Trail Improvements in Abram S. Hewitt State Forest

July 16, 2020
Kylie Yang, Program Coordinator
New York-New Jersey Trail Conference

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Trail Improvements in Abram S. Hewitt State Forest
Abram S. Hewitt

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Several trail improvements, which aim to make the trails easier to follow, are in progress throughout Abram S. Hewitt State Forest. The improvements will include changing blaze colors and creating new trails.

 

This “Trail Changes In-Progress” map shows the trail system in Abram S. Hewitt State Forest with the latest changes as of July 18, 2020.  The pink-highlighted trail sections indicate where additional changes are being made.

This “Proposed Trail Reconfiguration” map shows what the trail system is expected to be once this project is complete.  While changes are in progress, please reference the local signage in addition to the In-Progress map.

As of July 20, 2020 changes include:

  • New Bearfort Ridge Connector (blue-square-on-green blazes) to connect with the Warwick Turnpike access point
  • New Bearfort Ridge Loop (green blazes) which uses existing trails to create a loop hike option from the parking lots on Warwick Turnpike
  • New Bearfort Ridge Spur (black-square-on-green blazes) to connect with the Warwick Turnpike access point

All trails will remain open during this process. For the latest on these changes, continue to check this page for updates.

The changes being made to the trail system In Abram S. Hewitt State Forest were sparked by a rise in visitation, which has been accompanied by a rise in lost hikers, leading to a persistent need for the services of local search and rescue. This concept of reinvisioning trail systems to create loop trails has already been successfully introduced at Ramapo Valley County Reservation in New Jersey, where reports of lost trail users have been drastically reduced and the overall hiking experience has been greatly improved.

The improved trail options at this very popular day-hike destination will consist of the green-blazed Bearfort Ridge Loop and the pink-blazed West Ridge Trail.  

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