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Apshawa Preserve


576 Acres
West Milford Township
Passaic County

GPS address: 4 Northwood Drive, West Milford, NJ, 07480

Apshawa Preserve in autumn
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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.

Read about our Volun-Deer Hike at Apshawa on the Dodge Blog >


Getting to the Apshawa Preserve

View Apshawa and Skyline Preserves in a larger map

Directions to the Apshawa Preserve from Route 287

  • Route 287N to Exit 52 - Route 23 North
  • Route 23 North for 5.6 miles to Germantown Road
  • Right turn onto Germantown Road and travel east for 2.5 miles
  • Right turn onto Macopin Road and travel for 1.6 miles
  • Right turn onto Northwood Road and immediately look to the right for "Apshawa Preserve, New Jersey Conservation Foundation" sign. There's plenty of parking in the lot there.

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