Our bi-weekly guided hikes will resume in September!

Additional Upcoming Dates: TBD

  • Hike: Norvin Green State Forest
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  • Meeting Location: The New Weis Center main building, at 150 Snake Den Rd, Ringwood, NJ 07456.


  • Hike is free, but a $5 suggested donation is greatly appreciated. Dogs (on a leash) are welcome.

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


Take only pictures, and leave only footprints!

2017 GUIDED HIKES! 

Join our intern educators Liam Hickey and James O'Neill for a hike on The New Weis Center property, the adjacent Norvin Green State Forest, and other local favorite trails. Liam and James are experienced hikers, and are first aid certified.


Hikes are free, but donations are greatly appreciated!​


Hikes start at 10:00 a.m. and begin at the main building (map) at Weis, unless otherwise noted. Read each hike description for trail details, difficulty, and length. Wear sturdy non-slip shoes/boots, bring water and lunch/snack.


Cancellations: steady rain, snow/ice conditions, high heat/humidity. Please check our Facebook page for updates. 

Photography by Anne Moore Siebecker

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

~ John Muir, July 1877



  • NY-NJ Trail Conference's free map page (under Norvin Green State Forest




  • Hunting is allowed in many NJ and NY state parks and forests, including Norvin Green State Forest. Always wear bright orange during hunting seasons. Learn more before you go.