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


  • The New Weis Center is 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 from 9:00am to dusk.


We provide public parking on our property for hikers and day visitors in the outer parking lot on Snake Den Rd (see map). 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 Spring 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 Weis program or event, and to follow the marked path that leads to hiking trails in Norvin Green State Forest.

Restricted Facilities (for rental/members-only):

  • Several facilities and areas are available for use by Members for free or at a reduced rate, and are available for rent by Non-members. Please consult the map below or Contact Us for more information, pricing or reservations.
  • Facilities rentals
  • Not a member? JOIN NOW to support Weis AND receive free or discounted use of the facilities, discounts on programs, and special members-only events.

Private Areas:  

Certain areas are posted as "Not A Public Area" and are NOT open to the public, including the areas around the cabins.


We presently offer camping only 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.


Weis is adjacent to Norvin Green State Forest, with over 24 miles of marked trails. Hikers may walk through the Center's grounds and go up and around the Pool to access trails. 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!


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

Smoking and Alcohol: 

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