• NY-NJ Trail Conference trail maps, printed on waterproof, tear-resistant Tyvek, are available for purchase in the main building.

  • "Hiking With Anne" - local hiking information, photos, links and resources, safety tips, more

  • Hunting is allowedin many NJ and NY state parks and forests, including Norvin Green State Forest. Always wear bright colors such as orange or neon pink during hunting seasons. Learn more before you go!


Aug 25, 10:00am: Hike the World's First Hiking Event!

Join Hike the World founder Ryan Windess and his team for their very first hiking event. The hike will travel to Carris Hill & Wyanokie High Point, which includes a 360-degree viewpoint. It is rated as a moderate to sometimes strenuous hike. We will split into two groups so everyone can hike with people at their own pace. Hike will last approximately 4 hours, depending on the size and pace of the group. 

Dogs on a leash are welcome; please pick up your dog's waste - even on the trail! Meet at the main brick building. 

FREE; donations to support the nonprofit New Weis Center are always welcome!  Register NOW!

​Sep 15, 9:30am: Talk & Hike - Hiking the Highlands, Harriman & Beyond!
Join our special guest Don Weise for a talk, Q&A and book signing at 9:30-10:30am, following by a guided hike at 10:30am-1:30pm. Don is a noted author and hike leader, and a Director at the NY-NJ Trail Conference, and will share pictures and discuss how to prepare for some extraordinary local hiking. With more than 20 years’ experience as a guide, environmental advocate and trail enthusiast, Don will share his favorite day hikes, from family-friendly walks to off-the-beaten-track adventures. Copies of his latest book, Circuit Hikes in Harriman, will be available for purchase and signing. 

After the talk and weather permitting, Don and his colleague Jennifer Zack will lead a steep and moderately strenuous 3.5-mile hike to the expansive views of Wyanokie High Point in the adjacent Norvin Green State Forest.

Dogs are notpermitted on this hike. Hike is limited to 20 people; minimum age is 8. Meet at the main brick building.

$5 per person fee supports the nonprofit New Weis Center. No registration required.

Oct 6, 10:00am: Guided Hike to Assiniwikum Mountain
Join special guest Ryan Windess, founder of
Hike the World, for a hike to a lesser-known part of Norvin Green State Forest. The hike will lead to the summit of Assiniwikam Mountain (1,200 feet) and offers expansive views from several rocky outcrops. A portion of the hike will traverse the mile-long Will Monroe Loop trail, named after Professor Will S. Monroe of the Montclair State Normal School (now Montclair State University). Mr. Monroe and his co-workers in the Green Mountain Club laid out many of the trails in the Wyanokies in the 1920s. Hike will last 3 1/2 - 4 hours, depending on the size and pace of the group, and includes some steep and rocky sections. 

Dogs on a leash are welcome; please pick up your dog's waste - even on the trail! Meet at the main brick building. 

$5 per person fee supports the nonprofit New Weis Center. No registration required.

Oct 13, 10:00am: Dog-friendly Guided Hike!
Bring your pooch and join us for a great fall hike in Norvin Green State Forest, led by Weis staff member Stephen Stella. The trail will pass a waterfall and stop at the Roomy Mine, one of 
iron mines, and will last 2 1/2 - 3 hours at a moderate pace, with some steep and rocky sections.

Dogs must be on a leash at all times; please pick up your dog's waste (yes, even in the forest). Meet at the main brick building. 
> $5 per human; no registration required.

"But in every walk with Nature one receives far more than he seeks."

~ John Muir, July 1877

Hiking Near The New Weis Center

Norvin Green State Forest is adjacent to The New Weis Center property. Situated in the Highlands Region of Northern New Jersey, Norvin Green offers nearly 24 miles of trails, which feature great views, rugged terrain, waterfalls, and remains of old iron mines.

Norvin Green State Forest is open to hiking only - no bicycles or motorized vehiclesHikers may park in the outer parking lot of The New Weis Center; parking is NOT allowed along Snake Den Road or in the inner parking lot near the Highlands Natural Pool.

The New Weis Center grounds and parking lot close at dusk; allow yourself plenty of time to get back safely before dark. Bring a map and follow the trail markers! Trail maps are posted in the Center's kiosks. Note that cellphone reception may be poor while in the forest.

Hikers may walk through the Center's grounds and go up and around the Pool to access trails. If you are walking with a dog, please walk up to the end of Snake Den Road to access all trails. Dogs MUST be on a leash, even when on the trails. Please take care to carry out all your trash!

Smoking and alcohol are NOT ALLOWED on The New Weis Center property!

More information about visiting the Center

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Photography by Anne Moore Siebecker