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Farny St. Park & Wildcat Ridge

Average Rating:    (4 of 5)

No. of Reviews: 4

No good maps that I know of and almost no marked trails. Most of this area is a quad / dirt bike playground. Follow my directions above and explore for the singletrack. It will take several rides before you find the sweet stuff. Some of the most technical trails in the state because they were not designed for bikes (that's OK). Alot of NY/NJ trail conference stuff but very little of it is usable. Trails will eventually take you through the resevoir system, over Route 23 -up Bearfort/Kanoose Mountain into Wawayanda and eventually NY if your into epic journey's.
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Latitude
40.93168769978997
Longitude
-74.48538422584534
Trail Directions
Exit 37 off Route 80 and go North on Green Pond Road. 1st trailhead is across street from the service entrance for Hewlett Packard ( now Agilent). Follow the old mine railroad and make right up the mountain. 2nd trailhead is in parking lot just 100 yards south of the Hibernia Post office its almost right behind it in the woods. Either follow the old mine road up the mountain and make right on the orange blaze trail or go across from parking lot down quad/ Jeep dirt road and make left up mountain.
Trail Length
10-20 mile loops when linked
Trail Level
Advanced
Trail Type
Singletrack & Fire Roads
City/County
Rockaway/Kinnelon/Boonton
   


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Reviews 1 - 4 (4 Reviews Total)

Review Date
April 27, 2010

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Aerobic Difficulty
 5 of 5

Technical Difficulty
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a month

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Reviewed by: DG_NJRIDER ,  Cross Country Rider

Summary:
Trail is very technical, ove 20 miles of trails. Some nasty uphills very technical, not for the faint of heart. Everything you want in a trail you will find here, steep climbs, technical trails, fire trails, you name it, it has it.

Recommended Route:
Start from the parking lot next to the bridge, cross the bridge and you will see a small steep hill to your left, get some speed and hopefully you will make it. Follow the marked paths, it will take you to hawk watch hill.



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Review Date
July 31, 2002

Overall Rating
 5 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: Young , from Mountain Lakes

Summary:
I have not been on this trail once but I am very familiar with it because I used to go offroading here, in jeeps ofcourse. Rumor has it, these courses are now off limits to everyone. They will confiscate your bike and everything or give you a warning ticket. This was actually closer to Split Rock. If anyone knows about this, could you let me know if this true or not? Otherwise.. it looks like a pretty cool place to ride. It was able to create a lot of good challenges to my friends hummer, so why not bikes.



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Review Date
April 25, 2002

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Ridden Once

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Reviewed by: mergs , from west milford

Summary:
i rode this twice. there are some good trails back there... nice technical rock gardens, off camber trails, rock drops etc. but you have to navigate up some steep jeep roads to get to the tasty singletrack. the jeep roads are tough as you'll be knee deep in baby heads, but once you get past this, mess you can find some nice stuff. i rode what i think is the red trail on the above map, or maybe it was the dotted trail above the red. i do remember taking a right turn around the beaver pond area, hopping some logs and then getting some really nice singletrack. i am not 100% positive this whole area is open to riding so if you see hiking only signs, best to stay clear. i think this is somewhere between 3 and 4 stars but i don't know enough of the trails to really give it 4.

Recommended Route:
i found someone's map online.

Other recommended trails in the same area:
I would say that this is similar to riding some of the stuff off Cannonball Trail/Ramapo SF, just a little wilder and off the beaten path.



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Review Date
April 26, 2001

Overall Rating
 3 of 5

Ridden Trail:
Once a week

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Reviewed by: JORBA , from New Jersey

Summary:
Wildcat Ridge is a Wildlife Management Area (WMA's) and is governed by the NJ Division of Fish Game and Wildlife. Their funding comes from hunting and fishing licenses. As a result, their main objective is to provide and protect these activities. Mountain biking is tolerated in WMA's as long as it does not interfere with hunting. Therefore, during hunting season, only use these areas on Sunday.
The only trails closed to bikes in WMA's are the Highlands Trail (teal blaze), and the AT (White Blaze).
see this site for more info:
http://www.state.nj.us/dep/fgw/wmarticl.htm Farny State Park is actually part of Ringwood State Park. Aside from the Farny Highlands trail (White Blazes), which is closed to bikes, the existing trails are not marked. There is no parking access for this area and parking on Splitrock road may get you a ticket. If you continue into Newark Watershed, you should have a "Hiking Pass" because you are now on private land. The marked trails in NWCDC are closed to bikes.



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