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Abram S. Hewitt
State Forest

Location:
Passaic County,
West Milford Township

Mailing Address:
c/o Wawayanda State Forest
885 Warwick Turnpike
Hewitt, NJ 07421
(973) 853-4462

GPS Coordinates
41° 11’ 8.5363” N 74° 19' 52.95" W

Size: 2,001 acres

Fees: No entrance fee.
Link to the Related Fees page

Directions:
Abram S. Hewitt State Forest is located in Hewitt off of Warwick Turnpike. The forest can be reached by taking Route 23 to Union Valley Road into West Milford. At the light past the town hall, bear left and continue on Union Valley Road. At the next fork in the road, turn left onto White Road and at the next intersection turn right. Parking is along both sides of Warwick Turnpike. Trails start near stream.

Facilities & Activities:

Trails:

  • Hiking

Additional Interests:

 

 

A section of Bearfort Ridge reaches into Hewitt State Forest, offering hikers a challenging climb with a rewarding view. The forest is isolated and untouched, accessible only on foot. Marshes and wetlands are scattered throughout the forest with several brooks and streams crisscrossing the lower areas. Hemlock and oak are the dominant species of this relatively undisturbed forest.

New Jersey's Black Bear Hunting Season

Following Governor Phil Murphy's Executive Order No. 34 (pdf), DEP Commissioner Catherine R. McCabe has issued Administrative Order No. 2018-24 closing all DEP owned, managed or otherwise controlled lands to bear hunting during the October and December 2018 season segments. The closure includes, but is not limited to, the following: state forests, parks, recreation areas and natural areas; and wildlife management areas.

Administrative Order 2018-24
(pdf)


Keep Your Forest Clean

Through the Carry-In/Carry-Out Program you can help us keep your parks clean and beautiful by carrying out the trash you carry in. Bags are provided throughout the site. Thank you for your cooperation and remember to recycle.


Park Map

Abram S Hewitt State Forest Area Map

Appalachian Trail

Rocky outcrops and upland swamps characterize Abram S. Hewitt State Forest. Upon entering the forest, the Appalachian Trail ascends to Bearfort Ridge. The glacially carved ridge offers spectacular views eastward along Greenwood Lake. Bearfort Mountain is the eastern terminus of the Wawayanda Plateau. At this point, the Appalachian Trail leaves New Jersey and enters New York.

Trails

Hiking trail maps available at Wawayanda State Park Office.

Hunting

State Park Service areas open to hunting

Tree Stands and Blinds Policy

Parts of Abram S. Hewitt State Forest are open for hunting. For information about hunting, refer to the New Jersey Fish and Wildlife Digest or contact the Wawayanda State Park office.

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Special Use Permit Application

Special Use Permit Application Package

A Special Use Permit is utilized to accommodate a specific activity or event being conducted over a short duration. There are two types of special use permits: Non-Commercial and Commercial and fees are based on NJ residency and Non-residents.  A completed application must be submitted to the park/forest area where the activity or event is being held at least 90 days prior to the event. If the special use or event is extremely large or complex, at least one-year’s prior notice is recommended. 

 

 

 

Questions regarding our parks and forests can be directed to
Michele Buckley of the State Park Service.

 

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Last Updated: November 24, 2015