Pyramid Mountain Natural Historic Area

472 Boonton Avenue, Montville Township, NJ 07045

(For driving / GPS address)

Hours of Operation Spring  & Summer Activities / History / No Smoking Policy

Enjoy a wide range of geological and ecological experiences at the spectacular natural area known as Pyramid Mountain Natural Historic Area. This area of 1,544.76 acres offers rugged trails, fields, forests, rock outcroppings, and wetlands. The highest point in the park is 934 feet with a magnificent view of the New York City skyline.

Easily visible to hikers are the unusual glacial erratics, such as Tripod Rock, a 180-ton boulder balanced on three smaller boulders deposited by the Wisconsin Glacier over 18,000 years ago. Bear Rock, located nearby, is one of New Jersey’s largest glacial erratics. The flat-topped ridges and narrow valleys in the park are not only beautiful, but also vital in the water cycle, feeding downstream reservoirs, supplying needed aquifers, and supporting flora and fauna. For experienced hikers looking for new routes, the Kincaid Access Area provides access to some less-frequented, pristine trails, as well as alternate access to the park’s most popular features, such as Tripod Rock.

After an exhilarating hike on the trails, come inside the Pyramid Mountain Visitor Center to experience a variety of interactive educational exhibits about the history and wildlife of the area, including the Lenape Indians and early European settlers, habitats, and how the Wisconsin Glacier shaped the land. Amazing photography featuring the park and its inhabitants in each of the four seasons adorns the walls.  Use the sound board exhibit to listen to recordings of local wildlife, or touch real natural and historical artifacts found on site. Enjoy observing the live insects and trying crafts and games.

Digital trail maps are available online.

 

Spring and Summer Activities:

SPRING: Experience firsthand the many amazing changes in the natural world as winter loosens its grasp and spring begins. As you walk along the trails, listen for the ‘quacks’ and ‘peeps’ of wood frogs and spring peepers as they call for mates. The patient observer can also be rewarded with the cheerful songs and bright colors of migrating birds arriving in the area after wintering in the south.

Highlights of spring programs include Toddler Treks, guided hikes for all ages and interests, canoe paddles, and many more offerings for all age groups and interests.

SUMMER: The mountain is alive with sound and color in the summer, and wildlife is easy to spot along the trails. Reptiles abound and five-lined skinks in the rocky highlands, box turtles in the cool woodlands, and northern water snakes in the lowland streams can be found. Early to mid-summer is filled with butterflies, attracted to the many native plants in the park. Late summer is a time to learn about local bats that are foraging before their fall hibernation at the annual ‘Bats on the Brink’ program and night hike.

Highlights of summer programs include a wide variety of Adventures in Nature summer camps for children ages 2 to 18. Naturalists can take you on a guided nature walks along the cool forested trails, pointing out wildlife and sharing interesting facts about the area’s wild residents.

 

The Special Events page highlights programs and activities, offering unique and fun opportunities for visitors of all ages.

History:

For over ten thousand years, this natural area provided shelter and served as a  hunting, fishing, and gathering site for the Lenape Indians. Over three hundred years ago, the Lenape Indians experienced their first encounter with European colonizers.

Many of the first explorers and traders who discovered this corner of old Pequannock were of Dutch extraction. Surveyor stones and enduring stone walls still mark their homestead farms and woodlot boundaries.

Pyramid Mountain was established in 1989, after a lengthy grassroots efforts to preserve the area from development. The first parcel was funded through support from the Mennen Company in 1989 and the Visitors Center was dedicated in 1993.

 

Hours of Operation:

Pyramid Mountain trails are open daily Sunrise to Sunset throughout the year.
The Visitors Center is open 7 days a week, 9 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. throughout the year.

 

No Smoking Policy

The Morris County Park Commission has recently announced a No Smoking Policy banning all smoking including burning of, inhaling from, exhaling the smoke from or the possession of a lighted cigar, cigarette, pipe or any other matter of substance which contains tobacco or any other matter that can be smoked, or the inhaling or exhaling of smoke or vapor from an electronic smoking device. CLICK HERE for more details. Thank you for your continued support!

 

For more information, 973.334.3130.

things to Do:

Birthday Parties *
Commercial Filming
Commercial Photography Permits
Hiking
Photography Permits
Snowshoeing
Summer Camp Programs
Wildlife Viewing

Features:

Directory
Hiking Trails
Nature Trails
Parking
Party / Meeting Rooms (Reservable)
Pets On Leash
Point of Interest
Programs
Restrooms / Port-A-Johns
School Programs
Scout Programs
Visitors Center

* Requires permit/advanced scheduling |

(HC) Handicap Accessible

Click below for driving directions

GPS Address: 472 Boonton Avenue, Montville Township, NJ 07045