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Norvin Green
State Forest

Location:
Bloomingdale, Passaic County

Mailing Address:
c/o Ringwood State Park
1304 Sloatsburg Road Ringwood, NJ 07456-1799
(973) 962-7031

GPS Coordinates
DMS 41° 04’ 08.00 ” N 74° 19' 32.37" W

Size: 5,416 acres

Fees: No entrance fee.
Link to the Related Fees page

Directions:
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.

Facilities & Activities:
  • Trails
  • Boating/canoeing:
    electric motors only
  • Birdwatching
  • Fishing
  • Hunting
  • Winter sports:
    ice fishing, cross-country skiing

Trails:

  • Hiking

 

 

 

The undisturbed forest and rugged terrain of Norvin Green offers sanctuary for birds and other wildlife. Part of the Wyanokie Wilderness Area, the forest is near 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.

Keep Your Forest Clean

Through the Carry-In/Carry-Out Program you can help us keep your parks clean and beautiful by carrying out the trash you carry in. Bags are provided throughout the site. Thank you for your cooperation and remember to recycle.

Park Hours

Open daily sunrise to sunset.

Special Use Permit Application

Special Use Permit Application Package

A Special Use Permit is utilized to accommodate a specific activity or event being conducted over a short duration. There are two types of special use permits: Non-Commercial and Commercial and fees are based on NJ residency and Non-residents.  A completed application must be submitted to the park/forest area where the activity or event is being held at least 90 days prior to the event. If the special use or event is extremely large or complex, at least one-year’s prior notice is recommended.

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 passes through Norvin Green State Forest, and complete trail lengths could be longer. To avoid getting lost, a topographical trail map is highly recommended for navigation of the trails.

Norvin Green State Forest brochure map (pdf file size 871 kb) This map is adequate for a day hike.
To view this application, you need Acrobat Reader on your computer. Download the newest version FREE at the Adobe site.

Maps may also be purchased in the Weis Ecology Center or through the New York - New Jersey Trail Conference.

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

Special Features

Norvin Green includes part of the Highlands Trail, which will run from the Delaware River to the Hudson River when completed.

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Related Links

The Highlands Natural Pool
Adjacent to Norvin Green State Forest, this olympic size, stream-fed freshwater pool is a great place for hikers to cool off in the summer. Daily or membership fees apply.

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Hunting

State Park Service areas open to hunting for 2013-2014

Hunting is permitted in designated areas within the park and is subject to Division of Fish and Wildlife regulations.

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Questions regarding our parks and forests can be directed to
Michele Buckley of the State Park Service.

 

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Last Updated: June 20, 2014

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