Apshawa Preserve

West Milford, NJ
Length: 3.00 mi.
Type: Out & Back

About This Trail

[Total: 9    Average: 3.7/5]

This 576-acre preserve offers a diversity of habitats and beautiful vistas in the heart of the Highlands of northern New Jersey. The 40-acre Butler Reservoir is a scenic attraction for hikers and birdwatchers, and the Apshawa Brook flows through the preserve to the Pequannock River. Apshawa’s mixed hardwood forest is dominated by oak and sugar maple.

More than five miles of blazed trails traverse the Apshawa Preserve and are open for hiking, bicycling, horseback riding, nature study and fishing.

We love the this preserve and have explored much of it.  Our favorite trek is taking the Blue trail to the white trail up to the overlook. There are many places to climb rocks and trees and explore the stream and the mini waterfall. We regularly see frogs from the small bridge that crosses the stream.  It’s a very fun trail hike!

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Trail Features

Surface type Dirt
Stroller friendly No
ADA accessible No
Water fountains No
Bathrooms No
Cell reception Spotty
Pet friendly No
Nearby convenience store No
Camping Nearby No
Emergency support
within 5 miles

Trail highlights

Creek / River, Mud Puddles, Natural Play Area, and Viewpoint

Trail Contributor

[Total: 9    Average: 3.7/5]

I’m Melanie, Branch Ambassador for HiB Ringwood & Bergen County, NJ. I hike with 4 little wildlings who love being outside as much as possible.

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