West Milford Township
c/o Wawayanda State Forest
885 Warwick Turnpike
Hewitt, NJ 07421
41° 11’ 8.5363” N 74° 19' 52.95" W
Size: 2,001 acres
Fees: No entrance
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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:
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)
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.
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.