National Parks / Natural World
Ringwood State Park Ringwood
Where are we going today?
Sometimes you just want to get out and enjoy nature with the family, and Ringwood State Park is the perfect place to help you!
Ringwood State Park features the State Botanical Garden - one of the most popular reasons people visit. When you get there, you will see why! It's the culmination of two eras that is most fascinating. There are deciduous trees, evergreens, and a host of other amazing plants and shrubs to explore.
Keep an eye out for the amazing view of the Ramapo Mountains too!
Within Ringwood State Park, the 74 acre Shepherd Lake offers some great water fun, with swimming popular with the kids! Families can also enjoy canoeing, boating, and fishing with the rented boats on offer. If you grab your walking shoes you can take to the trails that surround the lake which lead to rocky vistas.
If you really love those trails, then you will love the marked trails that are just waiting fo you to explore. Each of the trails are colord coded to show their level of difficulty, so you can know exactly what you are about to embark on.
For families who just love a challenge, there is a 7.5 mile mountain biking loop that begins at Shepherd Lake.
Think Ringwood State Park is just for summer? Nope! Winter brings a host of new adventures for you to enjoy, including cross-country skiing, snowmobiling, ice fishing and sledding.
How much fun does that sound!
Nature, adventure, and family fun out in this New Jersey state park. We're excited - are you?!
How much does it cost?
- AdultsFree! Shepherd Lake $5 - $20/vehicle from Memorial Day - Labor Day
When can we go?
8am - 6pm daily
All year round.
There are picnic tables at the visitor center, so why not grab a packed lunch and enjoy it under the sun!.
Always take bottled water with you, and healthy snacks are a good idea for energy.
Any Top Tips?
Entrance fees are charged for Shepherd Lake area from Memorial Day to Labor Day per vehicle.
Doing our bit
They operate a carry in/carry out policy so they can ensure that the park stays as clean as possible - not only for families but for the wildlife and nature too!.
Need a little extra help?
Speak to staff when you arrive about the accessibility of the activities and trail within the park.
Check out Skylands Manor, which was built in the 1920s! They offer tours, and fees are charged per vehicle between Memorial Day to Labor Day.