along Burnt Meadow Road and Glen Wild Road.

The temperatures in New Jersey vary slightly, with the southern area being the warmest. Winter weather can start by October and is in full force by November, temperatures average 20 to 40 degrees. Spring can begin in mid March and brings temperatures of 50 degrees F, by April temperatures can reach 65 degrees F. Summer weather can extend from late May to mid September, and temperatures often reach 95 degrees during this season with nighttime lows near 65 degrees. Fall weather has temperatures between 65 and 45 degrees F. Precipitation levels in New Jersey are highest from March through August.

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1304 Sloatsburg Road
Ringwood, NJ
Email: Michele.buckley@dep.state.nj.us
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