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.
Norvin Green State Forest is located near Bloomfield, Boonton and Butler
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 goes through Norvin Green State Forest, and complete trail lengths could be longer, therefore a topgraphical 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.
TRAILS: DifficultCaris Hill (Yellow blazes) 1.0 miles DifficultHewitt-Butler (Blue blazes) 5.5 miles DifficultLower (White blazes) 1.5 miles MediumMacopin (White blazes) 1.0 miles EasyMine (Yellow blazes) 1.0 miles DifficultOtter Hole (Green blazes) 1.5 miles MediumPost Brook (White blazes) 1.0 miles MediumTorne (Red blazes) 1.0 miles DifficultWyanokie Circular (Red blazes) 4.0 miles DifficultWyanokie Crest (Yellow blazes) 5.0 miles
Weis Ecology Center
The Weis Ecology Center is administered by the New Jersey Audubon Society and is dedicated to environmental education. Programs focus on the interdependence of plants and animals of the Highlands region of the state. Weis is a residential center that offers recreational opportunities such as hiking and cross-country skiing.
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.