Photography by Anne Moore Siebecker

​​​Guided Hikes

Weis guided nature hikes will be back in 2019!

All Guided Hikes are $5 per person; fee supports the nonpprofit Highlands Nature Friends, which owns and operates the Center. Hikes start from the main brick building; if the outer parking lot is full, please drive in and park near the main brick building

For other group and guided hikes in the northern NJ, lower NY area, check out the following:


"But in every walk with Nature one receives far more than he seeks."   ~John Muir, July 1877

NEW!  Kids Afterschool Hiking Program


Fall is the perfect time for children ages 10-12 to explore the woods, streams and mountains and of our beautiful 152-acre property and the adjacent Norvin Green State Forest. We'll discover the wonders of the woods, enjoy the awesome views, and see some of the cool features unique to the area. Basic hiking safety will be discussed before we set out.


Price:  $5 per child, per hike; payable at the start
Time:  drop-off 3:45, pickup at 5:45pm

This is a drop-off class. Drive in through the outer gate and drop your child off at the main brick building. Children should dress appropriately in layers, and wear sturdy footwear or hiking shoes. Please bring water and a backpack - and a flashlight! Steady rain cancels.

Hikes will be lead by Lead Educator/Camp Director Jill Burgy, who will share her fascinating knowledge about the forest, ecology, geology, and some of the plants and animals along the trail.

Please call to register: 973-835-2160

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 vehicles.  Hikers may park in the OUTER parking lot of The New Weis Center; parking is NOT allowed along Snake Den Road or in the inner 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 and ground rules for visiting the Center


Take only pictures, and leave only footprints!

  • NY-NJ Trail Conference trail maps, printed on waterproof, tear-resistant Tyvek, and are available for purchase in our main building when staff is present.

  • 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!