The New Weis Center is privately owned and operated by The Highlands Nature Friends, Inc., a 501(c)3 non-profit.

Note: we are NOT part of Norvin Green State Forest  


  • Located at 150 Snake Den Rd, Ringwood, NJ 07456
  • Directions via Google Maps
  • ​GPS coordinates (outer parking lot):  41.0698407, -74.321792


The main building is open only when Programs or events are in session.

Our grounds are open to the general public from 9:00am to dusk.


We provide public parking on our property for hikers and day visitors in the outer gravel parking lot on Snake Den Rd (see Weis map). This lot is open to the general public from 9:00am to dusk; no overnight parking is allowed. 

Parking near the main building is reserved for guests attending programs and events at the Center. Parking off Snake Den Rd near the Highlands Natural Pool is reserved for Pool and Weis members. Parking is not allowed along Snake Den Road.

Restrooms for Weis members and program attendees are available in the main building. We are working to install an ADA restroom as soon as we can secure the funds.

We DO NOT have a public restroom, but we are planning to install a composting toilet for hikers in 2017.

Public Areas: 

We are not part of the park system, but you are welcome to enjoy our large recreation field (unless it's being used for a New Weis Center program or event) and to follow the marked path that leads to hiking trails in Norvin Green State Forest.

Private Areas:

Certain areas are posted as "Not A Public Area" and are NOT open to the public, including the areas around the cabins. In addition, there may be occasions when part or all of our property will be closed to the public for a New Weis Center special program or event.

Restricted Facilities (for rental/members-only):

  • Several facilities and areas, including the pavilion, fire circle, field and picnic grove, are available for use by Members for free or at a reduced rate, and are also available for rent by Non-members.
  • Please consult the Map below, review our Facilities Rental page, or Contact Us for more information, pricing or reservations.
  • Not a member? JOIN NOW to support The New Weis Center AND receive free or discounted use of the facilities, discounts on programs, and special members-only events.


We offer members-only camping to groups who have pre-registered and paid; individual campers are not allowed at this time.


Campfires are only allowed in the fire circle area with an advance registration and payment of a fee! To inquire about scheduling a campfire for your group, please Contact Us. Open fires or grills (charcoal or butane) are NOT allowed anywhere else on property.


The New Weis Center is adjacent to Norvin Green State Forest, with over 24 miles of rugged marked trails. Hikers (without dogs) may walk through the Center's grounds and go up and around the Pool to access trails. Hikers with dogs should access all trails by walking up to the end of Snake Den Rd - not through Weis property. Please bring a trail map or consult the maps posted in the kiosks.

The New Weis Center offers guided hikes every other Saturday, as well as on other special occasions. More hiking info


We have several information kiosks on our property with maps, hiking info, and fliers about our programs and events.


If you are walking with a dog, please walk to the end of Snake Den Road to access trails. Please pick up after your dog and make sure they are on a leash at all times!


The New Weis Center is a Carry-In, Carry-out property; please clean up and take your waste with you when you leave. Please DO NOT LITTER, and follow the "Leave No Trace" principles (details at


Smoking, alcohol, illegal drugs, firearms, hunting, and fireworks use are NOT ALLOWED anywhere on The New Weis Center property.

Ground Rules:

Please read and respect the ground rules to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience for all.