Pyramid Mountain Natural Historic Area

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472 Boonton Avenue
Montville Township, NJ 07045

T: (973) 334 - 3130

Hours:
M-F: Daily, sunrise to sunset.
Sat-Sun: Daily, sunrise to sunset.

Directions

Amenities

Pyramid Mountain Natural Historic Area features over 1,600 acres of rugged trails, fields, forests, rock outcroppings, and wetlands. Easily visible to hikers are the unusual glacial erratic boulders deposited by the Wisconsin Glacier over 18,000 years ago, such as Bear Rock, Tripod Roc and Whale Head Rock. The flat-topped ridges and narrow valleys in the park are not only beautiful, but also vital to the water cycle, feeding downstream reservoirs, supplying needed aquifers, and supporting flora and fauna.

Plan Your Visit

The Visitor Center is open to the public Thursday to Sunday 10am – 4pm.

Whatever you have planned for the day, you can find the perfect trail for your next trip to Pyramid Mountain Natural Historic Area. With over 19 miles of rugged trails, fields, forests, rock outcroppings, and wetlands, there is something for everyone. The highest point in the park is 934 feet with a magnificent view of the New York City skyline.

To learn more Trail Courtesy, What to Bring, and other trail tips on how to share this pristine, natural space with each other – check our Trail Resources!

Please Remember:

  • Explore our website to confirm our hours of operations and note special announcements or closings.
  • View trail and suggested hike maps to plan your next trek.
  • Smoking, including the use of e-cigarettes, is strictly prohibited.
  • Dogs must remain on a 6’ leash as per Article III, Section 3 of the Morris County Park Commission Rules and Regulations.
  • For safety purposes, all trail users must stay on signed/blazed trails or walkways.
  • Bikes are not allowed.
Maps

Large – 11″ x 17″ (1 page)

Letter – 8.5″ x 11″ (2 pages, split)

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Programs & Activities
  • Naturalist-led seasonal programs and activities for visitors of all ages.
  • Hiking trails
  • Scenic Overlooks
  • Tripod Rock
  • Bear Rock
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 ancestry. Surveyor stones and enduring stone walls still mark their homestead farms and woodlot boundaries.

Pyramid Mountain was established in 1989, after a lengthy grassroots effort 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.