Ringwood-Ramapo/Blue/Crossover Trails Loop from...

Ringwood State Park

West-facing view from the Ringwood-Ramapo Trail - Photo by Daniel Chazin West-facing view from the Ringwood-Ramapo Trail - Photo by Daniel Chazin

This loop hike traverses remote, less-visited areas of the park, mostly along gently-graded carriage roads, passing several panoramic viewpoints and scenic Gatum Pond.

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From the parking area, turn left onto a paved park road, the route of the white-blazed Crossover Trail. The trail proceeds through the grounds of Skylands Manor, which feature various exotic trees. You'll pass to the right of a greenhouse and an English Tudor guest house with a sundial clock on its chimney.

A short distance beyond, follow the Crossover Trail as it turns left onto an...

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April 13, 2015
Crossover trail in Ringwood
<p>&nbsp; Took my first hike of the 2015 season in Ringwood along the Ringwood-Ramapo Blue/ Crossover loop on 4/11. First, let me mention the huge black bear I spotted crossing my path about 70 yards ahead of me at the second rock outcrop, not far after the 1st west facing outcrop along the Ringwood-Ramapo Trail. . I slowly back tracked and took out my bear spray just in case he had any ideas . I waited for a while until a few more hikers and bikers went by but the bear had left the area. Impressive animal but definitely commands respect.</p> <p>&nbsp;&nbsp; Would also like to mention the issue I had along the Crossover Trail on the return leg at a 4 way intersection. At the bottom of the carraige trail you have 4 options and there are no well placed white blazes to show exactly which trail to take. If you make a sharp left ,you wind up at the model airplane field. Decending straight ahead, you realize there are no blazes and the footpath to the left also is not marked. You must take turn left then bear right keeping the field to your left..</p>
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