Description - 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.
- 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.
Hiking trail maps available at Wawayanda State Park Office.
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Climate - The temperatures in New Jersey vary slightly, with the southern area being the warmest. Winter weather can start by October and is in full force by November, temperatures average 20 to 40 degrees. Spring can begin in mid March and brings temperatures of 50 degrees F, by April temperatures can reach 65 degrees F. Summer weather can extend from late May to mid September, and temperatures often reach 95 degrees during this season with nighttime lows near 65 degrees. Fall weather has temperatures between 65 and 45 degrees F. Precipitation levels in New Jersey are highest from March through August.
West Milford Township
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.