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Return to Bear Swamp at The Ramapo Reservation!!

 Let's enjoy some autumn reflections as we return to Bear Swamp at the Ramapo Res.! Burn some “pre-holiday calories” and enjoy a little peace in the woods.

This will be an approx 3 1/2 hour moderate paced somewhat CHALLENGING hike and is NOT FOR BEGINNERS. We'll be taking the Silver trail passing the  beautiful Scarlet Oak pond, waterfalls and streams, up to MacMillan Reservoir, the favorite "dog hangout" where we'll take a short break. From there we'll continue on the Orange trail, to the Red and silver, up to the scenic Bear Swamp surrounded by many wonderful ruins. After a scenic break overlooking the swamp and some exploring we'll retrace our steps  back.  Lets' head for the woods!!

There are some moderately STEEP, ROCKY INCLINES and the early portion of the hike is a fairly steady incline. Much of the trails will now be covered in leaves. Hiking boots or shoes are recommended as are walking poles. Water is a Must, snacks, bugspray and cameras of course! Don';t forget to dress in layers as the weather can change quickly now.

Carpooling can be helpful so please make your own arrangements if you choose to do so. There is another lot at the Soldiers Continental Park(where Field of Creams is located) just north of the Ramapo Res at 550 Ramapo Valley Rd. and across from Ramapo College. YOu could also carpool from Ramapo College or the A & P lot at 117 Franklin Trnpk, in Mahwah just a short drive from the park.

Meet by the start of the paved path, lined with boulders. Inclement weather cancels, so always check the day of an event for any changes.

Optional dinner at Elises’ pick, Zaytoons with fabulous Middleastern fare just a few minutes drive from the park located at the A & P shopping center located at 115 Frankliln Turnpike in Mahwah, NJ(depending upon availability or another venue)  at about 4:15 pm. Available for the first 20 to RSVP for dinner.  Liquor is not served, it is bring your own if you are interested.  Individual checks are available!  Cash is always appreciated. Please let me know if you would be interested in joining us. Check out their dinner menu at


DIRECTIONS: Take Rt 17 to US Route 202(Ramapo Valley Rd) in Mahwah. Proceed south on Rt. 202 for two miles, then turn right,  at the top of an incline,  into the Ramapo Valley County Reservation parking area.

The entrance is 2 miles south of RT 17 in Mahwah and just south of Ramapo College on your right.

Directions to Zaytoons: Turn left out of park onto Rt 202 (Ramapo Valley Rd). heading toward NY

Take this road to the end  at the traffic light under the tunnel, at the intersection with the Franklin Turnpike.

Turn right on the Franklin Turnpike, pass a Citgo and Shell station on your right(Fill up with gas if you are from New YOrk!!!  lol)  

IN a very short distance turn left into the A & P shopping center.  Zaytoons will be on the side a few doors up from Dunkin Donuts. 

photos by yours truly

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  • Jerry C.

    Good day in the woods. Crisp without being icy. Cheerful group for walk and dinner.

    November 25, 2013

  • Hadassah

    great hike. thanks to susan

    November 24, 2013

  • Madeline

    Ramapo Reservation was great, Thank you Susan, for this event!

    November 24, 2013

  • Elaine

    A lovely day. Thank you, Susan.

    November 24, 2013

  • Harvey S.


    November 24, 2013

  • Susan

    The sun helped warm us on this beautiful brisk Nov. day hike. Thanks to all who helped make it happen. A special thanks to Larry for the special “history tour”, Leo for lending a hand where needed, Madeline, Adrienne, Larry and Rhoda for volunteering to sweep, Elise for helping to arrange our dinner and to our wonderful photographers who add so much to these events!

    2 · November 23, 2013

  • Larry

    Beautiful day for a hike with a great group. Thank you Susan for a nice hike

    November 23, 2013

  • Donna R.

    Great! Good company! invigorating hike and well organized!
    Thank you Susan!

    November 23, 2013

  • Steve

    Great trail.

    November 23, 2013

  • Bob M.

    Same here if there's room. No problem if not (meant to RSVP for dinner but don't know of I actually did!).

    November 22, 2013

  • Eleanor

    If there is still room, I would like to attend the dinner.

    November 22, 2013

  • Madeline

    Just confirming my intention to attend the dinner. I signed up originally for a friend and myself so I'm sure you added our names. If no room, that's OK!
    Thank you, Susan!

    November 22, 2013

  • Anna

    I didn't think I'd get off the wait list so made other plans

    November 22, 2013

  • Elise

    Not feeling 100% so it's best I not attempt a super-challenging hike. I will CERTAINLY be meeting up with you at Zaytoon for dinner, though! Susan, Jerry, Leo and Carey.... I'm counting on you for photos!

    November 22, 2013

  • uschi

    My back did not like raking the leaves. Have to cancel. Enjoy!

    November 22, 2013

  • Louis W.

    Sorry I cannot attend due to a family medical needs? I was looking forward to this hike.

    Next time.

    November 21, 2013

  • Joan S.

    I know that you have a wait list. Sorry, that I cannot walk with all of you, as I always enjoy, but it isn't possible. Hopefully, next walk.

    November 21, 2013

  • Amy

    You know me Susan - always up for the dinner following the hikes/walks.

    November 16, 2013

  • Bridget

    If I get off the wait list and can go on the hike, I will go for dinner! :-)

    November 9, 2013

  • Susan

    Only 7 spots left for a “trip to the Middleast” for dinner at Zaytoons after the Bear Swamp Hike Nov 23rd! Not everyone responded to the dinner RSVP so if you would like to join us and have not responded yet please let me know. Thanks

    November 8, 2013

  • Louis W.

    Yep, put in for Zaytoons also. I have been there several times. Good choice Elise !!!

    1 · October 24, 2013

  • Madeline

    Zaytoon is a great place and the owner is so accommodating!

    1 · October 23, 2013

  • Susan

    10 so far for dinner and 10 spots are still open so make your rsvps soon. Come take a trip to the Middleast for dinner!

    1 · October 21, 2013

    • Susan

      Susan, please add me for dinner. Thanks so much!

      October 22, 2013

  • A former member
    A former member

    Please add me to the dinner list for Zaytoon's, thanks

    October 21, 2013

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