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Pyramid Mountain Natural Historical Area
The mountain provides diverse habitat for 400 species of native plants, more than 100 kinds of birds, and 30 species of mammals. All this is encircled by major highways and within sight of New York City’s skyline.
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Newark-Prequannock Watershed
Description: Located within 35 miles of the New Jersey-New York metropolitan area, the watershed encompasses nearly 36,000 acres of open space. Its five reservoirs provide water for the city of Newark and many recreational opportunities. Several miles of trails wind through the varied, often rocky, terrain.

Wildlife to Watch: The watershed provides niches for numerous forest-dwelling birds and mammals. Scan the treetops for dozing porcupines. Wild turkeys, ruffed grouse, white-tailed deer, and gray squirrels feed on the area’s abundant acorns. Black bears love blueberries, as do raccoons, red foxes, and numerous species of birds.

Special Tips: Call or visit the Echo Lake office for information and to purchase an access permit before visiting the site. ACCESS PERMITS ARE REQUIRED. OPEN FOR HUNTING DURING PRESCRIBED SEASONS.

Ownership: City Newark, managed by the Newark Watershed Conservation and Development Corporation 
Size: 35,000 acres 
Closest Town: Newfoundland

ParkingCross Country SkiingHikingBoat LaunchHorse TrailsFeeSmall Boats

Best Seasons for Wildlife Viewing:

Porcupine - photo by USFWS
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Driving Directions:
From the junction of Interstate 287 and New Jersey 23, take NJ 23 north for almost 8 miles to Echo Lake Road. Turn right and travel 1 mile to the Echo Lake Office on the left.

For more information call (973) 697-2850.

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Newark-Prequannock Watershed : Wildlife Viewing Area