Ramapo Valley County Reservation

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For my 100th post on the blog, I thought I’d highlight a park that we visit frequently. Ramapo Valley Reservation is a County Park in Bergen County, New Jersey. It was designated a wilderness area in 1972 with about 700 acres and has since grown to encompass over 4000 acres.

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It is a dog-friendly park with a few wide, flat trails and some more challenging ones up to scenic vistas.

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On our most recent visit, we brought the dogs, so we stayed on the easy trails.

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We crossed the bridge over the Ramapo River to the loop trail that goes around Scarlet Oak Pond.

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Scrarlet Oak Pond was once a quarry. We’ve seen a pair of swans there in the past, but it must have been too late in the season this time.

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Fall foliage was at its peak. We stopped frequently at the water’s edge to snap photos. The dogs were impatient to continue our walk.

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When we reached the the section in the loop where we could continue uphill to the reservoir, we noticed a sign pointing to the waterfall that we hadn’t seen before. On previous trips, if we wanted to visit the falls, we had to walk partway up to the reservoir and the clamber down a rock scramble (not such an easy thing when you’re toting a cockapoo.)

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This new path was nicely groomed, well-marked and led us over the stream and up stone steps to the falls. I searched online and found that this section was built in the summer of 2017 by the New York-New Jersey Trail Conference.

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Location: 608 Ramapo Valley Rd, Mahwah, NJ 07430

Designation: County Park

Date designated or established: 1972

Date of my visit: 10/31/2018

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Husband: ‘Let me capture the glorious fall colors on my iphone’        Dog: ‘Squirrel!’