Governor Mountain, Ringwood State Park

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View from Governor Mountain on Wanaque Reservoir

Ringwood State Park is a located very close to the NJ - NY state line. The area has a similar look and feel as the Harriman State Park in New York: hilly, wooded and filled with several Scandinavian like lakes.

Like the Harriman area in NY this NJ twin was also the private property of rich Iron families. The mountain I had in mind for my today's hike is called Governor Mountain. It is said that it was named after the Governour family, the early owners of the local Ringwood Ironworks, which lived here in the 1700s. The name was later transformed to Governor Mountain.

Governor Mountain is with just 196 meters (643 ft) not a real high one, but it offers nice views over the huge Wanaque Reservoir at the feet of the mountain and their surrounding hillscape.

The NY - NJ state line

It took me less than 3 hours to do the 9.3-km (5.8-mile) loop and since the days are already getting longer, I decided to add another (4.8-km (3-mile)) loop to the hike. This hike took me to the NJ - NY state line and to an even higher (218 m / 715 ft) high unnamed mountain. The state line looked like a real border, there was a whole strip of trees cut down.

All the little hills combine still generated a 500-meter (1640-feet) total climb. A nice way to spend a Sunday afternoon!

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View from Governor Mountain on Wan…
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The NY - NJ state line
The NY - NJ state line
Near the summit of Governor Mounta…
Near the summit of Governor Mount…
Its me!
It's me!
Its moss!
It's moss!
View from Governor Mountain on Wan…
View from Governor Mountain on Wa…
GPS Height Profile
GPS Height Profile
The original hike (green) and the …
The original hike (green) and the…
Governor Mountain - NJ
photo by: mdalamers