As of May 2, 2020, Franklin Parker Preserve and Apshawa Preserve are reopened to the public, consistent with the reopening of New Jersey state and county parks. Please continue to following the guidelines put forth by the CDC, including social distancing, limiting group sizes, and wearing masks when appropriate. If parking lots are near capacity, please consider coming back at another time or visiting a different park or preserve.
About the Preserve
This 576-acre preserve offers a diversity of habitats and beautiful vistas in the heart of the Highlands of northern New Jersey. The 40-acre Butler Reservoir is a scenic attraction for hikers and birdwatchers, and the Apshawa Brook flows through the preserve to the Pequannock River. Apshawa’s mixed hardwood forest is dominated by oak and sugar maple. More than five miles of blazed trails traverse the Apshawa Preserve and are open for hiking, bicycling, horseback riding, nature study and fishing. Some trails were recently rerouted – see our new map! A 3.2-mile deer “exclosure” fence was erected in 2010 to promote healthier, more diverse plant life. The Apshawa Preserve is open year round from dawn to dusk for recreation, and can be accessed from Northwood Drive off of Macopin Road in West Milford. The Preserve is a cooperative project of New Jersey Conservation Foundation and the County of Passaic. Read about our Volun-Deer Hike at Apshawa on the Dodge Blog >
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