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Jungle Habitat was a short-lived Warner Brothers theme park in West Milford, NJ. It featured a drive through safari ride with exotic wild animals. When the park closed abruptly in 1976, urban legend had it that the animals were released into the woods.
Twelve years after Jungle Habitat closed, the State of NJ purchased the land from Warner Brothers for $1.45 million, with the site being managed by Ringwood State Park. In 2007, a volunteer group called JORBA, began working with the state to create mountain biking trails on the 800 acre property.
In 2017, The State rejected a bid to turn the site into a for-profit mountain bike park and planned to incorporate it into Norvin Green State Forest, which is also managed by Ringwood State Park. Name change ideas were requested from the community since Jungle Habitat is still copyrighted by WB.
I toured Jungle Habitat recently with about 30 others with Take a Hike NJ. Nature has reclaimed the parking lots, animal enclosures and tram tracks for the most part, giving the place a Jurassic Park vibe.
There is a well-marked red-blazed trail just outside the parking lot, but to see the ruins, you must venture in further to unmarked territory. I was glad to be with a large group of people as it would be easy to get lost.
While exploring we encountered several mountain bikers and a couple of people walking their dogs. But alas, we did not see the wolf packs or stray baboons of urban legend.
Location: 109 Airport Rd, West Milford, NJ 07480
Designation: State Park
Date designated or established: 1988
Date of my visit: August 25, 2019
13 thoughts on “Ringwood State Park: Jungle Habitat”
Looks like a very nice place to take a walk.
It is nice…and a little weird 😀
Weird can be good..
It is interesting how quickly nature reclaims a piece of land.
Yes, especially in a climate where everything dies in the winter
Reblogged this on ravenhawks' magazine.
I am no fan of zoos, so I like seeing one reverting to nature.
What an interesting place to explore! Imagine if you could camp there and late at night as you sat by the camp fire there came from somewhere these strange and ferocious animal sounds…..whoooo!
Super cool. I didn’t know that a place like that existed.
I remember seeing the Bugs Bunny commercials when I was little, but my parents would never give in to my pleas to go there. I didn’t know all this stuff was still there, so many years later