Park Reviews

09/01/2015 - 10:59am
Hewitt-Butler Trailhead Closed at Camp Vacamas.
Effective immediately, the Hewitt-Butler Trail trailhead at Camp Vacamas on Macopin Road in West Milford, NJ is CLOSED until further notice.  Parking is no longer allowed, and there is no trail access.  The Hewitt-Butler Trail going south from Otterhole Road/Glenwild Avenue to Osio Rock remains open. Osio Rock is the best viewpoint on trails in the area, and it should be considered the turn-around point for a hike in this area of Norvin Green State Forest.  
11/14/2013 - 7:03pm
Virtual Hike of Torne Mountain!
Check out a virtual hike of Torne Mountain on!   Plenty of Pictures!
12/21/2012 - 2:59pm
Weis Ecology Center is permanently closed- Trails still open

See the follow link for details: This only refers to the building, not to the trails or the parking.

Be sure to carry a map with you, since maps may or may not be available at the Trailhead Kiosk maintained by the NYNJTC. Links to free on line maps are available to download here:  "Map of revised trail system" and a Simplified map and brochure may be download at this link". You can also order the NYNJTC North Jersey Trails map from the Trail Conference office through the link provided and if you can't wait for delivery, and have an iPhone or iPad, you can download the complete NYNJTC North Jersey Trails map set for your iPhone or iPad by continuing to follow links to the instructions for PDF maps

05/07/2010 - 9:57am
New loop hike
Phil McLewin
New Loop Hike in Norvin Green. Trail Conference volunteers have blazed the new Manaticut Point Trail and hike writer Daniel Chazin features it in his Hike of the Week. Check it out.
08/29/2009 - 12:56pm
From the "Forums/Hike Recommendations" page
Phil McLewin


Trails with spring wildflowers

On March 19th, 2009 arnabbanerjee asked:

Which are the trails to view best spring wildflowers? Can anyone let me know the best ones and timings where one should go? I am expecting the flowers to be coming out from mid-april or so. Any recommendations will be very useful Thanks


wildflower hikes

On March 23rd, 2009 gpettypoet replied:

I can answer for the New Jersey Highlands wildflower walks. If you want a prepared short wildflower walk with examples of most wildflowers in each season, try the one at Morris County Tourne Park in Mountain Lakes NJ., tended with great care by the Rockaway Valley Garden Club. The Land Conservancy also has a tended wildflower plot in back of their headquarters in Montville. If you want a hike with some wildflowers along the way, the answer is more complicated. For good early spring flowers (April 15 to May 3) try a hike from Weis Ecology Center [Editor's note: located in Norvin Green State Forest] out the W trail along Blue Mine Brook up to the old farm foundations, then back on the Green Trail to the Red Dot Trail out to the Blue Mine. Come back to Weis with a detour up the yellow Dot Trail in back of the Roomy Mine to catch a fine patch of columbine. In all seasons, the Pyramid Mountain Natural Historic Area in Montville white trail has very good flowers. The Ryker Lake trails are also good in early spring, but the loop around the lake is blocked by a beaver dam at the north end. Better still, sign up for one of my wildflower hikes from Weis Ecology Center. Even better, get a copy of my Hiking The Jersey Highlands; it pays special attention to wildflowers along Highlands Trails. You can order it on this website. GPetty.