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.
Pyramid Mountain Natural Historical Area
|Description: 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.|
Wildlife to Watch: Chestnut oaks, numerous on high ridges, and stands of beech trees, help provide forest cover for year-round residents like pileated woodpeckers, red-billed woodpeckers, wild turkeys, and black-capped chickadees. Summer neotropical visitors include scarlet tanagers, yellow warblers, and indigo buntings. As you hike along the trails, you may spot black bears, beavers, with-tailed deer, or coyotes. Bobcats still inhabit the region, too. Cat Swamps and Cat Rocks were named for this shy forest inhabitant.
Other Activities: Five marked trails meander through and around fields, forests, rock outcroppings, streams, and wetlands. The Blue Trail has an overlook with a view of New York City. Look for a famous glacial erratic named Tripod Rock. This huge rock has been balanced on three small boulders for the last 15,000 years.
Ownership: Morris County Park Commission
Size: 1000 acres
Closest Town: Boonton
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