Monday, June 7, 2010

Norvin Green State Forest

The forest at Norvin Green is a bird and wildlife haven that is part of the Wyanokie Wilderness Area.

It is near the Wanaque Reservoir and is home to an extensive trail system built from old logging roads. 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.

A topographical trail map is recommended for navigation of the trails. Maps may be purchased in the Weis Ecology Center or through the New York - New Jersey Trail Conference. Their North Jersey map set have 20-foot contours that show all trails and many woods roads in Ringwood State Park, Ramapo Valley County Reservation, Ramapo Mountain State Forest, Norvin Green State Forest, Wawayanda State Park, Abram S. Hewitt State Forest and the Pequannock Watershed, and features a large scale map of Campgaw Mountain County Reservation and includes a portion of the Appalachian Trail.

NJ Hiking offers a growing number of videos and this loop hike contains two newer trails, Lake Sonoma and Overlook. It's a pretty trail with some nice overlooks located in the northern section of Norvin Green State Forest.

getting there
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.

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