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First Day Hike – Ringwood State Park
January 1 @ 1:00 pm - 3:30 pmFree
Two self-guided family friendly hikes in the State Park woodlands at the NJ State Botanical Garden. Weather permitting; you can climb to the Mt. Defiance overlook on the Halifax trail and return, or choose our alternate hike without a climb. This annual event is a joint project of State Park staff and volunteers from the NJBG/Skylands Association. Meet at the Carriage House Visitor Center at NJBG between 1pm and 2pm. Map and hike directions will be provided at the start. Allow about 90 minutes for the hike.
Easy to moderate ~1 or 3 miles. 2 possible routes, one route is flat terrain of the Botanical Garden and one has ups and downs in the wooded areas.
Children with parents/guardians are welcome; small children may need to be carried. Service animals only.
Meeting Location: Ringwood State Park, Carriage House Visitor Center
New Jersey State Botanical Garden, 1304 Sloatsburg Rd, Ringwood, NJ 07456
Registration and Cancellation
Registration is NOT required. For more information, call (973)962-7031
Cancelled if snow or other severe weather conditions. To check, (609)218-3532 for more information.