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.
Through the Carry-In/Carry-Out Program you can help us keep the parks clean and beautiful by carrying out the trash you carry in. Please bring a biodegradable bag with you when visiting to take your trash home. Thank you for your cooperation and remember to recycle.
The New Jersey Forest Fire Service has announced Stage 2 Fire Restrictions HAVE BEEN LIFTED for all state parks and forests which fall under the Forest Fire Service's Division A, beginning Thursday, October 3, 2019.
The NJ Forest Fire Service has announced that State 1 Fire Restrictions are in affect through Sunday, October 6th, 2019.
All campfires in provided fire rings are now permitted.
Propane stoves and liquid fuel stoves are permitted at all times.
For additional questions, please contact the park office for the park you plan on visiting.
The duration of the restriction is unknown at this time.
More information about fire restriction levels can be found on our website here: https://njparksandforests.org/fire/firedanger-restrictions.html
Abram S Hewitt State Forest Area Map
Rocky outcrops and upland swamps characterize
Abram S. Hewitt State Forest. Upon entering the forest, the
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.
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.