We recommend the NY-NJ Trail Conference trail maps for hiking in Norvin Green State Forest. They are printed on waterproof, tear-resistant Tyvek and are updated frequently.

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Hunting is allowed in many NJ and NY state parks and forests, including Norvin Green State Forest (except on Sundays). Always wear bright colors such asorange or neon pink during hunting seasons.

Group Hikes

For group and guided hikes in the NJ/NY area, please see:

  • New York-NJ Trail Conference
  • Appalachian Mountain Club

Photography by Anne Moore Siebecker


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

​​Guided Hikes
Our staff of Naturalist/Educators are first aid/CPR certified and ready to lead your group on a forest exploration. Our 152-acre property in the Highlands Region of northern NJ features a mountain stream, rugged terrain, diverse forest, ruins, and some nice viewpoints.

  • Up to 3 hours
  • $150 minimum fee (up to 10 people), additional $14/person over 10, up to 20 person maximum
  • Contact us to schedule

​​​Hiking near The New Weis Center

​Note: The New Weis Center is NOT part of any state, county or town park system.

Our 152 acre property is privately owned by The Highlands Nature Friends, Inc., a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.

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 private lot near the Highlands Natural Pool. Please carry out all your trash!

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 at the Warner kiosks, at the entrance to Norvin Green. Note that cellphone reception may be poor while in the forest.

Starting from the New Weis Center's parking lot on Snake Den Road, hikers should follow the signs and the green trail markers up Snake Den Road to access all public trails. Dogs MUST be on a leash at ALL times, even when on the trails.

Hikers: be advised that there are NO public restrooms at The New Weis Center or near the entrance to Norvin Green State Forest. 

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!​​