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 Macopin Road in West Milford. The Preserve is a cooperative project of New Jersey Conservation Foundation and the County of Passaic.
- Bird Watching