Ramapo Mountain State Forest
This hilly forest is a sanctuary for wildlife. Hikers and mountain bikers enjoy miles of challenging trails. Many trails offer a view of the New York City skyline. Birdwatchers are attracted to the forest for its ponds, streams and marshes that provide the perfect habitat for bird and other wildlife species. The forest borders the Ramapo Mountain Reservation, which is part of the Bergen County Park System.
We love it here. From the formal gardens to the woodland paths there is so much beauty to explore. Be sure to visit in May when the lilac garden is in bloom. Hundreds of different plants and you can smell their fragrance from the park entrance. The perennial garden is my personal favorite. Bring a book and sit in the formal garden to sit and read for a spell. So many beautiful photo opportunities.
The gardens here are my absolute favorite places, it's a wonderful place to think of read or do yoga. Great for photos, tons of volunteer opportunities!The ground are beautiful, the mansion is beautiful. I've been coming here multiple times a year since I was little and it's never lost its charm.
Went to Ringwood Manner State Park to view the Victorian Christmas display and decorations. The seven decorated rooms were decorated by local volunteers and were quite beautiful. Although very crowded I was able to take quite a few photos as I had planned. When done, I stopped at the carriage house to get some coffee and cake. I had to share a table with two women , a mother and daughter, and had a pleasant conversation.
Beautiful park! We had a lovely tour of the grounds which I would definitely suggest you take part in during your visit. Each season in the garden has a special highlight. Worth the trip.
Roger Del Russo
Absolutely amazing place to visit! The parks here are super well maintained. The grass, flowers, stone benches and structures, etc, are all in pristine condition. I go here often to provide family and couple's photography sessions (permits are required - as all parks are - to perform commercial photography services). The price is well worth it!!
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